Plan Your Experience

Know Before You Go

Where is the Performance?

San Diego Civic Theatre
1100 3rd Ave (Corner of Third Ave and B Street)
San Diego, CA 92101

Venue Performances:
El último sueño de Frida y Diego
The Puccini Duo: Suor Angelica & Gianni Schicchi
Tosca

Balboa Theatre
868 Fourth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101

Venue Performances:
Ghosts
The Falling and the Rising

The Baker-Baum Concert Hall at The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center
7600 Fay Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037

Venue Performance:
Isabel Leonard and Pablo Sáinz-Villegas in Concert

Safety & Security Protocols

COVID safety protocols for our 2022-2023 season will be announced in Fall 2022 and will evolve based on local transmission rates. Please check our Safety page for updates as the season approaches.

Security Screening

San Diego Theatres require all guests attending an event pass through a security screening performed by trained security personnel. This will include, but is not limited to:

  • Walk-through or wand metal detection inspection
  • Bag Checks
  • Visual Inspection
  • Other screening deemed necessary by security staff

Please view the list of prohibited items.

Patron Services

Patron Services staff will be available at all performances in a tent outside the theatre for ticket reprints, upgrades and to answer any questions beginning at 5:30 pm for evening performances and 12:30 pm for matinee performances.

Will Call

Will Call ticket pickup will be located at the box office at Golden Hall, located directly across the plaza from the Civic Theatre.

Digital Program

Check back soon to view the current performance’s program ahead of time.

Pre- and Post-Opera

Arrive early for a pre-opera lecture one hour before performance time with Dr. Nicolas Reveles and stay after the performance for a Talk-Back with the cast (subject to availability) and creative team.

Subscriber Upgrades & Exchanges

Complimentary seating upgrades are one of the many wonderful benefits available to annual members at the $100 level and above. There are a limited number of seat upgrades available for each performance. Arrive early to ensure your seat upgrade. The SDO Patron Services staff will be available in a tent outside of the theatre starting at 5:30 pm for evening performances and 12:30 pm for matinee performances.

What to Wear

Little black dress, jeans, or party attire – wear what you like but, to help you decide, check your 10-day weather forecast.

Grab a Bite Before the Opera

A new food and cocktail menu will be available at the Civic Theatre.* Options include signature sips, flatbreads, cheese plates and a special menu available on the plaza. Our outdoor café has heaters and belly-up tables for your convenience. Cashless payment systems are in place to limit contact. Please note that you will not be allowed to take food and beverage to your seat inside the theatre.

*Beginning at 5:30 pm on evenings and 12:00 pm on Sundays

For other downtown dining options, please visit these San Diego dining guides:
San Diego Restaurants
OpenTable
San Diego Eater

Need More Info?

Please call us at 619-533-7000, Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Getting to the Opera

How Do I Get There?

Directions to the Civic Theatre

Where Do I Park? 

Free street parking is available after 6:00 pm on weekdays and all day on Sundays. Easy, accessible parking is also available in the Civic Center Plaza Garage for $15 flat rate and there are other parking options around the Civic Theatre as well.

Please read carefully as there are recent updates on parking near the Balboa Theatre.
Horton Plaza Garage
Parking is available at the Horton Plaza Garage on Fourth Avenue operated by ABM. The current event parking rate is $10 with a validated parking ticket which you will pay upon exit (cash and credit cards are accepted). Tickets can be validated using the validator located inside the lobby of Balboa Theatre.

225 Broadway Garage
This underground facility is located a block from the Balboa Theatre. Enter Broadway Circle from the intersection of 2nd Ave. and Broadway and follow around to the garage entrance down-ramp on the left. Height limit: of 6 feet, 7 inches. Rates: Monday – Friday after 5:30 pm – $10.00 per vehicle; flat rate Saturday & Sunday – $10.00 per vehicle.

For any additional Ace Parking Lot information, contact Ace Parking at: 619-233-6624.

Transportation Options

San Diego Opera Caravan
Join The “Car-Free” crowd! The Opera Caravan is an exclusive motor coach service from North County to San Diego Opera. The Opera Caravan service is available to the Sunday matinee of the Main Stage performances from Carlsbad Dove Library (1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad 92011) and The Remington in Rancho Bernardo (16916 Hierba Drive, San Diego 92128). Roundtrip cost is $30 for subscribers and $35 for non-subscribers.

To join the Opera Caravan, please contact Matt Kissel at 619-533-7000 or Matt.Kissel@sdopera.org.

Renting a Bus
Bypass finding parking entirely by renting a private minibus or shuttle for your group. For more information about pricing, group rates, and finding group transportation to a San Diego Opera venue, visit National Charter Bus San Diego or call  619-344-0549. Other charter bus rental providers in the area include San Diego Charter Bus Company or call  619-209-7804 and GOGO Charters San Diego or call 619-312-4991.

Taking the Trolley
The Trolley stops just behind the Civic Theatre. The Coaster stops at Santa Fe Station, just 5 blocks away and connects with the Trolley (with free transfers). For more information, schedules, prices and accessibility options, call San Diego Transit at 619-234-1060 or visit www.sdcommute.com. For ADA certification call 877-232-7433.

