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Established in 1972, Calgary Opera is one of Canada’s leading arts organizations. It is the largest opera company in western Canada by programming, and a cornerstone institution of Calgary’s cultural sector. Calgary Opera has earned a national and international reputation for high artistic integrity, sound business management, and deep community engagement. Calgary Opera is recognized for its commitment to the development of Canadian talent and new opera works, as well as bringing opera to all ages in the community on a broader scale. The company has received attention from critics and audiences alike for its artistic excellence, pioneering spirit, and steadfast willingness to take risks.

On the mainstage, Calgary Opera produces a subscription season of three full-scale operas at the 2,400-seat Jubilee Auditorium, complemented by a series of opera-related events, school programs, and community development experiences.

Calgary Opera presents Canada’s only outdoor summer opera festival (Opera in the Village), which brings opera to over 9,000 locals and tourists in Calgary’s burgeoning community of East Village for an opportunity to enjoy lighter musical fare, such as Candide, The Mikado, and South Pacific.

The company’s Emerging Artist Development Program is one of only three designated annual National Training Programs in Canada to be funded through Canadian Heritage. The program, offered to eight singers annually, acts as a bridge between post-secondary graduate education and the professional opera world, providing the experience and practical skills necessary to succeed as a self-employed professional in a highly competitive international environment. The Emerging Artists also present a Second Stage full production of smaller chamber plus Christmas at the Opera each season.

In just the past 15 seasons, the company has presented six world premieres, six Canadian premieres, and many company premieres. Filumena, by John Estacio and John Murrell, and commissioned by Calgary Opera, is now the most produced Canadian opera ever. Calgary Opera’s most recent Canadian premiere of Die tote Stadt, by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, received rave reviews and attracted audiences from across North America and Europe. In addition, Calgary Opera has designed and built many new productions and partnered with other opera companies in the development of new productions.

Education programs are an essential component of Calgary Opera’s work, enriching the experiences of current patrons and building audience for tomorrow through outreach to students and young people. Let’s Create an Opera takes the magic of opera into Calgary schools, giving children the chance to write and present their very own operas to Calgary audiences. The Opera for All program offers performances for those ordinarily not able to experience live opera, and our For Students Only Dress Rehearsal provides thousands of students with deeply discounted tickets to mainstage productions. The Opera in Schools Tour brings one-act operas performed by the company’s Emerging Artists into schools across the province.

Calgary Opera has presented in recital some of the great international artists such as Renée Fleming, Anna Netrebko, Jessye Norman and Ben Heppner to name only a few.

In 2015, Calgary Opera announced a unique partnership with the Calgary Stampede that will see the Calgary Opera move from its current administrative and rehearsal home in the Mamdani Opera Centre to the Calgary Stampede’s new Youth Campus, creating an inspiring gathering place for performing arts training and performance for youth. Calgary Opera will build a 45,000-sq. ft. Opera Community Arts Centre, which will include public space, a 350-seat rehearsal and performance space, classrooms, practice, halls, full shops for the creation and building of sets and costumes and administrative offices. The new Opera Community Arts Centre will enrich the Youth Campus with 70 percent of the Centre’s space being used as shared space servicing more than 160 community organizations. The new Opera Community Arts Centre is scheduled to open in 2020.

Calgary Opera is a well-governed, fiscally sound, community-rooted, and artistically vibrant organization with an international reputation for artistic innovation and excellence.

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