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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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.

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

Get some Wagner with your waffles, Mozart with your muffins, and Bellini with your blinis. Experience an intimate and exclusive performance series featuring the stars of our season and the stars of the future over a gourmet brunch at the Calgary Petroleum Club.

Sun 10/27/19 11:00AM Calgary Petroleum Club Sunday Opera Brunch ft. the cast of La Boheme
Sun 1/19/20 11:00AM Calgary Petroleum Club Sunday Opera Brunch ft. the cast of Norma
Sun 4/5/20 11:00AM Calgary Petroleum Club Sunday Opera Brunch ft. the cast of Ariadne auf Naxos


Master Class Series
Unlock your passion for classical singing with exclusive learning sessions with leading vocal coaches and experts as they work with Calgary Opera's Emerging Artists and novice singers from the community. Everyone is welcome - students, teachers, and the general public.
Sun 11/3/19 2:00PM Mamdani Opera Centre Master Class Series #1
Sun 1/26/20 2:00PM Mamdani Opera Centre Master Class Series #2
Sun 4/19/20 2:00PM Mamdani Opera Centre Master Class Series #2


La Bohème
Irresistible in its witty, passionate blend of joy and sorrow, La Bohème follows the lives of a group of young artists as they eke out an existence on the bohemian fringes of Paris.
Sat 11/9/19 7:30PM Jubilee Auditorium La Bohème
Wed 11/13/19 7:30PM Jubilee Auditorium La Bohème
Fri 11/15/19 7:30PM Jubilee Auditorium La Bohème


Christmas at the Opera
Celebrate Christmas at the Opera with a heartwarming one-act family opera about a young boy who meets three kings on their way to bring presents to the baby Jesus and learns that giving is its own gift. Followed by special performances of Christmas favourites and a chance to sing-along.
Fri 12/6/19 7:30PM Mamdani Opera Centre Christmas at the Opera
Sat 12/7/19 2:00PM Mamdani Opera Centre Christmas at the Opera
Sat 12/7/19 7:30PM Mamdani Opera Centre Christmas at the Opera
Sun 12/8/19 2:00PM Mamdani Opera Centre Christmas at the Opera
Sun 12/8/19 7:30PM Mamdani Opera Centre Christmas at the Opera


Norma
Featuring powerhouse performances, Norma tells the tragic story of a dangerous love-triangle set against the tense backdrop of impending war between the Druids and the Romans in ancient Gaul.
Sat 2/1/20 7:30PM Jubilee Auditorium Norma
Wed 2/5/20 7:30PM Jubilee Auditorium Norma
Fri 2/7/20 7:30PM Jubilee Auditorium Norma


Béatrice et Bénédict
Committed to the single life, Beatrice and Benedict have individually rebuffed the idea of love, most of all with each other. But when a plot to trick them into falling for one another is set in motion – all bets are off. Celebrate unexpected romance in this playful and comedic battle of wits inspired by Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Concert version (semi-staged)
Wed 3/25/20 7:30PM Mamdani Opera Centre Béatrice et Bénédict
Thu 3/26/20 7:30PM Mamdani Opera Centre Béatrice et Bénédict
Fri 3/27/20 7:30PM Mamdani Opera Centre Béatrice et Bénédict
Sat 3/28/20 7:30PM Mamdani Opera Centre Béatrice et Bénédict


Ariadne auf Naxos
Visually and musically stunning, this new European design of Ariadne auf Naxos is a feast for the senses. At a dinner party given by the richest man in the country, two rival performing troupes – one, a serious opera company, the other, a group of burlesque performers – are forced to create a mash-up of their polar-opposite productions when the dinner runs late – with hilarious results.
Sat 4/25/20 7:30PM Jubilee Auditorium Ariadne auf Naxos
Wed 4/29/20 7:30PM Jubilee Auditorium Ariadne auf Naxos
Fri 5/1/20 7:30PM Jubilee Auditorium Ariadne auf Naxos