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. 

Thank you to Repsol and TD for believing that arts can make a positive difference to the lives of young people. We thank them for their generous support of our community programs. 

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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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. 

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Event Listings

Our upcoming events are listed below:



Sunday Opera Brunch
Take a delicious buffet brunch, add a fabulous classic setting, throw in a handful of Canada’s top operatic performers, and stir. What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday morning.

The coupling of food and song is the perfect recipe. Both warm the heart, nourish the soul and elevate the spirit. Both make you feel good and both leave you wanting more. This is the magic of our Sunday Opera Brunch!
Sun 1/21/18 11:30AM Calgary Petroleum Club Sunday Opera Brunch
Sun 3/25/18 11:30AM Calgary Petroleum Club Sunday Opera Brunch


Taste of the Opera
Everyone loves a behind-the-scenes experience — be it film, the theatre or opera. Perhaps opera has a particular allure because it combines high production values, extravagant music, and grand visuals. As a way of engaging you in this special world, Calgary Opera offers a fun and informative evening prior to the opening of each mainstage production.

Taste of the Opera is exactly that, a ‘taste’ of each of the upcoming shows — a panel discussion with some of the opera’s key cast and/or creative team, a short performance and a Q&A period. The evening culminates with a taste of food and drink from the region in which the featured opera takes place.
Fri 1/26/18 7:00PM Mamdani Opera Centre Taste of the Opera
Fri 4/6/18 7:00PM Mamdani Opera Centre Taste of the Opera


Master Class Series

Calgary Opera’s Master Class Series offers insights by experts in the classical vocal world. Everyone is welcome to attend: students, teachers, and the general public.

Sun 2/4/18 2:00PM Mamdani Opera Centre Master Class - Conquering Operatic Rep
Sun 4/8/18 2:00PM Mamdani Opera Centre Master Class - Achieving Vocal Excellence
Sun 4/29/18 2:00PM Mamdani Opera Centre Master Class - Song Becomes Scene


Eugene Onegin
We continue our mainstage productions with an epic Russian masterpiece. Tatyana is introduced to the dashing Onegin and immediately falls in love. He coldly rejects her. His choice to flirt with Olga, fiancée of his friend Lensky, results in a heart-stopping duel between the two. Years later, Onegin realizes he loves Tatyana, however it is too late. Escape into Tchaikovsky’s beautiful soaring arias and orchestral music.

Expect to see a new Calgary Opera production of this classic.
Sat 2/3/18 7:30PM Jubilee Auditorium Eugene Onegin
Wed 2/7/18 7:30PM Jubilee Auditorium Eugene Onegin
Fri 2/9/18 7:30PM Jubilee Auditorium Eugene Onegin


Tosca
Our final production of the season is one of the world’s most-produced and beloved operas. Escape into this love triangle as Tosca, a famous opera singer, becomes the object of affection of two men, Scarpia, the Chief of Police and her true love, Cavardossi, a famous painter. When a tragic betrayal strikes, Tosca takes revenge and makes the ultimate sacrifice to be with her one true love.

Expect to be moved by this romantically tragic story and Puccini’s superb score.
Sat 4/14/18 7:30PM Jubilee Auditorium Tosca
Wed 4/18/18 7:30PM Jubilee Auditorium Tosca
Fri 4/20/18 7:30PM Jubilee Auditorium Tosca


Cosi fan tutte
Our Emerging Artist Showcase

OPERA IN CONCERT

One of the most beloved comic operas, Così fan tutte has some of the most melodic and memorable music in the repertoire. A battle of the sexes ensues when Guglielmo and Ferrando decide to test the strength and devotion of their fiancées Fiordiligi and Dorabella. Love and fidelity are on the line!
Thu 5/3/18 7:30PM Mamdani Opera Centre Cosi fan tutte
Fri 5/4/18 7:30PM Mamdani Opera Centre Cosi fan tutte
Sat 5/5/18 7:30PM Mamdani Opera Centre Cosi fan tutte