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.

Enbridge believes in making communities culturally vibrant through investments in the arts. We thank them for their generous support of our Emerging Artist program.

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

Valentine Ball Silent Auction

Calgary Opera Valentine Ball Silent Auction Items 

To reserve a bid in advance, please email Karin Nybo at knybo@calgaryopera.com.

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Lot #1 - Enjoy an evening at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity with two $50 tickets to our performances or talks, a $100 dining credit for our Three Ravens Restaurant and Wine Bar, and one night of on-site accommodation in a Superior room (not valid from Thursday through Monday of the Midsummer Ball Weekend). Value $500.00, Courtesy of the Banff Centre
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"Beyond Focus" by Linda Nardelli. Donated by Don Edie, and valued at $4,800.
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The Cliff Collection brings together the best of Lambert & fils Studio in its use of many signature elements. The finishing and connection details complete this full collection of lamps, giving character and nuance to their robust, functional forms. This lamp is finished with a black shade, brass stem and marble base.
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From the MoMA collection. The seat of the LC4 chaise lounge is designed to slide on the base to allow a range of relaxing sitting angles, from reclined to more upright. A black leather headrest adds to the comfort. Upholstery is Hairy Hide. The steel frame is adjustable. LC4 is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Generously donated by Haworth, valued at $4,800 and to be delivered in April.
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The ultimate experience! Grace the stage with your presence in Calgary Opera's November 2019 production! You and a guest will join cast members on the stage, receive full make-up, and experience the Opera like never before. Both participants must be available for numerous rehearsals on specific dates.
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Spend a week in Bayswater, Nova Scotia in a 3 bedroom/1 bath cottage with beautiful views. Travel costs not included. Generously donated by Heather Kitchen, and valued at $1,750.
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Lot #21 - Shop ‘til you Drop! Experience exclusive access to Holt Renfrew’s personal shopping suite where you will receive the following: $5,000 Shopping Experience; Consultation with a Holts personal shopper; Makeup application with Tom Ford Cosmetics. Value $5000.00 Courtesy of Holt Renfrew.
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Be a part of Stampede history with a limited edition Paul Hardy-designed white hat, made specifically for Calgary Stampede's Centennial in 2012. Also includes a limited edition Paul Van Ginkel print.
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Come down to historic Inglewood and learn a thing or two about classic cocktails from Calgary's most infamous bartender, Nathan Head. This class is followed by a three course dinner for you and your friends from Gorilla Whale's Chef Dirk McCabe, complete with wine pairing. Redeemable Sunday-Thursday on a mutually agreeable date and time. www.gorillawhale.ca
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Lot #47 - Flowers for a Year from Peaseblossoms. Peaseblossoms are the master minds behind all Calgary Opera flower presentations at our mainstage Operas! Value $600.00
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Worn by Soprano Lyne Fortin in the role of Marie/Marietta in Calgary Opera's 2016 production of Die tote Stadt. Includes sequined dress, white lace over gown and head piece.
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A pulse of light expressed in pearls. 14K yellow gold and freshwater pearls, handcrafted in YYC. Donated by Andrea Blais, valued at $975.
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Push the reset button on your wardrobe with a professional closet edit by noted stylist and fashion expert, Leah Van Loon. Receive one full session closet edit with up to 6 hours to evaluate and organize your main dressing area. Leah can help develop your personal style with tips and techniques to make the most of your current wardrobe. www.leahvanloon.com
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Lot #2 - A custom facial with Canadian facialist, Annie Graham. Technology based, multi-correctional treatment to address all your skin concerns and leave your skin looking flawless. Value $350.00 Courtesy of Annie Graham and the XO Treatment Room.
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Includes 4 ski or snowboard tickets; 2-Acura Tube Park 2-hour tickets for 2; 4 Mountain Bike Hill tickets; 2-Zipline for 2 tickets; 2-3 Month Access Pass to PTC. Generously donated by WinSport, and valued at $1,059.
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Pamper your pup with a $50 gift card to Doodle Dog and a gift basket from Sleep Rover that includes a $200 gift certificate.
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Lot #9 - Escape to the Rockies with a beautiful night of Fairmont accommodations in the world renowned Fairmont Banff Springs. Black out dates apply. Expires December 15th, 2018. Value $400.00 Courtesy of Fairmont Banff Springs.
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Get the full East Village experience with our staycation package for two! Package includes: A one-night stay in a king bed corner room at Alt Hotel; an art or culinary class for two at Raw Canvas ($150 gift card); dinner for two at charbar ($125 gift card); brunch for two at Deane House ($75 gift card); two admission passes for Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre; a tour of the neighbourhood from Calgary Municipal Land Corporation – East Village’s master developer; goodies from East Village retailers
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Two (2) Green Room Experience tickets to the Calgary International Film Festival’s 20th Anniversary Opening Gala on Wednesday September 18th, 2019 at The Jack Singer Concert Hall. Green Room Experience tickets include two drink tickets for the pre-show reception, hors d’oeuvres in the Founders Room and premium seats in the Upper Circle or Dress Circle Centre sections of the venue.
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One night stay in a lakeview room with valet and breakfast for two.
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Lot #31 - Two Night Stay at Fairmont Palliser Hotel Calgary
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Angela Morgan, "of what I have possessed", 36" x 24", 2019, oil on canvas
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Attend Calgary Opera's production of Rigoletto in April 2019, and enjoy the benefits that a Platinum member of our Impresario Circle receive - including front door parking, coat check, access to the Impresario Lounge and attend the Opening Night Reception (if you attend the Saturday show). Also included are two gorgeous Levenhuk opera glasses, generously donated by Chinook Optical.
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2 - 2015 Zuccardi Q Malbec, Argentina (94/100 James Suckling); 2 - 2016 Bastide Miraflors, France (94/100 Jeb Dunnuck); 2 - 2014 Hugo Cabernet, Australia (96/100 Gold Medal)
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Two (2) tickets to Theatre Calgary's production of Billy Elliot The Musical, April 9-May 1. Also includes a guest pass to the W.O. Mitchell Room before the show and during intermission.
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A $100 gift card to Calcutta Cricket Club and two "Category B" tickets to any concert in Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2018-2019 season.
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A $200 gift card to Foreign Concept, generously donated by Strategic Group Inc., and a flex pass of four (4) tickets to be used at the 2020 High Performance Rodeo.
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Acrylic paint and resin on canvas, 24" x 36". Generously donated by Sheila Kernan, valued at $2,285.
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Oil on board, 12" x 16". Generously donated by Sarah Kidner, valued at $1,450.
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Elevate your style with a $250 gift card to Bellissima Fashions.