New to Opera?

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.

And you can read up on the A-Z of Opera on the Naxos website and you should also start with the Wikipedia entry on opera and click your way through operatic history from Baroque to now.

But I don’t speak Italian, French, or 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 (Thursday and Saturday) start at 7:30 PM and the matinee performance (Sunday) starts at 2:30 PM. Please arrive early. 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. 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.

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 Austin Opera Box Office. On the day of the performance you can also purchase at the Long Center 3M Box Office starting two hours before performance.

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Austin Opera Patron Services
512-610-7684; Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm

Long Center Box Office Hours
Monday-Friday:10 am – 6 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm
Sunday: open during scheduled performances

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