Opera FAQ

Here are RROI, we want you to feel comfortable, have an idea of what to expect, and make the most out of your experiences at our concerts. For opera newcomers, below is a brief “Opera 101” FAQ.
If you have a question that you don’t see answered, please feel free to contact us and we will respond to you ASAP.
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How Early Should We arrive?


We recommend arriving at least twenty minutes before curtain time.
Please check your ticket for the curtain time. Allow ample time for traffic and parking conditions.
Unfortunately, we do not offer refunds or exchanges due to lateness.


Out of consideration for the performers and other members of the audience, our late seating policy is as follows:


During a performance of a complete Opera or Sacred Work:

Guests will be seated during intermission.

This year, RROI will be mounting a 1-act opera without an intermission.


During other Concerts:

Guests will be seated in between song sets or scene excerpts.

What should I wear?

Classical performances sometimes last a few hours.
Some patrons wear business-appropriate clothing, while others prefer casual wear.
The Bottom line: Feel free to find your own happy medium. We want you to enjoy the show!

What are considered courteous manners at the opera?


Please silence cell phones.

Wait until intermission to talk about the show with friends - every whisper can carry!

Please feel free to use throat lozenges, cough drops, or hard candies if you feel under the weather - as one of America’s allergy hubs, this practice is fairly common! Just remember to unwrap them before the show begins.


When should I applaud?

During a performance of a complete opera:

When the conductor enters
After a well-sung aria

At the end of the act or at the end of the opera


During a performance of a complete sacred work:

This year’s complete sacred work is Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass.

Please refrain from clapping until the end of the entire work.


During a concert of songs or scenes:

Please applaud at the end of each performer’s set.