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. 

Thank you to Repsol and TD for believing that arts can make a positive difference to the lives of young people. We thank them for their generous support of our community programs. 

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)

School Tours

L to R: Anne-Marie MacIntosh, Soprano; Morgan Traynor, Soprano; Jan Van der Hooft, Tenor

Hannaraptor - Now On Tour!

By Allan Gilliland and Val Brandt

Performing on Tour in Calgary Schools:  February 20 - March 16, 2018

Book your School for a 2019 Performance Today!

Set against the backdrop of the Alberta Badlands, Hannaraptor tells the story of a girl, Hanna, whose determination to protect a beloved dinosaur fossil propoels her into a life-and-death struggle against rapacious greed.  This one-act opera evokes the eternal fascination with dinosaurs and the mysterious world of pre-history, weaving together a timely story with compelling issues of social responsibility and a family's personal triumph.

Hannaraptor's music score is melded to a production of great visual appeal designed to capture the imagination of an audience raised on TV, iPads, video games and action movies.  It's a fun combination of the "Jurassic" and the genuine!

Schools may book performance dates between February 20 and March 16, 2018.  Download the Hannaraptor Information Sheet for more details.

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

Olga Primak, Education & Outreach Coordinator
(403) 802-3404


School Tours sponsored by:

  • Let's Create an Opera Enbridge logo

Where & When

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Across Alberta