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. 

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

Impresario Circle

Be Part of Opera in the City

The Impresario Circle is a group of close friends that believe opera is a vital art form that has the capacity to transform and inspire our community.

Impresario Circle members are among our closest friends and supporters, and are the lifeblood of our organization, helping us to fuel innovative programs and deliver world-class opera experiences that make a positive impact on countless members of our community.

Join the Impresario Circle today to help ensure that opera remains a vibrant and essential part of our communtiy.

For more information or to join the Impresario email impresario@calgaryopera.com or phone Shevonne Brodeur (Development Manager) at 403-802-3409.


Membership Level and Benefits

CORE IMPRESARIO $1,250 - $1,799

  • Membership card that recognizes you as an Impresario Circle Member that gives you a 10% discount on extra single tickets to mainstage performances & Calgary Opera merchandise, and a discount at participating Calgary Opera partner establishments such as Kensington Wine Market and Peaseblossoms Flowers.
  • VIP service at Calgary Opera mainstage performances – including free preferred parking, access to the Impresario Circle Lounge before the performance and during intermission, complimentary coat check, and tickets to Opening Night receptions if you are attending opening night performances (Saturdays).
  • Front-of-the-line personalized ticket service for all Calgary Opera performances and events.
  • Two complimentary tickets to mainstage dress rehearsals.*
  • Invitation to attend Calgary Opera’s AGM as a voting member.
  • Invitation to attend two Impresario Circle Soirées.
  • Behind the scenes backstage tour of each mainstage production.*
  • Subscription to the Bravo! Newsletter, mailed to donors quarterly.
  • Opportunity to attend a staging rehearsal for one production.*
  • Recognition in the season programs and Calgary Opera communications.
  • A charitable tax receipt for the maximum amount allowable under CRA guidelines.

BRONZE IMPRESARIO $1,800 - $2,749

All of the above benefits, plus:

  • Reciprocal VIP benefits at participating Canadian opera companies.
  • Opportunity to attend a staging rehearsal for two productions.*
  • Opportunity to sit in an Emerging Artist rehearsal or coaching session.*
  •  Opportunity to sit in a Let’s Create an Opera school performance.*

SILVER IMPRESARIO $2,750 - $4,999

All of the above benefits, plus:

  • Special invitation to a sitzprobe (rehearsal with orchestra and cast).*
  • Opportunity to attend a staging rehearsal for all three mainstage operas.*
  • Opportunity to sit in the orchestra pit for one act of an opera.*
  • Exclusive invitation for two to the Silver Dinner.

GOLD IMPRESARIO $5,000 - $9,999

All of the above benefits, plus:

  • An exclusive invitation for two to the intimate Chair’s Dinner.
  • Opportunity to watch one act of a mainstage opera from the wings.*

PLATINUM IMPRESARIO $10,000+

All of the above benefits, plus:

  • Reserved Front Door parking at all Calgary Opera performances at the Jubilee Auditorium.
  • Honorary naming opportunities.

*Upon request, based on availability