About the Opera Kelowna Society

Opera Kelowna is a registered, non-profit, charitable status society and member of the Canadian Association of Professional Opera Companies. Opera Kelowna is dedicated to equipping, educating, enlightening, enriching and entertaining diverse audiences through professional operatic performing arts and programming. Founding Artistic Director, Alexandra Babbel, is committed to building an opera company that continues to transform the musical and cultural landscape of our region.

The performing season is focused on one fully staged and orchestrated professional opera each season with plans to add a second main-stage production in future seasons. Additional operatic expressions including concerts and outdoor presentations round out the season.

The society offers high-level education and outreach. Opera Kelowna’s Summer Intensive Training Program transitions vocal artists and collaborative pianists from their academic to professional careers. Internships in directing, conducting, costume design and accompanying are offered each season.

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Opera Kelowna Unveils Summer Production

Opera Kelowna’s upcoming summer production features a heart-wrenching story of fiery passions and desperate acts.

The opera company presents its 2018 summer production of Georges Bizet’s Carmen, running Aug. 16 to 19, at the Kelowna Community Theatre.

The production’s illustrious cast and creative team were announced at a special event at Kelowna’s new Porsche dealership, Porsche Centre Kelowna, Feb. 14 and features the anticipated return of conductor Bernard McDonald and the Opera Kelowna debut of award-winning theatre and opera director Amiel Gladstone.

For more details, click here.

La bohème Promotion Video | 2017

Leon De La Guardia talks about Puccini’s La bohème and his role as Rodolfo in Opera Kelowna’s upcoming performances of the show this August.

Find out more (including how to purchase your tickets!) by clicking here.

Opera Kelowna Twitter

Saturday, April 21st, 2018 at 8:13am
We are so very grateful to all our volunteers, we could not do all we do without you. If you want to have fun and get involved, email us at volunteer @operakelowna.com

#operakelowna #kelownanow #okanagan #carmen #okcarmen #explorekelowna #NVW2018 https://t.co/RmH8qIFGRK
Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 at 12:07pm
Three cites and over 200 singers audition for the roles this summer. The quality of the performers this year was outstanding which made the casting decision challenging.

#operakelowna #kelownanow #okanagan #carmen #okcarmen #explorekelowna https://t.co/6tCEjXvm2g
Saturday, April 14th, 2018 at 8:05am
Founding and Artistic Director, Alexandra, discussed why she selected Bizet’s Carmen for Opera Kelowna this season.
#operakelowna #kelownanow #okanagan #carmen #okcarmen #explorekelowna https://t.co/Qb6Iy12Kt5

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This year’s theme is Carmen. Our performing season is focused on one full mainstage opera each year with several operatic productions to round out the year. In addition, our Young Artist Vocal Education and outreach programs – In-Class Opera Productions and School Tours – takes opera to schools, engaging youth in our community in the cultural experience that is opera.

Thank you to our generous sponsors.

Opera Kelowna is a non-profit society made possible by these generous sponsors. Please view our support page if you would like to learn more about how you can help support the Arts in our community.