For experienced Calgarians, the idea that this city is a bastion of cultural delights is no real surprise. While the residents of Cow Town certainly revel in the yearly stampede, many also enjoy other forms of culture and entertainment as well.
One such cultural extravaganza will be taking place starting this fall at the Calgary Opera for the 2011/12 season. The opera company is celebrating its 40th season this year with something old and new for opera fans to enjoy.
The Calgary Opera is one of the most successful opera companies in Canada and includes mostly North American performers in their productions.
The mainstage performances that you can see this season are:
- Nov. 12, 16 & 18: Pagliacci & Gianni Schicchi
- Jan. 28, Feb. 1 & 3: Moby Dick
- April 21, 25 & 27: La Bohème
Outside of the regular shows, there are also a few interesting other attractions going on at the Calgary Opera.
- Sunday brunches are a neat way to learn more about the upcoming productions. Each brunch event includes your meal plus a recital by some of the singers that will be performing in the upcoming operas.
- A Taste of the Opera is an evening event that takes place about a week before each opera opening that includes a presentation about the upcoming opera with cuisine from the area in which the opera takes place.
- Pre-show Chats take place before each of the mainstage operas, they are free and offer both experienced opera goers and opera beginners a great introduction and back story to each production.
- Emerging Artist Performances are performed by up and coming singers who are striving to become professional opera performers.
- Dinner on the Set is a brilliant dinner engagement for opera fans. Diners are seated on the stage amidst the opera set and are served and entertained by costumed performers. Last year’s Dinner on the Set took place on the Aida set, with a whole Egyptian themed evening.
Krista Kehoe, Calgary real estate agent & REALTOR®