Preparing for the Opera
While some like to enter the opera house already humming the tunes, others find it is just as enjoyable to sit back and be blown away by the impact of spectacular new sounds, sights and stories.
Get a sneak peek behind each Minnesota Opera production at Behind the Curtain. Hear from the artists and learn about the creative process involved in performing and creating opera, and explore the historical context of each work with visiting scholars.
Come to the Minnesota Opera Center and see where the opera comes alive! Free tours are available for school groups, clubs or individuals. In one building you can see where the costumes are built, sets are constructed and the artists rehearse. The Opera Center houses three rehearsal spaces, a scenic and props shop, costume department and administration offices. Come and get a unique behind-the-scenes look at the world of professional opera. Tours are scheduled on request. Please contact us at least three weeks prior to your visit. To schedule a tour, please call 612-333-2700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us for Opera Insights- free, fun and informative half-hour sessions, hosted by Minnesota Opera artistic staff in Ordway's mezzanine lobby one hour prior to each performance. Get an overview of the characters and music, historical and cultural context for the opera and highlights to watch for during the show.
What to Wear
While you might see evening gowns and dinner jackets on the opening night of the opera season, a typical night at the opera isn't a formal event and there's never a dress code. Many people consider the opera a big night out and like to dress up, but just as many come in khakis or jeans. Be yourself and wear something comfortable.
Arrive on Time
Performances start promptly. When attending the opera, make sure to allow sufficient time for traffic, parking and weather. Latecomers will be seated at an appropriate break.
For more information on the opera, please visit our FAQ page.