Can I bring my child to the opera?
While there are lots of factors that determine whether your child is ready to enjoy an evening or afternoon at the opera, TDO has put a few guidelines together to help you determine when it is time to bring your child to a performance of the Dallas Opera.
Recommended Age for Opera
TDO recommends children under the age of 6 do not attend main stage opera performances. Most operas are over 2-1/2 hours, and it is quite frequent that the 1st act of an opera can be over 1 hour. It is a long time to sit quietly. Even the best-behaved children (and sometimes adults) have trouble sitting through an entire performance.
TDO would recommend one of our Family Performances which are about 45 minutes in length for children under 6 years of age.
Late Seating Policy at the Opera
TDO has a No Late Seating Policy (Family Performances excluded). If you arrive late to a performance, you will not be able to take to your seat until the next intermission. This policy also covers patrons who leave during the performance. If for some reason your child needs to leave the performance, you will not be able to return until the intermission.
TDO does offer a late screening area where patrons can view the performance on a screen.
Tickets for Children
Everyone, regardless of age, who attends a performance of the Dallas Opera must purchase a ticket to the performance. Children will not be permitted into the performance hall without a ticket (even if they plan to sit on your lap).
TDO does offer Student Tickets starting 90 minutes prior to every performance. Student tickets are $25 and $50 best -available tickets and can only be purchased the day of the performance at the box office in the Winspear Opera House.
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