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)

Study Guides

In order to make a trip to the opera more accessible for students attending the For Students Only Dress Rehearsals, Calgary Opera provides study guides to teachers so that they can help their classes prepare for the performance they are about to see.

The Study Guides are designed to be integrated into lesson plans in such subjects as music, history, literature and drama.

A study of the arts enhances young people’s intellectual, personal, and social development. The arts provide a rich and engaging curriculum that develops students’ abilities to understand the world and its cultures.

These Study Guides provide lesson plans, plotlines, character summaries, opera terminology and much more. Also see the downloadable music excerpts.

For more information, please contact:
Patricia Kesler, Education & Outreach Coordinator



La Bohème


Nemorino and the Magic Potion


Romeo & Juliette

Eugene Onegin


The Barber of Seville