Never been to an opera before? Not sure when to clap? You’re not alone! Here’s a few tips to help make your first trip to the opera the start of a lifetime of enjoyment of this unique art form.
Dress like you were going to church. Ladies – a dress or nice pants and top, Gentlemen – business casual is appropriate, but feel free to dress up.
Arrive early. Getting there early ensures you will be seated in time. You wouldn’t want to miss a minute of the show, would you?
Lights out means butts in seats! It is very important NOT to get out of your seat during the show unless it is a serious emergency. It is not safe and is disruptive to the other concertgoers.
Please don’t add your own sound track. Be sure you have turned off all pagers, watch alarms, or cell phones before the lights are turned down! Also, please wait until intermission to share your thoughts about the production with your classmates.
Can I clap yet? If you’re not sure if you should clap yet – Don’t. Follow the lead of other audience members who are more experienced concertgoers.
Why do they keep coming back on stage? Oftentimes, performers will return to the stage after the main program is over in response to audience applause. They may do this several times, so just keep clapping! If you’re lucky, they may even do an encore!
Do not eat, drink, or chew gum during a show! Most concert halls have strict rules regarding food or drink in their auditoriums, but usually will sell concessions during the intermission. You’ll have to wait until then!
Stay grounded. Please keep your feet on the floor and refrain from tapping your feet and accidentally kicking the seats in front of you. They want to enjoy the show, too!