Curtain Time

The Lyric Opera House doors open one and a half hours before the start of every performance. Lyric Opera performances begin promptly at the published times. We realize situations arise that can delay your arrival and we will try to accommodate latecomers in an available section of the house or at a predetermined break, but latecomers may not be seated until intermission. Video screens are available in the lobby so you won't miss a moment of the performance.

Please remember that if you arrive after curtain time or exit the theater during the performance you may miss part of the opera, as seating during the performance is often not possible. Monday through Friday opera performances are at 7pm, and Saturday opera performances are at 7:30pm except Götterdämmerung at 5:30pm and opening night of The Barber of Seville at 6:00pm. Opera matinee performances are at 2pm. Ring cycle, musical, and 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 also at the end of intermission.

Approximate Performance Running Times

The Barber of Seville

Act I: 1 hour, 35 minutes

Intermission: 30 minutes

Act II: 1 hour

Total Running Time: 3 hours, 5 minutes

Luisa Miller

Act I: 55 minutes

Intermission: 30 minutes

Act II & III: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Total Running Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes

Dead Man Walking

Act I: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Intermission: 30 minutes

Act II: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Total Running Time: 2 hours, 55 minutes

Don Giovanni

Act I: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Intermission: 30 minutes

Act II: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Total Running Time: 3 hours, 20 minutes

Madama Butterfly

Act I: 55 minutes

Intermission: 30 minutes

Act II & III: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Total Running Time: 2 hours, 55 minutes

The Queen of Spades

Act I: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Intermission: 25 minutes

Act II: 55 minutes

Intermission: 25 minutes

Act III: 50 minutes

Total Running Time: 3 hours, 45 minutes

Das Rheingold

Act I: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Total Running Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Die Walküre

Act I: 1 hour

Intermission: 30 minutes

Act II: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Intermission: 30 minutes

Act III: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Total Running Time: 4 hours, 40 minutes

Siegfried

Act I:1 hour, 25 minutes

Intermission: 30 minutes

Act II: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Intermission: 30 minutes

Act III: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Total Running Time: 4 hours, 55 minutes

Götterdämmerung

Act I:1 hour, 55 minutes

Intermission: 35 minutes

Act II: 1 hour

Intermission: 30 minutes

Act III: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Total Running Time: 5 hours, 15 minutes

Blue

Total Running Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes

Timings 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.