2019-20 Season Announcement
Calgary Opera has been celebrating music, storytelling and passion on a grand scale for over 48 years, and our 2019-20 season is no exception.
"As this is my first season with Calgary Opera I didn't have the pleasure of selecting the exceptional line-up of programming that awaits us in ths captivating and fun-filled season. but I couldn't be happier to be here to present and share in it with Calgary's wonderful community of music lovers." - Bramwell Tovey O.C., Artistic Director
STYLE AND SUBSTANCE
From the beautiful and immensely popular refrains of Puccini’s La Bohème, to the emotionally-charged drama of Bellini’s Norma, to the gorgeous frivolity of Richard Strauss’ hidden gem Ariadne auf Naxos, this season does delightful double duty, being both enriching and highly entertaining from start to finish.
ALL NEW PRODUCTIONS
Though long-time Calgary Opera fans will have seen versions of these titles on our stage before, this season we’re delighted to be bringing you a season of never-before-seen productions, including one designed by renowned Irish stage designer Gary McCann that made its debut in Europe at Nederlandse Reisopera.
A VERITABLE COSMOS OF MUSICAL STARS
The fantastic roster of Canadian and international talent we have joining us this season could easily be mistaken for the line-up from any of the world’s most renowned opera houses. We are so fortunate to have joining us singers Miriam Khalil, Antoine Bélanger, Aviva Fortunata, David Pomeroy and Sharleen Joynt, director Brenna Corner and conductor Gordon Gerrard who are all home-grown here in Canada. Stunning sopranos Rebecca Nash and Renée Rapier as well as director Nicholas Muni, all hail from the United States of America. Conductor Alice Farnham, and director Laurence Dale come to us from the United Kingdom. And conductor Jonathan Brandani was born in Italy.
MORE THAN THE MAIN STAGE
Beyond our Jubilee Auditorium productions, we also have a wonderful schedule of community programming that’s perfect for families or anyone who simply can’t get enough opera.
• SUNDAY OPERA BRUNCH – An intimate concert and brunch rolled into one delicious package.
• CHRISTMAS AT THE OPERA – Featuring a reprise of Menotti’s charming Amahl and the Night Visitors along with seasonal selections and a sing-along at the Mamdani Opera Centre.
• EMERGING ARTIST SHOWCASE – An opera-in-concert version of Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict, a delightful musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing performed at the Mamdani Opera Centre.
NEVER A BETTER TIME TO DISCOVER OPERA
2019-20 is a season that grows with you. For those who are relatively new to opera or experiencing live opera for the first time, this carefully curated series of productions allows you to gradually deepen your appreciation of the art form with every show. From a popular classic that inspired the musical RENT, to a sensational bel canto opera that is a showcase for a truly remarkable performance by the fierce title character, to a joyous and larger than life version of a less well-known (but no less beautiful) German masterpiece.
And with our new OPERA DISCOVERY PASS – offering first time subscribers all three main stage shows for the remarkable price of $165 – there’s absolutely no reason to miss a single moment of it.