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)


The cast of Calgary Opera's 2013 Opera in the Village production of The Pirates of Penzance. Photo by Trudie Lee. The cast of Calgary Opera's 2013 Opera in the Village production of The Pirates of Penzance. Photo by Trudie Lee.

Sponsorship and individual giving are truly the lifeblood of charitable not-for-profit organizations, and Calgary Opera is no exception.  Without public and private sponsorship, we could not do what we do in bringing world-class grand productions to Calgary audiences and the magic of opera to the community at large. Without support such as yours to offset the substantial costs of production, grand opera would not be accessible to many who would like to experience this spectacular art form. 

It may surprise you that we depend so much on our individual supporters. Ticket sales only account for 28% of income - our biggest source of revenue is actually from individual donors, who account for a whopping 33% of our yearly income. Opera is the most expensive art form to produce: from costumes to world-class artists, to stage crew, set designers, a live orchestra and so much more, operas can cost between $800,000 and $1 million dollars per production to produce, all depending on the opera itself, artists involved, and the artistic vision of the Company. 


In addition, as recession hits Alberta, it is increasingly difficult to rely on corporate sponsorship in this Province.  Subscriptions have also been in decline over time as the population ages and the demand for a commitment to a subscription decreases.

The arts in general need the generous support of people like you, in order to sustain and maintain a high quality, culturally rich community.

There are many ways to give to Calgary Opera. 

What can your gift support?

Where does your individual donation go?  You can choose what you support at Calgary Opera:

Emerging Artist Development Program - Help develop new talent by donating to the Emerging Artists Program as a donor or an adopter. Learn more.

Education Programming - Help bring opera to Calgary's youth by supporting programming such as Let's Create an Opera, our Opera in Schools Tour, and so much more. 

New Works & Premieres - Did you know that Calgary Opera is Canada's leading opera company for new work creation and premieres? Your gift can bring new life to Canadian creation as well as bringing new and exciting works home to your community.

Mainstage Productions - Support bringing top artists, musicians and programming by giving an individual donation.

Summer Festival - Opera in the Village is Canada's only outdoor summer festival, with community programming bringing the fun of opera to ENMAX Park in Calgary every August. Your gift can support this innovative and exciting event.

Ways To Give

  • Cash/ Cheque/ Credit Card

To give a one-time gift through cash, cheque or credit card, you can donate through our website here, or use this form to mail in your gift. Pledge options are available- for more information, please contact Shevonne Brodeur at

  • In-Kind Donations

In-Kind donations are when, instead of giving money to buy needed goods and services, the goods and services themselves are given. Examples of such gifts would be donated artwork for an auction, or an appliance for the Mamdani Opera centre. These gifts are not eligible for membership, but may be eligible for a tax receipt. For more information of giving a Gift In-Kind, please contact Shevonne Brodeur at

  • Gifts of Stock & Securities

Donating shares of stock or securities is a smart way to give- you will recieve a tax receipt for the market value of your donation and will not be subjected to any taxes for capital gain. For more information, please contact Lauren Martin at, or fill out our Gifts of Stock & Securities Donation form (link below).


Provide for Opera's future by making Calgary Opera part of your will by making a gift of bequest, stocks and securities, endowment, in-kind gifts, annuities, life insurance policies, your RRSP and more. For more information, please contact Shevonne Brodeur at

Corporations can support Calgary Opera for many special benefits and outreach opportunities. For more information, please contact Suzanne Boyd at

  • Partner Organizations

You can support Calgary Opera through many external organizations, such as the Calgary Foundation, Agents of ChangeCanada Helps and more.

Gifts in excess of $20.00 will recieve a tax receipt in the mail, and individual gifts may be eligible for membership benefits. For more information on your gift and giving options, please contact Shevonne Brodeur at

Click here to make your donation today!


Key Statistics on Arts Funding

Alberta receives $8 million total for funding the arts, while by contrast, Ontario receives $47.4 million.

Subscriptions and single tickets account for only 28% of the operating costs required to produce three operas per year

Compared with other incorporated nonprofit organizations, arts and culture organizations receive much lower funding from government (28% for arts and culture vs. 49% for all nonprofits), much higher revenues from earned sources (50% for arts and culture vs. 35% for all nonprofits), slightly higher revenues from gifts and donations (17% for arts and culture vs. 13% for all nonprofits) and roughly similar revenues from other sources (5% for arts and culture organizations vs. 3% for all nonprofits).