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. 

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Ambur Braid & Adam Luther in The Magic Flute (Photo by Trudie Lee)

Calgary Opera FAQs

Box Office 403 262-7286

Monday through Friday
9am – 5pm
Closed on holidays

2018 / 2019 Season

Roméo & Juliette by Charles Gounod
NOVEMBER 17, 21, 23

Gounod’s tribute to Shakespeare’s classic, this tragic tale of romance between two young lovers caught in the middle of feuding families comes vividly to life with Calgary Opera. A deeply human story with enduring themes of love, fate, and tragedy, this production incorporates extended ballet, and a rich cast of opera stars.

CONDUCTED BY GORDON GERRARD
DIRECTED BY JEAN GRAND-MAÎTRE

Everest - Composer; Joby Talbot, Librettist, Gene Scheer
FEBRUARY 2, 6, 8

Bad weather has affected this year’s climbing season, and now multiple expeditions are attempting to summit Everest on the same day. A bottleneck of climbers has delayed the progress of Rob Hall’s group, and he now finds himself near the top of the mountain with his client Doug Hansen, long after the agreed turnaround time has passed. Unbeknown to the two mountaineers, a ferocious storm is brewing below. Meanwhile, further down the mountain, another of Rob’s clients, Beck Weathers, lies unconscious as the storm rages around him. Everest the opera will move, inspire and enthrall you.

CONDUCTED BY DAVID BRISKIN
DIRECTED BY LEONARD FOGLIA

Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi
APRIL 6, 10, 12

The hunchback Rigoletto, a court jester to the libertine Duke of Mantua, is cursed by the father  of one of the Duke’s victims for his mocking behaviour.  When the Duke seduces Rigoletto’s naïve daughter Gilda, it seems the curse is taking effect, and Rigoletto becomes obsessed with revenge. His plot goes terribly awry when his beloved Gilda loses her life in Rigoletto’s misguided efforts  
to settle the score with the evil Duke.

CONDUCTED BY ROBERT TWETEN 
DIRECTED BY MICHAEL CAVANAGH


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How can I contact the Box Office?

The Calgary Opera Box Office is open Monday - Friday, 9 am-5 pm. The Box Office is also open 9 am - 4 pm on the Saturday of each production (November 17, February 2, and April 6). You can reach the Box Office by phoning 403-262-7286.

If you are calling the day of a performance after 5 pm you will be automatically connected to the after hours hotline, which is open the day of each performance between 5 pm and the performance start time. ALL PERFORMANCES BEGIN AT 7:30 PM.

Where do I park at the Jubilee Auditorium?

Calgary Opera recommends that you arrive between 45 - 60 minutes early to avoid parking delays. The Jubilee Auditorium has three lots available including the Jubilee Auditorium lot (North of the auditorium), ACAD lot (South of the Auditorium) and SAIT lot (far South of the Auditorium).

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Are there student or senior discounts available?

Yes, there are senior and student discounts in select seating areas in the Jubilee Auditorium (please see our full pricing and seating map for more details). To be eligible for a senior discount you must be aged 65 or over. To be eligible for a student discount you must currently be a full-time student with valid student ID. Calgary Opera offers $20 Rush tickets at the Jubilee Box Office one-hour prior to each mainstage performance for students with valid student ID. Each student ID is eligiable for ONE TICKET at the $20 rate.

Do you offer group discounts?

We offer a 20% discount off the adult rate for groups of ten or more to our mainstage productions (not applicable to subscriptions or already discounted tickets). Group discount tickets cannot be purchased online. To purchase Group discount tickets please contact the Calgary Opera Box Office.

Ticket Information

What if I lose my tickets? Can they be replaced?

Subscribers who have misplaced their tickets can have them replaced free of charge. For all other patrons, tickets can be replaced for a fee of $3 per ticket up.

To replace lost tickets phone 403-262-7286.

Can I exchange my tickets for another performance night?

For Subscribers Only:  If you cannot attend your selected performance(s), ticket exchanges for another evening of the same performance can be made, at no cost.  All exchanges must be done at least 48 hours in advance. Single ticket holders (non-Subscribers) can exchange tickets for another evening of the same performance for a fee of $5.00 per ticket.  Contact us at (403) 262-7286 if you wish to make an exchange, or donate your tickets back to Calgary Opera.  Please note - all exchanges must be done 48 hours in advance, no exceptions.

What if I can’t make any performance date of the opera?

Opera tickets make great gifts! You can always give your tickets to a family member or friend. You may also donate your ticket back to the Opera. You will receive a tax-deductible receipt for tickets that are returned 48 hours before the performance date and re-sold.

What if I miss my performance? Can I exchange those tickets for another night?

We cannot exchange tickets after the performance has passed. Exchanges must be made in advance and require that we are able to sell the tickets that you cannot use. If you cannot make a performance (and you are a subscriber) it is imperative that you exchange your tickets at least 48 hours prior to the performance date on your ticket.

Can I get a refund if I miss a performance?

We're sorry, but we do not refund performance tickets, even in the case of inclement weather.