a scene of three witches from hamlet

Das Rheingold, 2021, photo: Zach Mendez


New to Opera

What should I wear?

Come as you are, or dress to the nines! Some patrons like to mark the occasion in formal wear, but you don’t need the gown or black tie. We suggest a simple business casual look, or dress to impress with your elegant attire. The most important thing is to come and feel comfortable.

How will I understand an opera that is not in English?

Supertitles are projected English translations above the stage that help you follow what is being said. We also encourage you to read the synopsis of the opera found in your program to get a better understanding of what you will see on stage.

What happens if I’m late?

We understand that traffic and weather can cause delays, but we close the doors promptly at curtain time. Out of respect for the artists and the patrons already seated, latecomers will be seated during set breaks in the performance at the back of the auditorium. You will be able to switch to your ticketed seat at Intermission.

If Late Seating is not provided, we will indicate so.

Can I have a drink at the theater?

Yes! Concessions are available before the show and at intermission, and you are welcome to bring your drink to your seat for the performance.

Are children allowed at the opera?

Like all entertainment, some of our shows are kid-friendly, and some are not. We suggest that you read the synopsis of the opera or contact someone at Opera Santa Barbara if you have any questions. It is also important that children be old enough to be able to sit quietly and not disturb other patrons. In general we do not recommend bringing children under 8 to our performances.

Who can I contact if I have any other questions?

The easiest way to get an answer to your question is to email [email protected] or call 805-898-3890 to talk to someone at Opera Santa Barbara. You can also find our staff contact information at TEAM OSB if you know what department you would like to reach.

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