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)

Opera Talks

Jubilee Auditorium

Join us an hour before the performance for a FREE informative and entertaining session on the opera you are about to enjoy. Presented at the Jubilee Auditorium in the First Balcony Lobby.   Opera Talks include notable facts about the opera, musicial highlights, background on the opera and composer as well as information on the highlights of Calgary Opera's presentation.

La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini - November 9, 13 & 15, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Norma by Vincenzo Bellini - February 1, 5 & 7, 2020 - 6:30 PM

Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss - April 25, 29 & May 1, 2020 - 6:30 PM