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)

Student Dress Rehearsals

Jubilee Auditorium

Students can see a Calgary Opera dress rehearsal performance for just $18*

A dress rehearsal is the final on-stage rehearsal of an opera before it premieres to the public. They include nearly full production values (with costumes, sets, lights, orchestra), but the show is still a work in progress.

2019/20 Dress Rehearsal Performances

La Bohème
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Ariadne auf Naxos
Trhusday, April 23, 2020

All performances at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.




Tickets are $18.00*

One student ID is valid for a maximum of 2 tickets for a student plus their adult chaperone.

All dress rehearsals are general admission. Please arrive early for the best seats.



Call our box office at 403-262-7286 or visit in person at 1315 7 Street SW (M-F, 9am – 5pm)

Student ID number must be provided at the time of booking.



Collect your tickets at the ticket pick-up table on the main floor of the Jubilee Auditorium up to 90 minutes before the start time on the date of the performance.

The student ID used to book the tickets must be shown at the time tickets are collected.



Teachers and music educators can book tickets to our Student Dress Rehearsal for their classes or groups.



For every 9 tickets purchased, you’ll receive the 10th ticket free.



For teachers, a Study Guide for each production will be made available on our website 2 weeks ahead of the dress rehearsal performance.

La Bohème Study Guide



Please contact:

Patricia Kesler
Education and Outreach Coordinator
Phone: 403-802-3404




Tickets can be purchased by or on behalf of elementary, junior high, high school and full time post-secondary students, or for groups by schools, community outreach organizations that provide services to marginalized communities, music schools or private music teachers. Due to limited availability, only two (2) tickets per student may be purchased per student ID. 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. 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 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. 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 children / students / members​. All sales final.

*Incl. GST. Plus handling fee.