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 Society

Calgary Opera’s Legacy Society provides opportunities for our supporters who want to leave a lasting legacy through planned giving.

The Legacy Society allows our closest friends to pledge gifts today through assets such as securities and property, or in the future through estate planning.

Led by Honourary Chair Ben Heppner, the Legacy Society honours the substantial contributions of its members through exclusive events, recitals and concerts for their commitment to ensuring the longevity of the operatic art form in Calgary.

Having sung at leading opera houses all over the world, I have seen first-hand the need for consistent financial support from governments, corporations, and individual donors to keep this vibrant and vital art form healthy and innovative.  Calgary Opera’s new Legacy Society will enable the company to add to its existing base of support, and make bold artistic plans for the future.”   
-Ben Heppner, internationally renowned Canadian tenor

To learn more, contact:

Karin Nybo
Development Officer
T: 403-802-3400