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.

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)

Students Only Dress Rehearsals

Jubilee Auditorium


Be sure to mark your calendars!

Calgary Opera is pleased to offer students the opportunity to see a complete opera at only $18 per ticket! Group seating is available, students must hold a valid student ID, and a limited number of adult chaperones is permitted.

We are now accepting School Group Bookings for the 2018/19 Season!

2018/2019 Dress Rehearsal Performances

Roméo & Juliette 
Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 7:00 pm
By Charles Gounod

 Click here for the Study Guide​

Gounod’s tribute to Shakespeare’s classic, this tragic tale of romance between two young lovers caught in the middle of feuding families comes vividly to life with Calgary Opera. A deeply human story with enduring themes of love, fate, and tragedy, this production incorporates extended ballet, and a rich cast of opera stars. 

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Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 7:00 pm

By Joby Talbot and Gene Scheer


Bad weather has affected this year’s climbing season, and now multiple expeditions are attempting to summit Everest on the same day. A bottleneck of climbers has delayed the progress of Rob Hall’s group, and he now finds himself near the top of the mountain with his client Doug Hansen, long after the agreed turnaround time has passed. Unbeknown to the two mountaineers, a ferocious storm is brewing below. Meanwhile, further down the mountain, another of Rob’s clients, Beck Weathers, lies unconscious as the storm rages around him. Everest will move, inspire and enthrall you.

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Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 7:00 pm

By Giuseppe Verdi

The hunchback Rigoletto, a court jester to the libertine Duke of Mantua, is cursed by the father  of one of the Duke’s victims for his mocking behaviour.  When the Duke seduces Rigoletto’s naïve daughter Gilda, it seems the curse is taking effect, and Rigoletto becomes obsessed with revenge. His plot goes terribly awry when his beloved Gilda loses her life in Rigoletto’s misguided efforts to settle the score with the evil Duke.

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*Please note all of our opera’s display English super titles above the stage! 

School Group Bookings:
Calgary Opera Box Office


Individual Student Tickets:

  • Read the Terms below
  • Call our box office at 403-262-7286 or visit in person at 1315 7 Street SW (M-F, 9am – 5pm)
  • Mention you are purchasing Student Dress Rehearsal Tickets
  • Provide student ID
  • Provide payment (cash, credit card, or cheque)
  • Select either ‘Hold at Box Office’, ‘Print at Home’ or ‘By Mail’ ($3 mailing fee) ticket delivery options.

Group Bookings:

  • Read the terms below
  • Call our box office at 403-262-7286 or visit in person at 1315 7 Street SW (M-F, 9am – 5pm)
  • Mention you would like to make a Student Dress Rehearsal Group Booking
  • Confirm number of tickets you would like to reserve
  • Confirm method of payment
  • Confirm final number of tickets and make payment at least 14 days ahead of the performance you are attending


  • All tickets to dress rehearsal performance are General Admission. No seat selection option is available unless wheelchair accessible seating is required. Please arrive early for the best availability.
  • All group sale tickets must be paid for in advance. There are no ticket sales or payment options available for pre-booked group sales at the door.
  • All performances take place in the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium unless otherwise noted and begin promptly at 7:00 pm.
  • Late-comers may not be admitted if arriving after the show start time.
  • All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges except in the case of a cancelled performance.
  • A Study Guide including links to downloadable music highlights is available on our website under ‘Education’ approximately four weeks prior to the performance.

INDIVIDUAL TICKETS for CBE School or Separate School Group Students, or full time Post Secondary Students

  • Individual tickets are $18 per ticket (GST incl.)
  • Tickets can be purchased by or on behalf of elementary, junior high, high school and full time post-secondary students
  • Due to limited availability, only two (2) tickets per student may be purchased
  • Full payment is due at the time of purchase
  • It is parents’ / guardians’ responsibility to ensure the content of the opera they are purchasing tickets for is appropriate for their children

GROUP BOOKINGS for CBE Schools, Separate School Group Schools, Post Secondary Groups, Community Outreach Organizations and Music School or Private Music Teacher Groups

  • Tickets can be purchased in advance as a group booking through schools, community outreach organizations that provide services to marginalized communities, music schools or private music teachers.
  • Group bookings by schools and youth organizations with children under the age of 18 require one (1) adult chaperone for every nine (9) youth/students. Chaperones are responsible for students while in the venue.
  • Tickets are $18 per ticket (GST incl.)
  • Every 10th ticket in group bookings is free.
  • All tickets must be requested in advance and paid for prior to the deadlines outlined above.
  • Tickets for group bookings must be paid for by credit card, cash or cheque at least two weeks prior to the performance. If payment is not received prior to this deadline any tickets being held will be released for sale.
  • If there are any changes to the number of tickets required for a group booking, please notify Calgary Opera as soon as possible.
  • Changes to group bookings will not be made within fourteen (14) calendar days of the performance being attended.
  • Once payment is received, tickets may be picked up in advance (recommended for large groups) or at the door on the night of the performance up to 1 hour before the performance start time.
  • It is the organizers’ responsibility to ensure the content of the opera they are purchasing tickets for is appropriate for their students / members