All regular season performances are downtown at The Long Center, 701 Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78704. For directions, click here.
VALET PARKING: $18
Valet is accessible from the Long Center Circular Drive from the Riverside Drive entrance.
PALMER EVENTS CENTER GARAGE: $8
Parking is available at the Palmer Events Center Parking Garage, located next to the Long Center and accessible from Riverside Drive and the Long Center Circular Drive. For faster service, please enter from the second driveway off of Riverside Drive.
OVERFLOW PARKING: $7
If you prefer or if the Palmer Events Center Garage is full, please head to the One Texas Center building, kitty-corner from the Long Center on the corner of Barton Springs Road and South First Street. The garage is located next to the Homestead Suites Hotel on the south-east corner of Barton Springs Road and South First Street behind the One Texas Center building. The garage may be accessed by Haywood Avenue (off of Riverside Drive), the drive off of Barton Springs Road, or the drive off of South First Street.
MOBILITY IMPAIRED/ACCESSIBLE PARKING: $7
Marked parking is available in the Palmer Events Center Parking Garage on all levels located near elevators.
TEMPORARY AND DROP-OFF PARKING
Fifteen-minute Temporary Parking is located in the Circular Drive, directly in front of the Long Center. We invite you to park there to drop off guests before parking your car.
All regular season performances take place downtown at The Long Center, 701 Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78704. For more directions, click here.
From the South, I-35
Take I-35 North Exit Riverside Drive and head West (left) The Long Center is on the left just past the intersection at South First
From the South, MOPAC (Loop 1)
Take MOPAC (Loop 1) North and Exit W 1st St/W Cesar Chavez St. Follow Cesar Chavez to Guadalupe St and veer right onto the South 1st Street, then follow the South 1st Street bridge across Lady Bird Lake Turn right onto Riverside Drive, follow the traffic circle around, The Long Center is on the right, just before the intersection at South First
From the North, I-35
Take I-35 South Exit Riverside Drive and head West (right) The Long Center is on the left just past the intersection at South First
From the North, MOPAC (Loop 1)
Take MOPAC (Loop 1) South W 1st St/W Cesar Chavez St. Follow Cesar Chavez to Guadalupe St and veer right onto the South 1st Street Then follow the 1st Street bridge across Lady Bird Lake Turn right onto Riverside Drive, follow the traffic circle around, The Long Center is on the right, just before the intersection at South First.
Alternatives to Driving
Want to avoid driving all together? Click here for bus, taxi, biking or walking routes.
During your phone call, please help us by being as specific as possible about your individual needs. Questions to consider: If you use a wheelchair, will you remain in the wheelchair for the duration of the performance? Perhaps you do not use a wheelchair, but have trouble with stairs, and want to sit in a theater seat. Do you have low vision and need to sit particularly close to the stage?
The drop off area for mobility impaired guests is from the Keller Williams Circular Drive directly in front of the Long Center. Mobility Impaired Parking is available on all levels of the PEC Garage near elevators or Valet Parking is available for $18.00.
The accessible entrance to the Long Center is on the ground floor to the left of the Grand Staircase. Elevators are located just inside through the Rollins Studio Theater Lobby.
To request Sign Interpretation, Audio Description, Braille or Large Print Programs, call our Box Office at (512) 472 5992 no less than two weeks before the event date. Services are not guaranteed for all events, but we will make every effort to accommodate each request.
Courtesy wheelchairs and Infrared Assistive Listening Devices are available free of charge at Guest Services coat check or by asking any House Manager.
For other accessibility questions, please call the Long Center Guest Services office at (512) 457-5171
What happens if I arrive late to the performance?
We try our best to begin all performances on time. If you arrive late, you will not be allowed in the theater, but you can watch the performance over the monitors located throughout the lobby.
Some performances — but not all — may have designated pauses, in which late arrivals can be seated at the discretion of the ushers. We recommend that you wait close to your seating area’s entrance so that we can seat you as soon as possible if there is a pause.
What should be my first opera?
One friend will tell you The Marriage of Figaro, another one will tell you Turandot,yet another friend will tell you The Rake’s Progress. The truth is, many operas are great “first operas.” Think about it, do you like The Beatles or The Stones? Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath? Maybe there is a composer you very much enjoy, or maybe there is a story that particularly speaks to you. Look through our current season and you can always ask us and our community on Facebook or Twitter.
The most important thing to do is to let go of any ideas you may have about opera or classical music. Open yourself up and discover the raw power of a live opera experience. Just expect to enjoy yourself!
What should I wear?
We want you to be comfortable and to enjoy yourself. Dress in whatever it is that makes you feel comfortable and at your best. A night at the opera is a fun event. It offers a wonderful opportunity to dress to the nines if you like. Coming after work? Your business attire is perfect. Can’t part with that pair of old jeans? Keep them on. There is no dress code at Austin Opera. Just enjoy.
What do I need to know?
You can come as prepared as you’d like. The story plays out on stage before your very own eyes, so there is no need for extensive background knowledge. But for those who like to come prepared, Austin Opera offers free pre-opera lectures for all operas. One hour before every performance a lecturer gives a free 30-minute talk on the opera that follows.
But I don’t speak Italian/French/German?
No problem! Every performance features supertitles (English translations of what’s sung, projected above the stage), visible from every seat. You can also read a short synopsis of the opera on our website or in the printed program before the performance. This will help you follow the story.
When should I arrive?
All evening performances (Friday and Saturday) start at 7:30 pm and the matinee performance (Sunday) starts at 3 pm. Please arrive early. Latecomers will not be admitted to the auditorium until intermission. Warning chimes are sounded pre-performance and intermission prior to curtain. Audience members who leave the auditorium during a performance will not be readmitted until intermission. The Long Center offers live video feed screens in each of its lobbies.
How long does an opera last?
You can typically expect a performance to last anywhere between 90 minutes and 4 hours. The running time often includes one or two intermissions, depending on the number of acts in the opera. Our website will list the approximate running time when available and our box office will be able tell you as well.
How do I buy tickets?
You can buy tickets to the opera right here on this website, via phone or by visiting The Long Center 3M Box Office in person. Visit Ticketing Questions for more information.