Students from Hillhurst School creating Doppel during Let's Create an Opera

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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. 

 

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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 Sophie Clarke at sclarke@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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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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Lot #3 - Experience a full day of skiing or snowboarding for 2 adults at the breathtaking Sunshine Village. This package includes: - Full day lift tickets - Full day high performance ski/snowboard equipment rental, and full day ski/snowboard group lesson Valid January 3rd to February 14th 2018, February 25th to March 22nd 2018 and April 3rd to May 21st 2018. Value $688.00 Courtesy of Sunshine Village
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Lot #4 - Whether you choose to stop for a delicious meal after a day of skiing in Banff, or after a night at the theatre in Calgary; you know you’re in for a treat at SALTLIK. With the super friendly service, and perfectly cooked steak, you’re bound to have an excellent evening. Value $100.00 Courtesy of SALTLIK.
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Lot #5 - Enjoy the cuisine of Chef Jamie Harling as you make your way through the tasting menu at the newly renovated Deane House. Along with wine to tantalize your taste buds, this is a special evening you will not soon forget. Value $300.00 Courtesy of Deane House.
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Lot #6 - Whether a self confessed foodie, or a trained Red Seal Chef, you are bound to learn something at the Blue Door Oil & Vinegar tasting for you and 9 friends. Complimentary wine and cheese will be provided as well as a delicious tasting of a variety of oils and vinegars. Learn new, healthy recipes, or simply come and enjoy the food! Value $350.00 Courtesy of Blue Door Oil & Vinegar.
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Lot #7 - Jo Malone, with their loyal following, are pleased to offer you a gift basket filled with scents to pamper yourself with. Famous for their scented candles, but also their delicious body wash, cologne and lotions; treat yourself! Value $700.00 Courtesy of Vanessa Comisarow.
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Lot #8 - Hot Date for 2 at Glass House Collective, value $160.00. Try on our shoes and work in our team of professional glass artists to make the perfect cup! Experience what we experience by jumping in to this ancient art form for 30 minutes of excitement you will not forget... and you get to take your creation home with you.
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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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Lot #10 - “Sarastro” Carl White, 2017. Striking oil on board painting by Carl White, 2017. This piece is 8”x10” and comes framed from Christine Klassen Gallery. Value $1200.00 Courtesy of Carl White & Christine Klassen Gallery.
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Lot #11 - “Automythology #163” Chris Flodberg, 2016. Beautiful oil on board painting by Chris Flodberg, 2016. This piece is 36”x30” and is absolutely gorgeous. Value $5300.00 Courtesy of Chris Flodberg.
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Lot #12 - Automythology #6” Chris Flodberg, 2016. Incredible suite of mixed media portraits by Chris Flodberg, 2016. This piece is 30”x21” and comes framed and ready to be displayed in your home. Value $4000.00 Courtesy of Chris Flodberg.
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Lot #13 - 5-course meal for 4 at Alloy, value $340.00. An elegant and delicious five-course meal for yourself and three friends at the stunning, award winning Alloy. More than just dinner; Alloy provides a dining experience.
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Lot #14 - Dine in Calgary Opera’s Wardrobe, a Meal Fit for a King! Spend an evening dining somewhere a little more interesting. Get a backstage look in to Calgary Opera’s inner workings by enjoying an elegant dining experience for 16 in our wardrobe. Eat, drink and learn about costumes from productions past and present. This experience includes a fully catered dinner for 12, including wine pairings and a glass of champagne. Value $1600 Courtesy of Calgary Opera.
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Lot #15 - Duckhorn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, 3l. Both generous and graceful, this compelling Cabernet Sauvignon offers aromas of blackberry, fig, pipe tobacco and sandalwood. On the palate, a wonderful, layered structure that is one of the hallmarks of the exceptional 2013 vintage, underscores flavors of violet, red currant, cocoa nibs and graphite. The finished is long and focused, with a hint of vibrant red fruit reminiscent of fresh strawberry rhubarb cobbler. Value $350.00 Courtesy of California Wine Fair.
