Live opera comes the closest of any art form to expressing pure emotion. The underlying themes of opera are driven by emotions at their most potent. Love, despair, joy, fear, hope. Emotions we can all take claim to some degree in our lives.
We share these powerful moments with you and your friends for a few hours three times a year when you take your seat at the opera.
Come celebrate with us a be part of something larger than life.
The centerpiece of this year’s Opera in the Village is Gilbert & Sullivan’s comedic opera, The Mikado. There will also be family friendly matinee performances of The Scorpions’ Sting. Both will be performed in our 900-seat open-air tent. The festival takes place August 13-22 in Calgary’s East Village RiverWalk™ Plaza.
We open the season with Lakmé by Leo Delibes, November 21, 25 & 27. Lakmé is the story of a Hindu Priestess who defies her father’s wishes to be with the handsome British officer with whom she’s fallen deeply in love.
Following Lakmé is the Canadian Premiere of Die Tote Stadt – The Dead City by Erich Korngold, January 30 & February 3 & 5. Calgary Opera welcomes back Bramwell Tovey as Conductor. Bramwell is a gifted Conductor and Musical Director, a published composer and a Juno and Grammy award winner.
Erich Korngold is best known for Die Tote Stadt and his famous movie scores, most notably “The Adventures of Robin Hood,” for which he won an Academy Award. He’s considered a father of modern cinematic music, which he composes in the late-Romantic style, Wagnerian, lush.
The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, playing April 16, 20 & 22, is the final mainstage production for the 2015-2016 season. It’s an eternal audience favourite in which a queen entices a young prince in order to free her daughter from the clutches of her nemesis.