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. 

Thank you to Repsol and TD for believing that arts can make a positive difference to the lives of young people. We thank them for their generous support of our community programs. 

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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.

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

Centre Timeline

1901 - 1911

Calgary’s population went from 4,000 to 43,000.

1906

Original wooden “Second” Methodist Church built at 819 – 13 Avenue SW, site of present St. Elizabeth Hungarian Catholic church. “First” Methodist, now Central Church on Seventh Street. “Third” Methodist now Trinity Church in Inglewood.

1911

New Church dedicated December 17

1912

Pipe Organ built by Ludwig Madorre in Saint Hyacinthe, Quebec, restored by Casavant Freres.

1914- 1918

First World War.

1918-1919

Spanish flu.

1925

Basement under auditorium excavated. United Church of Canada formed.

1930

Galleries added to sanctuary with donation from Lachlin McKinnon and dedicated to the memory of Southern Alberta’s Pioneer Mothers. Construction of new vestibule and front entrance, interior decoration and installation of new lighting system. Sunday School room used as gymnasium.

1939-1945

Second World War

1943

Organ console from University of Alberta Convocation Hall.

1944

Mortgage paid off.

1948

Front steps reconfigured from East-West to North-South. Sunday School room soundproofed with curtain wall suspended from ceiling.

1950-1971

Harold Ramsay, choirmaster. Mr. Ramsay was a former vocal coach for Paramount Studios Hollywood and organist at the Rivoli Theatre in New York city, a founder of the Calgary Choral Society and director of the Conservatory at Mount Royal College.

1955

Sunday School gallery and lower rooms enclosed. New stairway installed,.

1956

Addition of church parlour, youth rooms and new kitchen

1961

Youth Centre added

1963

Corner lawn fenced

1981

Church manse sold

1990

Thrift shop opened in basement.

1996

Declared a Registered Historic Resource.

2005

Calgary Opera moves in

2007

Renamed Arrata Opera Centre

2015

Renamed Mamdani Opera Centre