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)

Facility Rentals

Mamdani Opera Centre - Interior Rehearsal Hall

Facility Rental Information

In July 2005, Calgary Opera acquired a 10-year lease on the Wesley United Church. In acknowledgement of a generous gift from local business leader and philanthropist Said Arrata the facility was renamed the Arrata Opera Centre from 2007-2015. In 2015, Calgary Opera appreciatively accepted a three-year partnership with Riaz Mamdani, CEO of Strategic Group, and renamed Wesley United Church to the Mamdani Opera Centre.

When it is not in use for Calgary Opera projects, we make it available to other non-profit companies for rehearsal, performance, special events, or production. For a floor plan or rental specifics, please click the links below.

Rental Information: Non Profit Rates - 2018/19
Floorplan: Main Floor PDF
Floorplan: Basement PDF
Rehearsal Hall: LX Plot PDF

For more information, or to book the space contact:

Bonni Baynton, Director of Production

**Please note that the Mamdani Opera Centre is not available for weddings or wedding related events.**

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