There is lots to do before the opera on the Civic Theatre Concourse!
THE SIGNATURE COCKTAIL
Every season, we whip up a signature cocktail to get you in the mood for each opera in our main stage season.
GRAB A BITE
Food vendors right on the Civic Theatre concourse(weather permitting).* Beginning at 5:30pm on evenings or 12:00pm on Sundays, visit our food vendors for a quick and easy bite. Our outdoor café has heaters and several belly-up tables for your convenience. All vendors accept cash and credit cards.Stay tuned for the 19/20 Vendors.
FREE BACKSTAGE TOURS
Discover how the magic of opera is created! San Diego Opera Docents and Staff guide you backstage at the Civic Theatre where you will see the pre-performance bustle first-hand. You’ll see the amazing scenery and costumes, and observe the highly skilled backstage crew who work to bring you an opera production.
Backstage tours are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis to ticketed patrons, however capacity is limited.
Tours start at 5:30pm for the 7:00 performance and 12:30pm for the matinee performance and leave every five minutes. There are typically 3-4 tours per performance and each tour is approximately 15 minutes and allows patrons to attend the pre-opera lecture.
Meet at the Artist Entrance on the West side of the theatre.
The Backstage Tour enters part of the theatre that are “non-common” and “non-public” areas. There are steep stairs, uneven surfaces and therefore are not easily accessible for those with limited mobility. We recommend flat shoes. Call (619) 533-7000 for more information.
FREE PRE-OPERA LECTURES
Before each performance of the main stage operas (Aida-A Theatrical Concert Opera, Hansel & Gretel and The Barber of Seville, please join us for an entertaining and enlightening pre-opera lectures to get you ready. Begins 6:40 PM before 7:30 PM performances (Saturdays, Tuesdays and Fridays) and 1:10 PM before Sunday 2:00PM matinees. Located in the Orchestra section of the Civic Theatre.
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