Our Condolences

On March 13, 2021, we lost an amazing man who was a true leader in the arts in Calgary.

Bob McPhee was on the original steering committee for Calgary Arts Development as well as serving on our first board of directors. His many achievements included drawing international attention to Calgary Opera for its commissioning of new Canadian operas, the creation of the Emerging Artist Development Program, and the outdoor summer opera festival.

The recipient of many awards and accolades including the Order of Canada, Bob believed in the importance of the arts to make this a great city and he was never afraid to use his big booming opera voice to speak up on behalf of the arts. He will be sadly missed. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and colleagues.

A photo portrait of Bob McPhee captured by Trudie Lee

Bob McPhee | Photo: Trudie Lee, courtesy of Calgary Opera