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


The General Director provides overall artistic and administrative leadership to Calgary Opera. The General Director is responsible for achieving the Opera’s goals for artistic excellence, audience development, fundraising, financial sustainability, and community engagement. The General Director sets the artistic vision, including the selection of repertoire, artists, and other creative and educational programming. Equally important, the General Director provides leadership on all administrative and financial matters including budgeting, contract negotiation and management of human resources. Reporting to the volunteer Board of Directors, the General Director oversees a staff of approximately 20 full-time employees, and a budget of $5.5M.

The General Director is the chief spokesperson for the company, and represents Calgary Opera at home and abroad. The General Director engages with a wide range of stakeholders, including: municipal, provincial, and federal levels of government; other arts organizations; major donors; corporate sponsors; artists; community partners; and the Board.


For the past two decades, Calgary Opera has been ably led by the highly-acclaimed W.R. (Bob) McPhee, CM. With the recent announcement of Mr. McPhee’s retirement, the company is embarking on the search for its next General Director.

You recognize this rare opportunity to take a strong arts organization and make it stronger: to develop and implement the strategy to propel Calgary Opera forward.

We are seeking an exceptional leader: a person with a compelling vision of opera as a vital force in a thriving city. We are looking for an Impresario with a track record of artistic innovation, business acumen, and administrative excellence.

Please visit for the full position specification and details on how to apply.

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