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)

Resident Conductor & Repetiteur


A native of Montreal, Quebec, Kimberley-Ann Bartczak is a conductor, pianist and vocal coach. She is on staff at Opera on the Avalon, an alumni of Vancouver Opera's Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist Program, and has extensive experience in choral conducting and accompaniment. Recent appearances include assistant conductor for Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking and guest conductor for Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music, both at Opera on the Avalon, coach at the Neil Semer Vocal Institute in Coesfeld, Germany where she coached Barbara Hannigan, and repetiteur for Puccini's Turandot at Vancouver Opera. 

Ms. Bartzcak is only the third conductor to assume the position of Resident Conductor and Repetiteur at Calgary Opera, having been preceded by Topher Mokzrewski, and Gordon Gerrard.

The role of Resident Conductor and Repetiteur at Calgary Opera was established in 2009.  Ms. Bartczak’s duties include preparing each mainstage production during rehearsals, coach principals and covers; prepare each opera as assistant conductor and assist the conductor at all orchestra rehearsals. In addition, as Principal Coach of the Emerging Artists program, Ms. Bartczak aids in the preparation for all concerts, events, auditions and act as Music Director for all Emerging Artist performances.

Special thanks to United Active Living, the sponsor of Resident Conductor and Repetiteur, making this role at Calgary Opera possible.