The Calgary Stampede is pleased and proud to announce a trailblazing partnership with the Calgary Opera.

The Calgary Opera’s new home will be on Stampede Park—Calgary Stampede’s Youth Campus, a year-round gathering place for the community is slated to open in 2017 or 2018. Under the agreement the Stampede will provide the land for the Calgary Opera to build a 50,000 square foot Opera Centre, which will include public space, a 300-seat rehearsal and performance space, classrooms, practice halls, administrative offices and much more. Youth Campus will also house the Young Canadian School of Performing Arts, the Stampede School and the Calgary Stampede Showband.

Pictured: Stampede Princess Haley Peckham, Jose David Londono (YC), Stampede Princess Kimberley Stewart, Kastin Stewart (YC), Stampede Queen Mick Plemel, Thomas Glen (Calgary Opera), Stampede Indian Princess Maya Many Grey Horses, Ali Byford (YC) and Lindsay Kelle (YC)
Pictured: (L to R) Stampede Princess Haley Peckham, Jose David Londono (YC), Stampede Princess Kimberley Stewart, Kastin Stewart (YC), Stampede Queen Mick Plemel, Thomas Glen (Calgary Opera), Stampede Indian Princess Maya Many Grey Horses, Ali Byford (YC) and Lindsay Kelle (YC)

At the celebration in the Rotary House on Tuesday, March 10, this deal was sealed with an exchange of a white cowboy hat for a Brunhilda helmet with horns. The two Bobs were eager to tell the audience about how the Youth Campus will allow for aspiring youths and industry professionals, several opportunities to pool resources, both the facilities and years of expertise, in order to create Calgary’s newest art and cultural hub.

Bob McPhee C.M., General Director and CEO Calgary Opera, revealed that since Michelle Minke’s Giacomo Puccini aria performance at the 2013 TransAlta Grandstand Show, he knew that the Calgary Opera and Stampede had something special together.

“Truly, We are Greatest Together,” McPhee stated to the crowd, “we will also bring with the 160 community groups who currently use the Arrata Opera Centre with us to the Youth Campus.”

Bob Thompson, president and chairman and Bob McPhee C.M., General Director and CEO Calgary Opera
Bob Thompson, president and chairman and Bob McPhee C.M., General Director and CEO Calgary Opera

“Part of our long term plan has been to develop a year-round park for the citizens of Calgary,” said Bob Thompson, president and chairman of the board with the Calgary Stampede. “Developing youth through our programs has always been a large part of the Calgary Stampede. This new partnership will create synergies between youth and professional artists, providing them with a wide spectrum of resources to further their development.”

Youth Campus will provide Calgary with a vital creative space, focused on developing strong western cultural roots through education and the performing arts. Together with Calgary Opera and the other organizations who will share the space, the Calgary Stampede will further our work to develop the talents of Calgary’s best and brightest.

Check out this snapshot of the event: