Your Opera Performance FAQs

  • Unlike theatre, there is no late seating in opera. If you arrive late, you may enjoy Act I on the televisions provided in the lobbies and take your seats after the 1st intermission.
  • Opera is not amplified and no microphones are used, so we ask the audience to be as quiet as possible so all can enjoy the performance.
  • Please unwrap candies or lozenges before the opera begins for a ‘crinkle-free’ performance.
  • The overture (when the orchestra begins to play) starts the performance, so please enjoy your conversations during intermission and not during the performance.
  • Please turn off all electronic communication devices. Please do not answer phone or make calls, text or tweet during the performance.
  • Opera attendees dress up or dress down, wearing business attire, jeans, cocktail dresses, tuxes, suits or whatever you like!
  • For all main stage productions, there is a pre-opera lecture one hour before your performance.
  • Numbers of intermissions vary, so please check your program to see how many are in your performance. Each intermission is typically 20 minutes and the ringing bells announce the intermission is over.
  • In the San Diego Civic Theatre, there are restrooms on every level.
  • In the San Diego Civic Theatre, there are two elevators in the theatre on opposite sides of the lobby. Please be aware they can fill up quickly and there may be a bit of wait.
  • The theatre opens one hour prior to the performance and you may purchase food and beverages inside. At the San Diego Civic Theatre, you may pre-order food and have it ready for your arrival or during intermission.
  • Weather permitting, there will be food vendors on the Civic Theatre concourse before every performance.
  • There is an ATM just off the Civic Center Concourse but all vendors accept cash or credit cards.
  • If you have any questions about your tickets or performance, look for the Patron Services table in the lobby or an SDO staff member.
  • Young children under 6 may have trouble sitting through an entire performance. View our Education programs for grades K-5 ► Learn more.