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)

Let's Create an Opera

2019 marks the 22nd anniversary of Let's Create an Opera! Since 1997, this program has brought the magic of creating and performing an original opera to 57 Elementary Schools, reaching over 18,000 students.

We thank Enbridge for their sponsorship of this program. Without their support, Calgary Opera could not reach and teach the value of arts to next generation of Calgarians. 

In 2019 / 2020, Let's Create an Opera will be in the following schools:

Hawkwood School

Mother Mary Greene School

St. Augustine Fine Arts School

Guy Weadick's Video Journey Of Let's Create An Opera 

Over the course of 10 months in 2016/17, Calgary Opera documented the process of Let's Create an Opera in Guy Weadick Elementary School. This amazing school was kind enough to open their doors, to let us capture the opera creation journey for the students, teachers and artists.

As a result, we created a short 5 video series highlighting the pillars of the Let's Create an Opera program, ending with the culmination of it all, Oceanville, Guy Weadicks' one-act opera!

Below is Video #1 - Introduction to Opera. To see the entire video series, use the dropdown menu on the right-hand side of this page

If you would like your school to be considered for this great program, please contact:

Patricia Kesler, Education and Outreach Coordinator

Calgary Opera will provide your school with:

  • The application deadline for the following school year is December 1
  • Program introduction for teachers with guidance on integrating activities into the classroom and curriculum
  • An opera education presentation for the whole school including vocal demonstrations by Calgary Opera Emerging Artists
  • A playwright to collaborate with students on writing the opera's libretto
  • A composer to work with your music teacher and students to create the score
  • A stage director to guide your students in staging the final performance
  • A lighting and sound kit for use during your production, and a great rate on one of our technicians to operate the equipment
  • Discounted tickets for students at only $12.00 per student to attend a Calgary Opera dress rehearsal

“The Let’s Create an Opera program is an amazing opportunity for our students and staff to experience a genre of music that is often less accessible in our small community,” says teacher and program participant Tashina Hanrath. “The students are thrilled to be creating something that they had previously attributed only to experts or historical arts and are looking at opera in a whole new way. We integrated our opera experience into our AISI project, using the arts to further unlock reading comprehension and literature for our students. As each part of this process unfolds, my excitement to see the next step increases.”