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!
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 Into the Wings
Watch these videos on how an opera comes together