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)


Jessica Strong works with John Fanning in a masterclass with the Emerging Artist Development Program. Photo by Alex Bonyun.


The Emerging Artist Development Program extends from October through April and is coordinated with the three Main Stage productions of the Calgary Opera season.  Emerging Artist participants are cast in Supporting roles as well as cover roles throughout the season, based upon their skill level and experience.

Emerging Artists have opportunities for individual and group contact with main-stage guest artists including visiting conductors and directors, as well as vocal coaches through the Master Class Series.  Such luminaries to teach the Emerging Artists have included Tracy Dahl, Soprano; Maestros Bramwell Tovey and Timothy Vernon, and vocal coaches such as Michael McMann, Peter Tiefenbach and John Churchwell, to name a few.

Resident Voice Teacher, Dawn Johnson and Resident Conductor and Principal Coach, Kimberly-Ann Bartczak, provide a continuity of vocal development throughout the program season in addition to eminent Canadian Voice Teacher and Soprano, Tracy Dahl, who is Guest Voice Instructor for several week-long residencies.

Resident Instructors in other performance development areas include Aaron Coates (Acting), and Dr. S. Joseph Warshawski, Otolaryngologist (Vocal Care and Health Consultant), and Natalie Callander/Fagnan (Financial Planning and Advice) 

Participants receive career counseling throughout the season in marketing, publicity, presentation, effective audition practices, exposure to prospective agents and prepare a marketing package.