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)

Legacy Giving

Gregory Dahl in Rigoletto (2019). Photo: Trudie Lee

Make giving part of your daily life through cash donations or donations of Non-Registered Securities

Cash donations are the most common way to make an impact. Many employers offer automatic payroll deductions or the charitable organization can set up pre-authorized debit options through your bank account or credit card.  Pre-planned giving helps charities do their work and, in return, you receive a tax donation receipt which can be claimed on your tax return as a credit. 

Alternatively, if you are holding publicly traded securities that have appreciated in value in your non-registered account, you can donate them “in-kind” to a charity.  In return, you’ll get a tax receipt equal to the fair market value of the securities donated, and not be taxed on the capital gains accrued on those securities, as you would if you sold the securities during your lifetime. 

Arrange future gifts through your estate planning

Deciding how to distribute your estate in advance helps ensure loved ones or important charities will be taken care of at your passing.  You can do this by: leaving a cash legacy; directing specific assets (e.g. publicly traded shares or land); or bequeath a share of the residue of your estate.  Outlining your charitable wishes in your will ensures you can enjoy the use of your assets while you are alive, knowing the charities important to you will benefit in your will.  Enhanced charitable tax credits are also available at this time. 

Alternatively, A Charitable Remainder Trust offers tax benefits that a living trust provides, with the remainder passing directly to a charity in your name as a beneficiary upon your death. 

Consider the long-term benefits of a donor-advised fund.

Establish a legacy through a donor-advised fund by donating a lump sum now, spread among various charities or distributed over several years.   This is a more cost- effective alternative to a private foundation.  You receive the tax receipt when you make the donation and then can allocate funds to any Canadian registered charity. 

Charitable donations attract both federal and provincial non-refundable tax credits.  Federally, you receive a tax credit of 15% for the first $200 of annual charitable donations, which jumps to 29% for cumulative donations above $200.