Our History

Opera Canada magazine has been connecting the vibrant world of opera in Canada since 1960 with high quality professional arts journalism, in-depth interviews with its creators, artists and decision-makers as well as beautifully-illustrated features and reviews about productions from across the nation and internationally.

Opera Canada offers a comprehensive review of opera in Canada and of Canadians working in the opera world at large. In addition to our quarterly full-colour publication we deliver all the latest opera news through this website and on our active social media channels. You can follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for all things Canadian and operatic!

Opera Canada, a registered Canadian charity, is the oldest, continuously published arts periodical in Canada and is available quarterly by subscription and on select newsstands.

In 2000, Opera Canada introduced the Opera Canada Awards, nicknamed ‘The Rubies,’ in honour of founding Editor, Ruby Mercer. This gala evening celebrates the talent and accomplishments of Canadians who have made a significant contribution to the opera world as artists, builders, administrators and philanthropists.

Our Vision and Mission

Our vision is to continue to be the voice of all opera in Canada, and of Canadians working in opera throughout the world, as we move into our next 50 years.

Our mission is to actively promote opera and opera professionals across Canada as well as Canadians involved in opera throughout the world. We aim to inform, educate, and celebrate Canadian opera in all its facets.


Supporters of Opera Canada include BMO, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, Heritage Canada, Magazines Canada and the Ontario Media Development Corporation as well as donors, arts patrons, corporations, internationally recognized Canadian artistic creators and performers, plus, legions of committed opera fans.

Opera and the performing arts have never been more popular with Canadians of all ages. In fact, more than 1 million Canadians attend the opera every year!

Please join us through subscribingcontributing, or attending the next Opera Canada Awards—’The Rubies’.

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Our Supporters

A huge thank-you from Opera Canada for ongoing support from:

Government Support

Funded by the Government of Canada
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Ontario Creates


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Private Funders

Jackman Foundation
Kipnes Foundation

The Stratton Trust



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