Founded in 1972, Calgary Opera’s Mission is: To be the best at connecting people, through the magic of opera, to themselves, to each other, and to the community.
For 44 years, Calgary Opera has made a name for itself as a company that is committed to the development of Canadian talent and the development of new opera works, as well as bringing opera to all ages in the community on a broader scale.
Over the past decade, creating new works and building new productions has been a cornerstone of the company. By the opening of Calgary Opera’s 2016-17 season, the company will have presented six world premieres, six Canadian premieres, and numerous company premieres. Calgary Opera’s most recent Canadian premiere, Die tote Stadt (The Dead City), by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, opened to rave reviews. In addition, Calgary Opera re-mounted the original work Filumena in February, which premiered originally in 2003 in partnership with The Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity, and composed by John Estacio with libretto by John Murrell.
Calgary Opera is the only opera company in Canada with an outdoor summer opera festival (Opera in the Village), which brings opera to over 9,000 locals and tourists at ENMAX Park on the site of Calgary Stampede’s Indian Village.
The company’s Emerging Artist Program is the only one of four designated annual National Training Programs funded through Canadian Heritage in all of Canada, which provides 8 young artists the opportunity to learn through an intense program of vocal coaching, acting, performances, touring and one-on-one training with experts in the opera world.
Furthering community outreach, Calgary Opera brings opera to younger audiences through school tours in Calgary and northern/southern Alberta, and the Let’s Create an Opera program allows schools to conceptualize, create, construct, and produce their own opera to Calgary audiences. As well, the company’s For Students Only Dress Rehearsals provides thousands of students with hugely discounted tickets not otherwise available.
On the mainstage, Calgary Opera produces a subscription season of three full-scale operas at the 2,400-seat Jubilee Auditorium, complimented by a series of opera-related events and fundraisers.
The Mamdani Opera Centre is Calgary Opera’s administrative and rehearsal home, situated in the Canadian Heritage Site of Wesley United Church, where we also invite other local arts groups to use as performance space.