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.

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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

Based on Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love

Performing on Tour in Calgary Schools:  February 19 - March 15, 2019

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Calgary Opera's Emerging Artists will tour Nemorino and the Magic Potion. Adapted by Aaron Coates and Mel Kirby, this tuneful and whimsical opera is based on Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love.

This 45-minute English language version of Donizetti's Elixir of Love for young audiences is set in a contemporary rodeo fairground. Nemorino, an awkward and slightly clumsy carnival booth operator is infatuated with Addy, a rodeo trick rider who has eyes on Belcore, the brash and boisterous bull rider. Carnival huckster Dulcamara offers Nemorino a magical potion to make all his dreams of love come true. What ensues, nobody can foresee! The fully staged production with keyboard accompaniment, sets and costumes is performed by the young professional singers of Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Development Program.

If you're interested in more information on our Opera in Schools tour, contact:

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

Where & When

feb 19

Across Alberta