WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
There's really no "dress code." Some people will come wearing black tie, others will come wearing blue jeans. Some dress up for a special night out, and some dress down for comfort. Either way, the most important thing to remember is wear what makes you comfortable, and be prepared to have a great time!
SINCE MANY OPERAS AREN'T SUNG IN ENGLISH, HOW WILL I KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON?
We make it easy! There are translations (Supertitles) in English projected above the stage at every UFOMT performance. You don't have to know anything at all about the opera to follow the drama, moment by moment. If you want to be prepared before the performance starts, a full synopsis is provided in the playbill. Informal pre-performance discussions also take place one hour before every performance. General Director Michael Ballam and other staff members fill you in on all the details of plot and background for each production. This is a great time to ask questions. These FREE Informance are typically 30 minutes in length.
WHAT IF I'M LATE?
Please try to be on time. In consideration of patrons already seated in the theatre, latecomers will not be seated until an appropriate moment in the performance (often after the overture or during a scene change, but sometimes not until intermission). When traveling to the performance, please allow ample time for traffic delays, road construction and parking.
ANYTHING ELSE I SHOULD KNOW?
Please remain quiet from the time the orchestra starts (the overture is part of the opera too!) so that everyone around you can enjoy the music. DON'T OPEN CANDY OR GUM WRAPPERS, TALK, USE YOUR CELL PHONE OR OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICE DURING THE PERFORMANCE. Be sure to turn off all electronic devices when you enter the theatre. There is plenty of opportunity to chat with people during intermission.