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. For Rigoletto, be sure to sip The Duke's Revenge - a delicious cocktail with tequila, champagne, orange juice, and grenadine.
GRAB A BITE
Food vendors right on the Civic Theatre concourse(weather permitting).* Beginning at 5:00pm 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.
2017-18 Vendors include:
- La Creperie featuring sweet and savory crepes like the Pacific Catch, Vegetarian Knock-Out, Summer Blush or Nutella Crepe.
- Red Oven Pizza features wood-fired pizzas and salads.
- San Diego Civic Theatre Inside the theatre, there are many new offerings including chacuterie, hummus, deli sliders, and more. Click for full menu.
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 (The Marriage of Figaro, Rigoletto, and Carmen, please join us for an entertaining and enlightening pre-opera lectures to get you ready. Begins 6:00 PM before 7:00 PM performances (Saturdays, Tuesdays and Fridays) and 1:00 PM before Sunday 2:00PM matinees. Located in the Orchestra section of the Civic Theatre.