There’s a preconception that the opera is an exclusive club – ancient stories, delivered to wealthy audiences in a foreign language. At Opera Queensland, we know that these stereotypes fall wide of the mark. Of course, you don’t have to speak four languages and have a PhD in Classical Music to enjoy what we do.
When we embark on a production, we don’t have a specific audience in mind. As is true of the very best storytelling, it is essential that we bring the entire audience with us. And, once you attend an Opera Queensland event, you will want to return again and again.
So, read on, as we continue our mission to dispel some of the myths surrounding the world of opera. When you’re suitably reassured and curious for more information about our spectacular performances, we welcome you to sign up for our ‘Beginners’ newsletter, where we share more insights to further develop your appreciation for opera.
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Our tips for a great night at the opera
Give yourself plenty of time to enjoy the pre-show atmosphere
As far as we’re concerned the opera experience begins the moment you arrive at the theatre. We encourage you to arrive earlier than you might for the cinema or a sporting event to soak up the atmosphere, enjoy a glass of champagne and snap a few photos.
The theatre doors at the opera are closed when the performance starts and you will be asked to wait until an appropriate moment to take your seats, so an early arrival is heartily encouraged.
Grab a program before the performance
If it’s your first time seeing a show, your programme and the on-stage surtitles will reassuringly steer you through the performance. Your program will tell you everything you need to know about the opera, and, for a deeper understanding, you can join us for a free, informative pre-show talk.
Take your photos before and after the performance
Take as many photos as you like before the show and during the interval (naturally tagging @OperaQueensland) but theatrical copyright issues mean photos and videos during the show are strictly not permitted.
Clap whenever you feel like expressing your appreciation
Opera audiences generally hold their applause until after a big aria or the end of an act. If you’re not sure, follow the lead of the crowd around you, but make sure you save some energy to give your loudest applause at the curtain call!