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. 

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.

Enbridge believes in making communities culturally vibrant through investments in the arts. We thank them for their generous support of our Emerging Artist program.

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)

Alaska Opera Cruise

25% Discount for Subscribers on All-Inclusive Opera Cruise!

Join Calgary Opera’s own Mel Kirby and four recent graduates of the Emerging Artist Development Program on a trip of a lifetime.  For the first time aboard Regent Seven Seas Cruises, opera will be the spotlight entertainment and Calgary Opera will be providing the talent.  This “most inclusive luxury experience” departs Vancouver August 23 for a 7 night cruise through the Inside Passage, with stops in Ketchikan, Juneau, and Wrangell, Alaska, as well as Prince Rupert, B.C., before returning to the port of Vancouver.  

This is a first-class trip aboard a first-class cruise line and is all-inclusive in every way – unlimited beverages, including fine wines and premium spirits; unlimited shore excursions; transfers between airport and ship; pre-paid gratuities; and more!  Two for one fares are currently available for some classes of travel, but are going fast.  This is also Regent Seven Seas 25th Anniversary Voyage, with additional commemorative amenities also complimentary. 

This is a perfect time of year to cruise the west coast of British Columbia and Alaska, and you will experience sights and sounds that only cruising the Inside Passage affords. 

Calgary Opera will present four evenings of opera, ranging from aria classics to musical theatre favourites.  Your host and pianist will be Mel Kirby, Coordinator of Calgary Opera’s esteemed Emerging Artist Development Program.  Joining him will be Jason Ragan, Tenor; Johnathon Kirby, Baritone; Morgan Traynor, Mezzo-Soprano; and Anne Marie MacIntosh, Soprano. This will be an incredible opportunity for these young artists and we invite you to join us for this fabuous experience! 

Expedia Cruise Ship Centers, Mount Royal Office, in Calgary is offering all-inclusive Fares at a 25% discount to all Calgary Opera subscribers if you book by May 31, 2017.  

Contact Christina Pastron by phone directly at (403) 245-5010, or by email at