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. 

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

Donor Memberships

Friends of Calgary Opera 

Calgary Opera’s community initiatives are fuelled by the support of people like you, who believe that investing in the arts means investing in a better community. The friends of Calgary Opera membership program recognize that all gifts are important, large or small, and that the annual fund supporting Calgary Opera programming and community activities, keeps opera thriving in our city.

Music consoles and uplifts us, help connect us to our friends and neighbours, and inspires us to be better people. Calgary Opera programs, like Let’s Create an Opera and the Opera in Schools tours, enrich the lives of tens of thousands of students and community members every year with the help of donors like you.

SUPPORTING FRIEND $100 - $249

  • A charitable tax receipt for the maximum amount allowable under CRA guidelines.
  • Advanced opportunity to purchase single tickets two weeks before they go on sale to the public.

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CONTRIBUTING FRIEND $250 - $499

All of the above benefits, plus:

  • Two tickets to one mainstage dress rehearsal of your choice. *
  • Membership Card that recognizes you as an Calgary Opera Community Member which gives you a 10% discount on extra single tickets to mainstage performances & a discount at participating Calgary Opera community partner establishments. (See web site for more details on Calgary Opera community partners)

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SUSTAINING FRIEND $500 - $1,499

All of the above benefits, plus:

  • Behind the Scenes backstage tour of each mainstage production. *
  • Master Class Two tickets to one class of your choice*

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*Upon request, based on availability

Email: friends@calgaryopera.com

Impresario Circle 

Impresario Circle members are among our closest friends and supporters and are the lifeblood of our organization, helping is 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 community.

CORE IMPRESARIO $1,500 - $1,999

All of the above benefits, plus:

  • 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
  • Two complimentary tickets to all mainstage dress rehearsals. *
  • Invitation to attend two Impresario Circle Soirées.
  • Staging/working rehearsal Invite*
  • Invitation to attend Calgary Opera’s AGM as a voting member.
  • Recognition in the season programs and Calgary Opera communications
  • Front of the line personalized ticket service for all Calgary Opera performances and events.

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BRONZE IMPRESARIO $2,000 - $2,999

All of the above benefits, plus:

  • Reciprocal VIP benefits at participating Canadian opera companies. *
  • Opportunity to sit in a Let’s Create an Opera school performance. *

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SILVER IMPRESARIO $3,000 - $5,999

All of the above benefits, plus:

  • Special invitation to a sitzprobe (rehearsal with orchestra and cast). *
  • Opportunity to sit in the orchestra pit for one act of an opera. *
  • Exclusive invitation for two to the Silver Affair.
  • Tickets to Opening Night receptions if you are attending opening night performances (Saturdays).

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GOLD IMPRESARIO $6,000 - $10,999

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.*

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PLATINUM IMPRESARIO $11,000+

All of the above benefits, plus:

  • Reserved Front Door parking at all Calgary Opera performances at the Jubilee Auditorium.
  • Honorary naming opportunities
  • Private EA Performance from 1 to 2 EA’s during the season*

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Email: impresario@calgaryopera.com

*Upon request, based on availability

Artistic Director’s Circle $25,000+

All of the above benefits, plus:

  • Acknowledgement on screens in lobby at mainstage performances
  • Production posters autographed by cast
  • Twenty dress rehearsal tickets for a student group of your choice
  • Recognition as a named Production/Performance Sponsor
  • Backstage champagne reception with the cast and director
  • Invitation to Artistic Director's dinner
  • Invitation to Season Launch VIP Reception
  • Two premium seating tickets to Calgary Opera signature fundraising event

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Email: impresario@calgaryopera.com

LEGACY GIVING 

This is a group of individuals who have made the decision to leave a legacy to Calgary Opera. Including Calgary Opera in your estate planning helps celebrate and sustain this special art form for future generations of opera lovers.

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