It is appropriate to wait to applaud until the conclusion of a song. If you are unsure when to clap, it is always safe to wait and see how the rest of the audience is reacting. When you’ve really enjoyed a performance, you are welcome to stand up after an Act or opera to give a particular artist a “standing ovation.”
Operas are usually sung in the language in which they were composed, which means that opera singers must be able to sing in Italian, German, French, Czech, English and other languages. But no worries, the words are projected in English on a screen above the stage so that you will understand what is being sung.
Please note that no photography or recording of any kind is permitted inside the theater.
During the Opera
Out of respect for other opera-goers, please don't talk, eat, or open wrappers. It's also important to turn your cell phone and other electronic devices off.
What to Wear
Anything from jeans to jewels! You can never dress too nicely for the opera, and while this doesn’t mean you need to wear a tuxedo, suit or gown, there are little opportunities these days to have fun and dress for the occasion. You can dress up or down, but make sure you wear something that makes YOU feel comfortable. Most opera-goers you’ll see will be wearing business attire. Sunday matinees are more casual, weekday evenings typically are business casual, and Saturday nights are the perfect opportunity to dress to the nines. Be sure to check out our Opera Fashion blog.
Enjoy a live talk, providing insight and productin background, in the Eva and Marc Stern Grand Hall one hour prior to each performance. You can also listen by phone on your way to the theater, by calling 626.677.3000 and using Access Code 314902#.
Arrive on Time
Performances start promptly. Be sure you allow enough time for traffic and parking. Latecomers will only be seated at a suitable break in the music - in most cases, not until the first intermission. If you leave the theater while the performance is in progress, please understand that you cannot be readmitted until intermission.
Make the Most of Intermission
Avoid lines by pre-ordering your refreshments at any of the Music Center bars before the performance. Your drinks and snacks will be waiting for your when you get out.
Tickets are not refundable. If you are unable to attend an opera, please consider donating your tickets to LA Opera for resale. To donate your tickets, call the Box Office at 213.972.8001. You will receive a receipt for this donation; the value of your tickets will be acknowledged as a charitable donation after the performance.
for your information
|Sennheiser Listening Devices for the hearing-impaired are available at the Lobby Kiosk.
||No Late Seating, ushers will seat latercomers at appropriate intervals, up to the discretion of the House Manager.
|Opera Glasses are available for $5 at the Lobby Kiosk.
||Drinking Fountains are available near the restrooms on every floor.
|Cough Drops are complimentary and available in the lobby.
Please see any usher for any first aid needs.
|Smoking is permitted only in designated areas on the Music Center Plaza.
||Patrons are Responsible
for their personal items while in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. A coat check is available in the lobby.
|If exiting the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at intermission or at any time during the performance, please have your ticket stub available upon re-entry.
||Perfume & Cologne
As a courtesy to those with allergies, please avoid usage of heavy fragrances.
|Restrooms are available on every floor.
||Every floor is wheelchair accessible, and usher staff are available to help with mobility to and from your seat.