Frequently Asked Questions
How can I learn more about the operas being presented by Greensboro Opera?
Our website, www.greensboroopera.org, contains educational information about each opera that we present, plus background about the performers and other artists involved in producing the opera. Your opera playbill will contain similar information.
Also check the website for information about special opera educational programming.
Are your singers from Greensboro?
Yes and no. Many of our leading roles are filled with some of the top young and established singers in the opera field. These singers live in places like New York, Chicago, or international locales. Our supporting roles are filled by both local and out-of-town singers. The chorus and orchestra members are usually from Greensboro and surrounding areas.
What should I wear to the opera?
While many people enjoy dressing up for the opera, anything goes, from jeans to your favorite gown or tuxedo. Opening night and evening attire tends toward the formal, whereas matinée attire is a bit more relaxed. The best rule of thumb is to dress how YOU feel most comfortable.
How will I understand what the performers are singing about?
Greensboro Opera traditionally performs operas in their original language. Supertitles, which are English translations of the language, are projected onto a screen above the stage during every performance sung in a language other than English. So, enjoy the action, the intrigue, and the jokes, even if you don’t speak the language!
When do I applaud?
You are attending a live performance, and the performers respond to your enthusiasm as a member of the audience! Applause is customary when the conductor takes the podium, after the overture, after a big aria, at the end of each act, and when the singers come out to take a bow. You may applaud while sitting, or join other audience members in a standing ovation for an exceptional performance. If you are not sure about when to applaud, follow the lead of the rest of the audience.
Is there an intermission?
There are usually two intermissions for a three-act opera, and one intermission for a two-act opera. Intermissions are usually 15 minutes long, and flickering lights will warn you that the intermission is coming to an end. Once the doors close, you will not be allowed back into the theater.
How long will the performance last?
The shortest opera is 13 minutes, the longest is seven days! Most operas last between two and three hours, including intermissions.
Can I eat or drink during the performance?
Eating or drinking is not allowed inside the performance venue. You may enjoy the performance more if you eat a meal or a heavy snack beforehand.
Are cameras allowed in the auditorium?
Cameras, video cameras, and recording equipment are expressly prohibited in the performance venue.
When should I arrive at the theater?
Performances start promptly at the designated curtain time. Arrival 30 minutes ahead of curtain time allows you to obtain your ticket, if necessary, and locate your seat so that you are not rushed. Extra time will also allow you to people-watch in the lobby and peruse your playbill to familiarize yourself with the production.
Please allow for traffic, weather, and other factors in planning your transportation to the opera.
What happens if I am late?
Latecomers will be seated by an usher at an appropriate interval, such as between scenes or at the end of an act. It is important to arrive on time so that you may enjoy the opera in a relaxed manner.
What about directions to the auditorium and parking?
Greensboro Opera makes use of many venues across our community for its productions. Directions and Parking information are available online.
How can I purchase tickets to a Greensboro Opera production?
Tickets may be purchased online, or by calling the Greensboro Opera office at (336) 273-9472.
Can I get a discount on my ticket purchase?
Greensboro Opera offers discounts on ticket prices to groups of 10 or more, senior citizens, and students with a valid student ID. For more information, click here or call the Greensboro Opera office at (336) 273-9472.
What can I do if I lose my ticket?
You may telephone the location that sold you your ticket.
What can I do with my extra ticket?
Bring a friend, a neighbor, or a loved one...treat them to a festive evening if they are seasoned opera goers, or to a wonderful new experience if they are new to opera. Either way, they will thank you! Please know that all tickets are non-refundable.
How can I become more involved with Greensboro Opera?
Greensboro Opera welcomes the involvement of anyone with an interest in opera or a wish to learn more about opera! From attending our productions to participating in our educational opportunities, to becoming a member of Opera Companions, our support organization, or to donating your time and/or money, we hope your enthusiasm for Greensboro Opera is contagious! Click here to learn more about opportunities for involvement.
How can I donate to Greensboro Opera?
Your ticket price is less than half the cost of your seat! Your donation makes a difference, and is greatly appreciated. To learn more about ways to donate, click here, or call Greensboro Opera at (336) 273-9472.
Besides putting on operas, what else does Greensboro Opera do?
Greensboro Opera's mission is to produce fully-staged operas and opera education programs that enrich the cultural community of the Triad. Educational outreach includes Opera at the Carolina, our annual performance attended by Guilford County fifth graders, and opera educational seminars open to the general public. Click here to learn more about our education and outreach.
What are the office hours for Greensboro Opera?
The Greensboro Opera office is open from 10 am until 2 pm Mondays and Wednesdays excluding government holidays.
Where is the Greensboro Opera office located?
We are located on the third floor of the Greensboro Cultural Center in downtown Greensboro, across from City Center Park. Our address is 200 N. Davie St., Suite 315, Box 17, Greensboro, NC 27401. Click here for directions.