First and foremost, relax! It’s time to let go of the stresses and strains of the day and reward yourself. Some people like to take the minutes before a performance to share an intimate conversation with their seatmate. Others prefer to look over the program book, read the synopsis or articles designed to enhance the opera-going experience, or find out how many intermissions they can expect. Please don’t forget to turn off your cellphone, and if you plan to have a lozenge or hard candy handy to soothe a ticklish throat, now’s the time to fish it out of your pocket or purse and unwrap it.
Start here or ask at your local library. And welcome to the incredible world of opera!
It depends on the production. In general, you can expect an opera to last between two-and-a-half and three hours, including intermissions. Works by certain composers, like Richard Wagner, can run longer. For details, consult your performance’s page.
Not unless it was originally composed in English. The Dallas Opera traditionally performs operas in their original languages. English translations (called supertitles) are projected above the stage throughout every performance. The supertitles are used even when the opera is sung in English. You’ll never be left in the dark!
Bring a friend, neighbor, coworker or family member and treat them to a fabulous new experience! If that simply isn’t possible, you are welcome to donate your extra ticket for a tax deduction equal to the amount you paid. Tickets can be donated up to one hour prior to curtain. You can call the ticket office at 214.443.1000 during regular office hours or leave a message at 214.443.1005 after hours. The receipt for your ticket donation will be mailed to you in January.
Usually seats are available at the door unless the performance is already sold-out. For additional information, contact the friendly Dallas Opera Ticket Services staff at 214.443.1000 and, of course, you can buy advance tickets online, by phone, or in person at the box office.