Students from Hillhurst School creating Doppel during Let's Create an Opera

Building generations of opera lovers.

Education programs are an essential part of what we do, enriching the experiences of our current patrons and building audiences for tomorrow through student and young people outreach. This includes great programs like Let’s Create an Opera that gives students the opportunity to create their own original opera, the Opera in Schools Tour that brings one-act operas into schools performed by Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artists, and Allegro Group for those opera lovers (or soon to be opera lovers) under 35. 


Discover everything you need to know about opera, and Calgary Opera.

This section will teach you everything you need to know about Calgary opera, and opera - from buying a ticket to shouting Toi Toi Toi! at the end of the performance, and everything in-between. You can also discover our Emerging Artist Development Program. Each season, Calgary Opera provides up to eight young singers with the opportunity to study and perform under a highly prestigious professional staff of teachers and performers. This program acts as a bridge between post-secondary education and the professional opera world.

Enbridge believes in making communities culturally vibrant through investments in the arts. We thank them for their generous support of our Emerging Artist program.

We thrive with your support.

Ticket sales cover less than a third of the cost of producing live opera, even on sold-out shows. We rely on government funding, sponsorships from corporations, and charitable donations to ensure that opera is alive and well for our community. 


Ambur Braid & Adam Luther in The Magic Flute (Photo by Trudie Lee)





Opera in the Village

Coming August, 2019 

Opera in the Village returns after a year off, in the summer of 2019 at ENMAX Park for four days of music and entertainment for the whole family. Canada’s only outdoor summer opera festival, Opera in the Village will present free musical programming, site  activities, and a unique condensed version of one of opera’s most beloved works, Carmen.  

The Spanish gypsy Carmen lives only for sensuality, and seduces the naïve soldier Don José.  His love for Carmen leads him to attack his superior officer, desert his military duties, and abandon his childhood sweetheart for Carmen. Unfortunately, Carmen soon grows bored with Don José, and when she leaves him for the dashing toreador Escamillo, Don José kills her in a jealous rage. Featuring singers and a narrator who will guide you through the action, Carmen will transport you to Seville in this sensational story of love, jealousy, and revenge.