For the Love of Opera
Experience the artform that has it all – music, drama, comedy, dance, colossal sets, period costumes and storylines ripped right from the headlines of history. Enjoy your opera experience to the fullest!
In consideration for other audience members around you and artists on stage, respect the following good manners while in the theatre and please refrain from . . .
- Unwrapping of candy, gum or cough drops during performances
- Talking or whispering even during the overture, which distracts others around you
- Taking photos or videos during performances
- Using heavy perfumes and scented lotions, as some attendees are highly allergic
- Rustling through your pockets, purse or program
- Singing, humming or toe-tapping along
- Forgetting to silence all phones and communication devices
Tickets at Mainstage and Second Stage performances are non-refundable. Those who cannot use their tickets may donate their seats and receive a tax-deductible credit by calling the UNLV Box Office at 702/895-ARTS or The Smith Center Box Office at 702/749-2000. If you would like to upgrade your seats, call the respective box office staff to arrange the seat change and additional charge. Exchanges must be made at least 3 days before the performance.
We do not release or share credit card or personal information with any third parties.
Student and Military Discounts (Mainstage)
Opera Las Vegas offers both a student and military discount of 10% off the single ticket price for the seating section of your choice, depending on availability. Ticket holders must present a valid student or military ID when picking up tickets. Student “rush tickets” are available for purchase at a flat rate of $25 per ticket one day prior to each performance, depending on availability.
Preview the Story, Characters & Music
You can get the most out of your experience if you read the story line in your program before your performance and explore all the characters and their motivations. That way, the story will make sense as it is unfolding on stage. You can even look online at Wikipedia and learn much about the plot, the composer and the history of the opera. Listening to the music in advance can also make it more enjoyable when you hear it live. Generally, the more you can learn about your opera (and opera in general) the more you will be able to enjoy it. OLV offers study guides for teachers and anyone interested in learning about a show in more depth.
Attend the Pre-Opera Talk
Join us one hour prior to the start of each mainstage performance for a fun, informative lecture about the opera by General Director Jim Sohre. Learn the story and what inspired the composer and librettist. This will give you a better understanding of the opera and a boost of energy before the curtain goes up. Pre-Opera Talks are FREE with a ticket to the performance and are guaranteed to increase your knowledge and enjoyment of opera.
Meet the Artists in the Lobby
Why rush to wait in traffic when you can meet the artists in the lobby following the final curtain? It’s a great way to introduce the family to opera “stars” and take a memorable snapshot to post online.
What to Expect
What should I wear?
We encourage you to wear what is comfortable. At opera performances, you’ll see everything from formal wear to jeans. Come in whatever you happen to be wearing, or take advantage of a great excuse to dress up. it’s entirely up to you.
How will I understand the opera?
Supertitles are projected English translations above the stage that help you follow the story. We also encourage you to read the synopsis of the opera to get a better understanding of what you will see on stage.
What happens if I’m late?
We understand that traffic and weather can cause delays, but we close the doors promptly at curtain time. Out of respect for the artists and the patrons already seated, latecomers will be seated in between set changes. At that time, an usher will be happy to escort you to your ticketed seat.
Can I take photos and videos?
Out of respect for the artists, orchestra and other patrons, taking photos or videos before or during the performance is not allowed by law.
Are children welcome at the opera?
Yes. We encourage you to use your best judgment on what is best for your child when it comes to their comfort and what is appropriate. However, no babes in arms, please.
Food and Drink
Coffee, wine and soft drinks, as well as packaged snacks, are available before the opera and during intermissions in the lobby of the Judy Bayley Theatre. Members of the Bravo Circle, Encore Club, Operazzi and Opera Angels are invited to visit the Encore Lounge for libations before performances and during intermissions. Food and libations are available inside the Jazz Cabaret at The Smith Center.
Parking/Access at Venues
Convenient free parking is available in the covered parking lot north of the UNLV Judy Bayley Theatre. For directions and ticket information, check box-officetickets.com. The Smith Center offers free self-parking, as well as valet parking and special lot parking. For directions and parking fees, check thesmithcenter.com/show-tickets. Drop-off access is available at both theatre locations.