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)


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


The Emerging Artist Development Program 2016-2017 extends from October through April and is coordinated with the three main-stage productions of the Calgary Opera season, Die FledermausFilumena,  and Turandot.  Emerging Artist participants are cast in Supporting and Bit roles as well as cover roles throughout the season, based upon their skill level and experience.

The Christmas at the Opera Showcase in December will feature all of the Emerging Artists in a fully staged version of Bizet’s Doctor Miracle (Le docteur Miracle) and will be directed by Rob Herriot, with chamber orchestra conducted by Resident Conductor, Christopher Mokrzewski in the intimate setting of the Calgary Opera Centre Rehearsal Hall.

Emerging Artists have opportunities for individual and group contact with main-stage guest artists including visiting directors, Glynis Leyshon, Kelly Robinson, and Brian Deedrick; conductors Gordon Gerrard, Robert Dean, and Joseph Mechavich; and singers Sally Dibblee, Michele Capalbo, David Pomeroy, Norine Burgess, and Gregory Dahl.

Resident Voice Teacher, Dawn Johnson and Resident Conductor and Principal Coach, Christopher Mokrzewski 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) 

Confirmed guest teachers and coaches for 2016-2017 include Michael McMahon (McGill University), John Churchwell (Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco Opera), Nancy Argenta (Victoria Conservatory), and Peter Tiefenbach (Glenn Gould School)..

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