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Calgary Opera

Overview The Arrata Opera Centre Founded in 1972, Calgary Opera’s Mission is: “To Engage our Audience and Enhance our Community through the Magic of Opera.” Since its inception, and especially in the past decade, Calgary Opera has made a name for itself as a company that is committed to the development of Canadian talent and the development of new opera works. In July 2005, Calgary Opera moved to a new home - the Arrata Opera Centre - a 29,000 square foot facility in the historic Wesley United Church that brings together administration offices, rehearsal and education space, as well as props and wardrobe workshops. The company also returned to its performance venue, the Jubilee Auditorium, after it was closed from July 2004-September 2005 for major renovations. At the beginning of the 2006-2007 season Calgary Opera recorded its eighth consecutive budget surplus, while, at the same time, its annual operating budget has increased from $1.9 million to $4.2 million since 1998. Calgary Opera has also seen substantial growth in its attendance with a subscription base close to 4,500 and total attendance reaching 94% capacity. Over the past decade creating new works and building new productions has been a cornerstone of the company. By the end of the 2006-2007 season Calgary Opera will have presented three world premieres, two Canadian premieres, and many company premieres. Calgary Opera will have built four new productions, presented four works by living composers, and four works written in the 20th century. On the horizon, Calgary Opera will present two more new opera commissions over the next four seasons: Hannaraptor by Allan Gilliland and Val Brandt, and The Inventor, by Bramwell Tovey and John Murrell. Calgary Opera’s outreach and education programs are helping the company connect with the community more than ever. Let’s Create an Opera continues to take 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 those ordinarily not able to come to experience live opera performances, and our For Students Only Dress Rehearsals provides thousands of students with hugely discounted tickets to mainstage productions. Calgary Opera promotes young Canadian talent and is thrilled to have launched the Emerging Artist Development Program in 2006-2007. The most robust program of its kind in Western Canada, the program is geared at attracting some of this nation’s finest young performers to train within the context of a professional opera company and bridge the gap between the trained amateur and the professional singer. On the mainstage, Calgary Opera produces a subscription season of three full-scale operas at the 2,400-seat Jubilee Auditorium complimented by a series of opera-related events and fundraisers. History Since the Beginning: A list of operas produced by Calgary Opera since its inception 35 years ago 1971 First official meeting, November 2 First public meeting, December 14 1972 Alexander Gray, Artistic Director Southern Alberta Opera Association incorporates on April 12, Maurice Lorieau President Calgary Opera Guild forms, Gladys Hogarth President 1973 La Bohème Rigoletto 1974 Carmen Madama Butterfly 1975 Faust La Traviata 1976 Cavalleria Rusticana & I Pagliacci Die Fledermaus Alexander Gray steps down as Artistic Director Brian Hanson appointed as both General Manager and Artistic Director 1977 The Barber of Seville Aida 1978 Don Giovanni Lucia di Lammermoor Un Ballo in Maschera 1979 The Merry Widow Tosca Il Trovatore 1980 Hansel & Gretel La Bohème The Mikado 1981 Turandot Rigoletto Carmen 1982 Marriage of Figaro L’Elisir d’Amore La Forza del Destino 1983 The Gondoliers Norma Madama Butterfly Tales of Hoffman Southern Alberta Opera Association changes name to Calgary Opera 1984 La Traviata Cinderella Don Pasquale 1985 Cavalleria Rusticana & I Pagliacci Otello Faust Hansel & Gretel 1986 La Bohème Die Fledermaus The Mikado Hansel & Gretel 1987 Tosca Il Barbiere de Siviglia Don Giovanni 1988 Porgy & Bess Il Trovatore Gala Tribute Concert to Brian Hanson Carmen Amahl and the Night Visitors David Speers appointed as General Director of Calgary Opera 1989 Un Ballo in Maschera The Magic Flute Rigoletto Amahl and the Night Visitors Tour 1990 La Fille du Regiment Salome The Pearl Fishers Candide Romeo & Juliette 1991 Madama Butterfly Falstaff Manon Lescaut Marriage of Figaro 1992 The Flying Dutchman Kathleen Battle in Recital Carousel L’Elisir d’Amore 1993 Nabucco Frederica von Stade in Recital The Merry Widow Pirates of Penzance Kiri Te Kanawa in Recital Werther 1994 Lucia di Lammermoor Cosi fan Tutte Christmas Concert with The Calgary Opera Chorus 1995 Samuel Ramey in Recital Albert Herring Cecilia Bartoli in Concert La Traviata La Bohème Tracy Dahl & Richard Margison in Recital 1996 La Cenerentola Ben Heppner in Concert Eugene Onegin Turandot 1997 The Mikado The Magic Flute Mozart’s Magic Fantasy Jessye Norman in Recital Tosca 1998 The Barber of Seville Faust Ben Heppner in Recital Verdi’s Requiem W.R. (Bob) McPhee appointed as General Director & CEO Rigoletto 1999 Don Giovanni Richard Margison in Concert Carmen (New Production) The Pearl Fishers 2000 Aida (New Production) Die Fledermaus Kathleen Battle in Recital John Estacio appointed Composer-in-Residence Il Trovatore Mary Lou Fallis: Primadonna 2001 Susannah (Company Premiere) Turtle Wakes (World Premiere) Madame Butterfly Kiri Te Kanawa Marriage of Figaro 2002 Dialogues of the Carmelites (Company Premiere) La Bohème 30th Anniversary Gala Celebration Concert Don Pasquale (New Production) Hansel & Gretel (New Production) 2003 Filumena (World Premiere) La Traviata Romeo & Juliet 2004 Sweeney Todd (Company Premiere) Tales of Hoffmann The Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets (Company Premiere) Jubilee Auditorium closed from July 2004 – September 2005 for renovations Lakmé (Company Premiere) Laura Whalen & Marc Hervieux in Recital with Accompanist Kinza Tyrrell 2005 Valdine Anderson & Kimberly Barber in Recital with Accompanist Peter Tiefenbach Turtle Wakes School Tour A Kurt Weill Cabaret Featuring The Seven Deadly Sins (Company Premiere) John Tessier in Recital with Accompanist Emily Hamper Jubilee Auditorium Re-Opens Homecoming Celebration with Alberta Ballet in the Newly Renovated Jubilee Turandot 2006 Dead Man Walking (Canadian Premiere) The Magic Flute La Cenerentola (New Production) 2007 Frobisher (World Premiere) Carmen Renée Fleming in Concert Kiri Te Kanawa in Recital Rigoletto (New Production) 2008 The Ballad of Baby Doe (Canadian Premiere) Tosca

Hannaraptor (World Premiere)


L’enfant et les Sortilèges (The Enchanted Child)


Ariadne auf Naxos (Company Premiere)

The Barber of Barrhead (School Tour)

The Barber of Seville

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