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Lot #16 - Conundrum White Blend, 2015, 3l. Light in colour-calling to mind shades of straw or sun-kissed blond hair-this wine opens with the evocative scents of apricot, pineapple, honeysuckle and coconut. A slight flintiness of wet stone adds a layer of interest, due to a small portion of the wine being fermented in concrete tanks. Entry on the palate is creamy and soft with lush flavors of Asian pear, Hawaiian fruit, apricot and brown spice. The finish brings just a wisp of acid to balance the richness of the fruit. with the distinct characteristics of each varietal in this blend creating a lasting harmonious Impression. Value $150.00 Courtesy of California Wine Fair.
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Lot #17 - Silver Oak Cellars, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012, 1.5l. Our 2012 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a lively and full-bodied expression of Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from an exceptional vintage. It has a lovely garnet color and opens with aromas of black currant, orange zest and raspberry. These aromas are framed by nuanced notes of vanilla, marshmallow and cocoa, eliciting an effect reminiscent of chocolate-covered berries. The attack is rich and gives way to a mid-palate with breadth and depth, supported with refreshing acidity and integrated, dusty tannins. This wine has power with an unusual vitality and structural balance. Value $325.00 Courtesy of California Wine Fair.
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Lot #18 - To Be Announced
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Lot #19 - “View Through the Trees” Bill Duma, 2018, This gorgeous fall scene is 12”x16”and framed, oil on canvas. Value $1295.00
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Lot #20 - “Jay & Daisy” Amy Dryer, 2018. A nod to the Great Gatsby, Calgary artist Amy Dryer has created this beautiful, 24x24 oil on canvas piece especially for this special evening. Elegant, stunning and ready to be hung in your home. Value $1500.00 Courtesy of Amy Dryer.
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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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Lot #22 - Calgary Stampede Rodeo Tickets & Swag. YAHOO! Enjoy an afternoon at the first Saturday of Stampede (July 7th, 2018) with two premium seats to the Rodeo. Your tickets come with a Calgary Stampede branded picnic blanket and two branded sock cardigans. Guaranteed to be a fantastic experience for first timers and seasoned stampeders alike. Value $340.00
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Lot #23 - "Flower Song for my Raven” Audrey Mabee. This beautiful piece by Audrey Mabee celebrates the beauty of music and sharing the gift with all. 36x36, oil on canvas. Value $2800.00 Courtesy of Audrey Mabee.
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Lot #24 - “Moving in Circles” Nada Vignjevic, 2017. An alluring piece by Nada Vignjevic, “Moving in Circles” is a must have. Oil stick and acrylic on canvas, 40x40. Value $1295.00 Courtesy of Nada Vignjevic.
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Lot #25 - A Total Makeover. The team of highly skilled beauty professionals and photographers at Kaviar Designs provide nothing but the best experience, with 2.5 hours of hair and make-up design, plus before and after photos, this experience is perfect for a business portfolio, or simply for you. Value $250.00 Courtesy of Kaviar Designs.
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Lot #26 - Relax, Unwind at the Le Germain. Enjoy a one night stay at the elegant Le Germain Hotel, Calgary. Your stay for two comes with breakfast and two $50.00 spa gift certificates, as well as a spa gift basket from the RnR Wellness Spa. Value $580.00
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Lot #27 - Janet Horbacio Photography session, value $175.00. Your Portraits in the Park gift certificate also includes a complimentary 8x10 portrait. Sessions include families at play, kids being kids and remembering their true personalities. Bring your family pet for the added fun. Memories to last a lifetime. Expires September 2018.
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Lot #28 - “Jazz Riff” Kat Lakeman, value $1080.00. Vibrant with a splash of fun, Kat Lakeman’s “Jazz Riff” 30x24 comes framed and is acrylic on canvas.
