There is lots to do before the opera on the Civic Theatre Concourse!


Every season, we whip up a signature cocktail to get you in the mood for each opera in our main stage season.


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.


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.


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.


Stop by our fabulous Photo Opp Spot, complete with red carpet, take your photo and post to Twitter or on our Facebook page to be entered to win exciting prizes.

*The Photo Opp Spot and food vendors will be set up on the Civic Theatre Concourse pending any severe weather issues.