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)

School Tours

The Bremen Town Musicians  

By Dean Burry

Touring: February 18 – March 13, 2020

Based on a popular fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, a group of outcast farm animals, fed up with their mistreatment by humans, set out together to the town of Bremen to begin new lives as musicians. Along the way they must use their combined strengths to find their place and a way to live in harmony with a world that doesn’t understand them.

Calgary Opera’s School Tour

Each year, Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artists bring the magic of opera to schools across Southern Alberta.  These fun, fully-staged productions are crafted especially for young viewers and provide students with a deeper understanding of music, operatic singing, storytelling and the traditions of opera. Each performance is accompanied by an educator’s study guide to help integrate opera into the classroom curriculum and a post-show audience discussion to deepen the students’ engagement.

Opera school tours provide many young people with their first performing arts experience and reach thousands of children from diverse economic and cultural backgrounds who might not otherwise get the opportunity to see a live performance.

Cost: $950

For more information or to book a school tour performance, please contact:

Patricia Kesler, Education & Outreach Coordinator
(403) 802-3404

Where & When

feb 18

Across Alberta