Performance running times

Curtain time

The Lyric Opera House doors open one and a half hours before the start of every performance, allowing plenty of time for you to sit down for a meal in one of our on-site restaurants, learn more about your performance at a pre-opera talk, or sip a glass of wine from one our many lobby bars.

Lyric Opera performances begin promptly at the published times. We realize situations arise that can delay your arrival and will try to accommodate latecomers in an available section of the house or at a predetermined break, but latecomers might not be seated until intermission.

Please remember that if you arrive after curtain time or exit the theater during the performance you might miss part of the opera, as seating during the performance is often not possible. If you do arrive late, video screens projecting the live performance are available in the lobby so you won't miss a moment.

Monday through Friday evening opera performances are at 7pm, and Saturday opera performances are at 7:30pm, unless otherwise noted. Opera matinee performances are at 2pm. Chamber opera, musical, and special event start times vary.

Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust Chimes

You'll know when it's time to take your seat when you hear the chimes ring in the lobby. Chimes sound ten, five, and one minute before the performance begins and at the end of intermission.

Timings are approximate and are subject to change without notice. Running times for special events are unknown due to programming variations and may be confirmed closer to the show date.