Opera FAQ 2017-04-28T12:30:19+00:00

Opera FAQ

Photo by Liza Voll Photography

HOW DO I GET TO THE THEATER?
BLO will be performing in four different theaters during the 2016/17 Season. Visit Directions & Parking for information on each venue. Detailed information on parking validation and discounts will be available closer to date and included in your complimentary performance reminder.

HOW LONG IS THE OPERA? IS THERE AN INTERMISSION?
Running time and intermission varies for each opera. Please visit The Marriage Figaro for the most up-to-date information.

HOW CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT THE OPERA?
BLO offers several ways to learn more about the opera you’re about to see! Check out Ways to Engage for details on our blog and community offerings.

At the performance, you can read articles and synopsis in your program or join us for our pre-performance talks and talkbacks:

  • Pre-Performance Lectures
    Arrive one hour early to explore the production’s history and how music and design interact to create dynamic performances, while hearing about performance highlights and unique BLO touches to watch for.
  • Opera Annex Post-Show Talkbacks
    Stick around after the show for our informal, half-hour panels that include cast and creative team members in an informal discussion. Listen to candid conversations about the performance process and what happened onstage that day or evening.

HOW DO I GET MY TICKETS?
If you order before the performance, BLO will mail your tickets to you unless you request that they be held at Will Call. Look for BLO Will Call at tables in the lobby 1.5 hours before the start of the performance.

I LOST MY TICKET! NOW WHAT?
Not only do Subscribers get the best seats in the house (along with a host of other benefits), they all get complimentary ticket replacements!  If there is ample time, tickets can be re-mailed via USPS. If the performance date is too close, BLO Audience Services can hold tickets at the Will Call table. If you are a Subscriber, call BLO Audience Services at 617-542-6772 or email boxoffice@blo.org.

SOMETHING HAS COME UP! CAN I EXCHANGE MY TICKET?
If you are not a Subscriber with access to complimentary exchanges and would like to arrange a ticket donation, please call BLO Audience Services at 617-542-6772 or email boxoffice@blo.org to make arrangements. All tickets being donated need to be sent back to BLO by at least 48 hours before the performance to:

Boston Lyric Opera
11 Avenue de Lafayette
Boston, MA 02111

FIRST TIME AT THE OPERA?

WELCOME!
Opera is a dynamic art form that combines music, theatre, visual art and technology to make a vivid and compelling theatrical experience.

At Boston Lyric Opera, our mission is to build curiosity and enthusiasm for the art form. That’s why we are so thrilled to welcome you and want your first opera-going experience to be as memorable as possible.

FIRST TIME TIPS

WHAT DO I WEAR?
The most important thing is that you are comfortable and enjoy the performance. For some, that means dressing up for date night. For others, jeans and a polo shirt fit the bill. Bottom line: Whatever you wear, you’ll fit right in.

HOW WILL I UNDERSTAND WHAT’S HAPPENING?
Opera comes in many languages and we perform operas in their original languages because the sound of the poetry is part of the music. We provide English captions on screens, even for operas sung in English!

To gain a deeper understanding of the plot twists and character developments, BLO offers several ways to learn more about the opera you’re about to see! Read the articles and synopsis in your program, peruse this site and our blog on your smart phone before the show begins, or join us for our pre-performance talks and talkbacks.

ARE THERE RULES I NEED TO KNOW?
There are no set rules of behavior for opera-going, but whenever lots of people are enjoying a live performance, distractions can be a problem. Let the opera be the center of attention—not you!

DISCONNECT
Make sure all electronic devices are completely off. Vibrating cell phones can be heard many rows away. Lit screens of any description are distracting to your neighbors and possibly the performers as well. Even fast-texting fingers draw eyes and ears.

THE NOSE KNOWS
Go easy on scented products. Many people are allergic to perfume, cologne, and even aftershave.

BE COURTEOUS
Unwrap as many cough drops or candies as you may need before the curtain goes up. Be mindful of noise, as it can be more distracting than you might think: Talking (even whispering), Singing along, humming, keeping time with any body part, searching for items in a purse, chewing gum, etc.

HEAR THE MUSIC? STOP & LISTEN
If there’s an overture, it’s part of the performance. Please cease all activity and settle in for the show.

BRINGING THE KIDS? MAKE IT AN ADVENTURE!
If there are children in your party, prepare them by talking about what will happen and how they’ll be expected to behave. Try practicing at home!

EXIT AT THE RIGHT TIME
It’s tempting to get a jump on the crowd and head out early, but leaving while the show is in progress is disrespectful to the performers and distracting to audience members. Plus, you may miss something special.

WANT TO GO DEEPER INTO YOUR OPERA EXPERIENCE?

Go behind-the-scenes with our blog, In the Wings

Watch these videos on how an opera comes together