Taking Amtrak
Ride in luxury to Santa Fe Station, just blocks away from the San Diego Civic Theatre for Main Stage productions. For a complete list of destinations, routes and schedules for the Pacific Surfliner® visit Amtrak.com or call 800-USA-RAIL. Amtrak Pacific Surfliner® runs 11 roundtrips a day from Los Angeles and points in between but please note, the last trains leave San Diego at 9:15 pm.

Hotels

Make your evening at the opera a true “night on the town”! San Diego Opera suggests some of the best downtown hotels.

The US Grant
326 Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101
619-232-3121

Inspire your senses at The US Grant, a Luxury Collection Hotel, located just one block from the San Diego Opera’s Civic Theatre. Welcoming guests to downtown San Diego for more than 100 years, The US Grant, San Diego is an upscale hotel distinguished by quiet glamour and enduring sophistication. Located near San Diego’s vibrant Gaslamp Quarter, our hotel provides an ideal location from which to explore the city. One block from the Civic Theatre!

The Westgate Hotel
1055 Second Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
619-238-1818

Cherished memories are made here. Welcome and bienvenue to a peaceful sanctuary on the edge of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, where you’ll enjoy a world-class combination of friendliness, comfort and unique heritage elegance. Custom built in 1970 as a peerlessly chic recreation of France’s legendary Palace of Versailles, we pride ourselves on the distinctively European ambiance conjured by our French antiques, Flemish and French tapestries, Baccarat crystal chandeliers, exquisite Persian carpets and heartfelt hospitality. Easily accessible by freeway, train and trolley, The Westgate Hotel is within easy walking distance of The San Diego Opera and Symphony, The Museum of Contemporary Art and the historic vibrancy of San Diego’s Gaslamp quarter. Just steps away from the Civic Theatre!

The Bristol Hotel
1055 First Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
619-232-6141

Immerse yourself in all that Downtown San Diego has to offer with your stay at The Bristol San Diego – a truly one-of-a-kind boutique hotel. Walkable to Gaslamp District, Little Italy, Petco Park, San Diego Convention Center, Waterfront Park. Newly renovated guest rooms celebrate the lifestyle and mood of the 1960s with a Southern California twist! 2 blocks from the Civic Theatre.

The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter
910 Broadway Circle
San Diego, CA 92101
619-239-2220

Escape the everyday and travel with confidence to The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter. Our downtown hotel is the ideal destination to relax, recharge and explore San Diego. 2 blocks from the Civic Theatre.

The Westin San Diego Bayview
400 West Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101
619-239-4500

Take your travel experience to a whole new level when you stay at The Westin San Diego Bayview. Our upscale hotel boasts a prime location in the heart of downtown San Diego near the Gaslamp Quarter and a variety of shopping and dining options. 5 blocks from the Civic Theatre.

Hotel Republic
421 West B Street
San Diego, CA 92101
619-398-3100

Unpretentious but prestigious, Hotel Republic San Diego, Autograph Collection seamlessly blends contemporary comfort and boutique sophistication. Embrace excitement just steps from our hotel, courtesy of our convenient location. Discover the vibrant restaurant scene in nearby Little Italy or dance the night away at the Gaslamp Quarter, downtown’s premier entertainment district. 4 blocks from the Civic Theatre.

The Sofia Hotel
150 West Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101
800-826-0009

The Sofia Hotel’s 211 modern guest rooms are designed to reflect a comfortable, chic feel with natural influences, invoking a sense of harmony and balance. 4 blocks from the Civic Theatre.

Courtyard by Marriott – San Diego Downtown
530 Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101
800-321-2211

The reinvented Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Downtown welcomes guests with the sophisticated comfort of modern accommodations. From the moment you step through the revolving front doors, you will be whisked away to an inviting and intimate space to unwind, gather your thoughts, or share a laugh and a beverage with friends. Located in the heart of downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp District, the Courtyard places more than 100 shopping and entertainment venues at your doorstep. 5 blocks from the Civic Theatre.

Why do we use Supertitles?

Can’t speak French? Neither can we! That’s why we have Supertitles; we want to be sure you understand every word of the performance. Supertitles are translated lyrics or dialogue projected above the stage in English and make it easy to follow the opera. In addition to translating operas from their original Italian or French, we use supertitles even when the opera is sung in English.

Fun Facts:

  • Cruzar la Cara de la Luna (To Cross the Face of the Moon) in 2013 was the first opera that San Diego Opera presented with bilingual English and Spanish supertitles.
  • The word “surtitle” comes from the French language “sur”, meaning “over” or “on”, and the English language word “title”, formed in a similar way to the related subtitle.
  • One of San Diego Opera’s favorite directors, Lotfi Mansouri, then general director of the Canadian Opera Company, introduced this innovation to opera in their January 1983 staging of Elektra.
  • Supertitles are also called Surtitles, and that word is a trademark of the Canadian Opera Company.
  • New York City Opera was the first American opera company to use supertitles in 1983.
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