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

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 surtitles above the stage! 

School Group Bookings:
Calgary Opera Box Office


  • Tickets are $18 and can be purchased by individual full time students with valid student ID (ID presented at Will Call if being picked up, OR in advance in person or via scan/email if tickets are being mailed).
  • $18 tickets can also be purchased in group bookings through youth organizations and schools. Group bookings by schools and youth organizations require a ratio of nine youth/students to one adult. (exceptions apply to group bookings made by Let's Create an Opera schools) Student ID is not required for group bookings by schools and youth organizations.
  • Individual ticket purchases by students are limited to one per student.
  • Group bookings receive every tenth ticket free of charge.
  • Adult supervisors are responsible for students while in the auditorium.
  • Dress Rehearsal tickets are assigned seating in First and Second balconies.
  • Tickets must be paid for by credit card, cash or cheque at least twoweeks prior to the Dress performance. After this point held tickets will be released. If there are any amendments to the number of tickets required by a group booking, we would appreciate knowing as soon as possible and no amendments can be made after the three week point when the payment is due.
  • Once payment is received, tickets may be picked up in advance (recommended for large groups) or at Will Call. Please note tickets may not be paid for at Will Call upon pick up. Payment must be received three weeks prior to the dress rehearsal.
  • A Study Guide including links to downloadable music highlights is available on our website approximately four weeks prior to each rehearsal.
  • All performances take place in the Jubilee Auditorium unless otherwise noted and begin promptly at 7:00 pm.