5 opera myths BUSTED! Posted 10/1/2016
1. I won’t understand what’s going on!
While it is true that many operas are performed in languages such as Italian, German, and French, opera productions performed at Lyric provide English translations of foreign language lyrics in live time via supertitles. Never fear, you won’t miss a single word of the action!
2. I have to wear a ball gown or a tuxedo!
Except for a handful of special events during the season (such as Opening Night), opera goers don’t have to worry about dressing to the nines for a performance. Attire is usually business casual, which can be as simple as slacks, sweaters, polos, blazers, etc.
3. It’s so expensive!
Lyric wants everyone to be able to enjoy the opera, withOUT busting the bank. These days, a night at the opera will likely cost you less than tickets to a sporting event or rock concert. Tickets for most productions begin at $34, and students, young professionals, and groups often score seats for even less!
4. I have to have great seats to enjoy the opera!
A little known fact about Lyric is that the inside of the theater was built to model the shape of a megaphone. That means the sound is great, no matter where you’re sitting. Many people even prefer sitting in the balcony so they can have a bird’s eye view of the stage and the orchestra pit. There’s not a bad seat in the house!
5. I have to read up on the opera before I come!
Many people love reading about the opera they have tickets to see, but it’s by no means a requirement. Between the supertitles above the stage and the handy synopses provided in the program books, understanding the libretto (text of the opera) is easier than ever. Plus Lyric provides insider information on every production on social media and at lyricopera.org!
Still not convinced?
Roger Pines — Lyric's dramaturg and resident opera answer man — is here to answer all your burning questions about the art form and what to expect when attending a performance. To view Frequently Asked Questions or submit your own, visit Ask Roger or tweet @LyricOpera with the hashtag #LyricRoger!