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Opera at the Beach

A live broadcast

LA Opera presents Opera at the Beach, a live broadcast sponsored by Los Angeles County and by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. Our season opener of CARMEN, starring Ana Maria Martinez and conducted by James Conlon, will be broadcast live in high-definition from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to the big screen at the Santa Monica Pier, Saturday, September 23, 2017.

Back by popular demand, Opera at the Beach returns for the fourth year in a row to the Santa Monica Pier, following La Traviata in 2014, Gianni Schicchi / Pagliacci in 2015, and Macbeth in 2016. “Talk about a fantastic double bill! Opera at the Beach brings you the world-class LA Opera production of Carmen and the beautiful Pacific Ocean at the same time," said Supervisor Kuehl, who represents the Third District, which includes the city of Santa Monica. "Bring your beach chair and picnic basket and join us at the Santa Monica Pier to reach for the stars in all directions!”

This event is FREE to the public and will not be ticketed, but RSVP’s are encouraged for additional information and a free gift on-site. Please arrive early to secure the best seats at the Park as seating is GENERAL ADMISSION.

Doors open at 5:00pm - Live big screen broadcast begins at 7:00pm!  A bike valet is available for your convenience from 5:00 - 11:30pm. The valet is located near the volleyball courts on the south side of the Pier

Running time: approximately three hours and 25 minutes, including two intermissions.


Para información en español, oprima aquí.

The Wine Terrace

Presented by Los Angeles Magazine

On site amenities include The Wine Terrace presented by Los Angeles Magazine. For one low price, visitors to The Wine Terrace can sample wines from various wineries including Bee Keeper Cellars, Challen Winery, Verdad, Hawk and Horse Vineyards and more. The Wine Terrace will be open from 6 - 9:00pm. Please note: The Wine Terrace will not be open for the 2nd intermission of Carmen.

Tickets are $32 each if purchased in advance and $42 at the door; must be 21 years of age with valid ID to enter.  Wine Terrace tickets are available here.

What to bring

to the pier

Bring your own seating: blankets, low lawn seats, and cushions. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.  Outside food and non-alcoholic beverages are also allowed. We suggest warm clothing and solid footwear as the surface of The Pier can be uneven. We also suggest you bring CASH for parking, The Wine Terrace, and food vendors.

PLEASE NOTE: All bags will be searched upon entry onto The Pier.

What to leave at home

or in the car

Grilling or cooking is prohibited. Avoid large coolers (handheld coolers are OK, but subject to search). No canopies, tents or sun umbrellas. Guests may not bring alcoholic beverages onto the Pier (though you may purchase tickets to The Wine Terrace).

Sorry, no pets.  Smoking is not permitted on The Pier.

Pre-performance lecture

Watch Live

Maestro James Conlon shares an entertaining and informative talk about the opera you're about to see.  Or listen live by calling (626) 677-3000, access code 314902#.


For More Information and A Free Gift

Sign up in advance to get important information like parking and traffic notifications, a digital program and a free gift on-site!


Wine Terrace Tickets

Presented by Los Angeles Magazine

The Wine Terrace presented by Los Angeles magazine. For one low price, visitors to The Wine Terrace can sample wines from a variety of wineries curated by. The Wine Terrace will be open from 6:00 - 9:00pm, however it will not be open during the second intermission of Carmen. Tickets are $32 each if purchased in advance and $42 at the door; must be 21 years of age with valid ID to enter.

Purchase Wine Terrace Tickets


Take the Train

Go Metro to the Santa Monica Pier and take the Expo Line from DTLA to the Downtown Santa Monica Station. Plan your trip on metro.net


at the pier

Lot 1 North (1550 Palisades Beach Rd.) underneath the pier is accessible via Appian Way. From I-10 West, exit Lincoln Blvd or 4th St and turn left.  Turn right on Pico Blvd, pass through Ocean Ave, and turn right on Appian Way.  Proceed under the pier bridge to parking lot entrance.

Bike Valet

is also available

Free bike valet is available from 5pm until the end 11pm, just south of the Pier.

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