New to Opera

Opera is an art form that comes with many myths and preconceptions. So if you're thinking about coming to the opera for the first time here's what you can expect. 

Bringing together beautifully designed costumes and stunning sets, a huge orchestra and chorus, amazing principal singers, thrilling drama and powerful music, Opera North productions are a hugely exciting theatrical experience!

Not all opera is ‘serious’

There are lots of comedies, adventures, romances and more. Opera North also performs light opera and musicals such as CarouselAlthough opera has been around for a long time, the stories are about human emotions and feelings and are always very relevant to how we think and feel today. In any opera, such as La traviata you can expect to laugh, cry, be shocked by the events in the story and be able to identify with what is happening – just like any other form of entertainment.

You might recognise the music!

Hundreds of opera tunes feature in adverts and films. This beautiful duet in The Shawshank Redemption is taken from The Marriage of Figaro. And you'll recognise the overture -

Not all operas are 6 hours long!

Most last between 2-3 hours including an interval and most shows finish by 10pm.

What to wear?

Some people enjoy dressing up as part of the 'Opera Experience' but it's not all top hats and tails! When you go to a performance you can wear whatever you feel comfortable in and would usually wear to a theatre or the cinema.

If you're aged between 19 and 30, you can join our Under 30s Membership Scheme and get tickets for just £10, as well as discounts at other arts venues that we work with, offers at selected bars and restaurants, and invites to exclusive pre-performance events. What's not to love? 

It doesn't cost the earth

Tickets start from £15.50 up to £68 depending on the seats you choose and we offer a range of discounts including generous group booking discounts. Check out the latest Opera North productions and prices to book your tickets.

The language barrier

Many operas are sung in English. If they’re not, the words appear on plasma screens at the side of the stage, so you’ll always know what’s going on!

No prior knowledge is required

You don’t need to know anything before you go; the story and extra information is in the programme on the night. But if you like to read up, there is always lots of information on the Opera North Website including song excerpts, videos, costume information and background to opera stories.

Still not sure?

If you would like to go to an Opera North production but are not sure which one to try, then get in touch through FacebookTwitter, or by email to info@operanorth.co.uk or telephone to 0113 22 33 500 and we will be happy to help you discover which opera you are likely to enjoy the most!

We look forward to welcoming you to Opera North soon!  

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