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.

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)

Chorus & Supers

The Cast of Rigoletto (Photo by Trudie Lee) The Cast of Rigoletto (Photo by Trudie Lee)

Calgary Opera Chorus


Auditions for our 2019-20 season are now complete.

If you are interested in receiving information about auditions for our 2020-21 season or supernumerary opportunities, please contact Nicola Dawes at for more information.


Under the musical leadership of one of the country’s most respected chorus directors, Sandra Atkinson, the Calgary Opera Chorus is a fundamental component of Calgary Opera’s goal to enhance our community and spur civic pride through a variety of opera experiences.

Many long-time chorus members return every year, not only because of their love of performing, but also because of how much they enjoy working with Sandy. Other benefits include receiving a small stipend and complimentary tickets to Calgary Opera’s mainstage productions.

For more information about the Chorus, please contact Nicola Dawes at


A “Super” is the equivalent of an “Extra” in the movie world. It is an acting role without any dialogue or singing involved. If you are a budding actor wanting more stage experience this is the perfect opportunity for you. Or even if you are simply looking to spend time on stage surrounded by wonderful singers and music, please contact Nicola Dawes (contact information below). We are always looking for interested men, women and children to be Supers who are not members of Canadian Actors Equity Association. 

We are currently looking for several supernumeraries for the upcoming productions of La Bohème and Norma. 

Supernumerary Casting Call for La Bohème

Onstage: November 9 – 15, 2019

Director: Brenna Corner


(1) Stilt Walker
(1) Juggler
(1) Mime
(1) Head Waiter
(2) Waiter/Colour Guards
(2) Waiter/Drummers


Supernumerary Casting Call for Norma

Onstage: February 1-7, 2020

Director Nicolas Muni


(1) Roman Captain
(8) Roman Soldiers/Druids
(4) Priestesses of the temple - must have good movement capabilities
(2) Children - Should appear to be twin boys of about 4-5 years of age. Girls dressed as boys are fine.



Chorus members are required to attend music rehearsals for 4 or 5 weeks, depending on the opera. These rehearsals take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7pm to 10pm. Additionally, they are required to attend staging rehearsals during the 3 weeks leading up to mainstage productions.

The time commitment for Supers varies with each production. In general, Supers must be available:

5 weeks before opening night: 2 to 3 evenings per week for staging rehearsals

Tech week (the week before the production opens): every evening at the Jubilee

The performances: must be available to attend all performance.


Chorus members & Supers are paid an honorarium and are offered complimentary tickets to either the dress rehearsal or the Wednesday performance of the given production.


For more information contact:
Nicola Dawes
Executive Assistant & Artist Relations