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Lot #29 - Calgary Opera Walk-On Roles. TBC
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Lot #30 - Beautiful Lounge Chair from Haworth, value $2505. The LC1 Armchair is a design classic that remains vibrant nearly 90 years after its introduction. Included in the design collection of the Museum of Modern Art, the chrome-plated is exposed, revealing a functional and intriguing structure. The back is reclined for comfort. The arms are leather straps and the seat and back is in Hairy Hide.
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Lot #31 - Two Night Stay at Fairmont Palliser Hotel Calgary
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Lot #32 - Dinner with Gold Medal Winning Olympian, Mark Tewksbury.
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Lot #33 - To Be Announced
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Lot #34 - $500.00 Gift Certificate to Bellissima stores.
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Lot #35 - Double Magnum of Mitolo Savitar 2005 courtesy of Stratus Aeronautics Inc. value $250.00
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Lot #36 - An evening for 2 at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Enjoy a one-night stay in a Deluxe Lakeview Room with breakfast and valet parking for two. Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise features breathtaking views of Lake Louise and the surrounding Rocky Mountains. Elegant and polished yet relaxed and inviting, this 552 room luxury resort in Banff National Park lives up to the natural wonder with which we share our name. Value $820.00
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Lot #37 - A weekend in a Tesla. Awaiting more details!! Value $4000.00
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Lot #38 - CTwo Polo Lessons & One 2018 Social Club Membership at the Calgary Polo Club. Value $550.00
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Lot 39 - To Be Announced
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Lot #40 - Port Package from Pacific Wines & Spirits. Value $120.00
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Lot #41 - Whisky Package from Pacific Wines & Spirits. Value $180.00
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Lot #42 - Wine Package from Pacific Wines & Spirits. Value $60.00
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Lot #43 - Champagne Package from Pacific Wines & Spirits. Value $180.00
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Lot #44 - “8 Seconds of Sugar” by Angela Morgan, value $1350.00. An original oil painting by Angela Morgan, celebrated Canadian artist out of Fernie, B.C. This is a 24x18, oil on canvas painting.
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Lot #45 - A Gift Certificate to Mercato. Enjoy an evening at Mercato with this $150 gift certificate, and enjoy your own meal at home with this gift basket filled with delicious goodies straight from Mercato. Value $200.00
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Lot #48 - One Month Unlimited Pass to Barre Belle West 85th. Calgary’s premiere Barre Boutique studio with four locations in Calgary! We take the best of Barre work and add impact and intensity. Each class includes compound exercises, plyometrics, mat work and core to get you the long, lean lines you’ve always wanted. Value $220.00
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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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Lot #48 - LUCEPLAN - Mirandolina Table Lamp. Manufactured in Haly, blown glass diffuser and aluminum structure, this table lamp won the Good Design Award in 2007. Courtesy of Vektra Inc. Value $850.00
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Lot #49 - “Everybody’s Nature” Jillaine Jurchuk, 2017, Take this framed beauty home with you. 30”x30” mixed media on aluminum. Value $2250.00
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Lot #50 - Nespresso Inissia Coffee Machine. Tiny foot print, compact, lightweight and equipped with an ergonomic handle, the new Inissia coffee machine fits perfectly into any interior design. With a selection of coffees, cappuccino cups and chocolates, with this bundle, you are ready to start brewing. Value $220.00
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Lot #51 - Four 1-Hour Private Voice Lessons with Dr. Rachel Goldenberg. Value $280.00
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Lot #52 - “Plaza Mayor” Sarah Kidner, 2013. This stunning, oil on canvas piece oozes style and beauty. This framed, 12”x16”, can we all yours. Value $1450.00
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Lot #53 - “A Piece of You” Sheila Kernan, 2017. Calgary based Canadian artist Sheila Kernan explores the Canadian landscape and cityscape genre through her abstract paintings. Mixed media on canvas and 20”x30”, this striking piece is a must have.