Plan Your visit

Plan ahead and make the most of your night at the Opera! Savor fine dining at the Wortham Theater Center or nearby in the Theater District. Shop for treasures at the HGO Guild boutique. Take in an Opera Insights lecture or Behind the Music...From parking to the closing curtain, we hope you'll enjoy every moment of your experience at Houston Grand Opera.


Directions & Parking

Wortham Theater Center offers both garage and valet parking for opera performances.

For an alternative parking option, find rates below and reserve your spot in the nearby Old Post Office parking lot.



Get turn by turn directions to the theater.


Coming from I-10

  • Traveling East (Katy Freeway): Smith exit.
  • Turn RIGHT on Prairie.
  • Turn LEFT into Theater District garage, entrance #8.
  • Traveling West (East Freeway): North Main/San Jacinto exit.
  • Turn LEFT on Main.
  • Turn RIGHT on Prairie.
  • Turn LEFT into Theater District garage, entrance #8.

 Coming from US-59

  • Traveling North (Southwest Freeway): Take I-45 North exit (to Dallas; see I-45 directions).
  • Traveling South (Eastex Freeway): Take I-10 West (see I-10 directions

Coming from 290 (Northwest or Austin Freeway)

  • Take Loop 610 South to I-10 East (see I-10 directions).

 Coming from I-45

  • Traveling North (Gulf Freeway): Take Houston Avenue/Memorial Drive exit.
  • Turn RIGHT on Memorial feeder.
  • Turn LEFT into Theater District garage, entrance #1.
  • Traveling South (North Freeway): Take the I-10 split (to Beaumont), bear LEFT. Exit Milam.
  • Turn RIGHT on Prairie.
  • Turn LEFT into Theater District garage, entrance #8.

 Coming from 225 (Pasadena Freeway)

  • Take Loop 610 West to I-45 North (see I-45 directions).

Coming from Memorial Drive

  • Memorial turns into Texas Avenue.
  • Turn LEFT into Theater District garage, entrance #6.

 Coming from Allen Parkway

  • Parkway turns into Dallas.
  • Turn LEFT on Bagby.
  • Turn RIGHT on Rusk.
  • Turn LEFT into Theater District garage, entrance #1.

 Coming from 288

  • Take I-45 North (see I-45 directions).

For Metro Rail please refer to the Rail Schedule.

Due to nearby construction you may need to find Alternate Routes or learn about Construction Updates.


Wortham Theater Center

Enjoy a pre-performance meal or an intermission snack or dessert in the Grand Foyer at the Wortham Theater Center. You can pre-order intermission fare by calling 832-487-7031 or stopping by the Encore Cafe before the performance.

Subscribers who are seated in the Founders Boxes, Premium Orchestra, or Loge may enjoy elegant dining in the Founders Salon before the performance; reservations are required. Call 713-533-9318.

Click to see Wortham Center seating charts as well as photos of the stage-view from various sections of the auditorims.


Dining & Accommodations


800 Bagby St., Houston, TX 77002     713-278-4782

500 Louisiana, Houston, TX 77002; 713-224-9494

Bistro Lancaster 
701 Texas Ave., Houston, TX 77002; 713-228-9502

Brenner's on the Bayou 
1 Birdsall Street, Houston, TX 77007; (713) 868-4444

The Downtown Aquarium 
410 Bagby, Houston, TX 77002; 713-223-FISH (3474)

Hard Rock Cafe 
570 Texas Ave., Houston, TX 77002; 713-227-1392

Little Napoli
 540 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002; 713-225-3900

Pad Thai
401 Louisiana, Houston, TX 77002; 713-225-4900

Vic & Anthony's 
1510 Texas Avenue, Houston, TX 77002; (713) 228-1111

For other dining options, visit Urban Spoon.

Downtown Hotels

The Sam Houston Hotel
1117 Prairie St.,Houston, TX 77002; 832-200-8800

Hotel Icon 
220 Main St., Houston, TX 77002; 713-224-4266

The Lancaster 
701 Texas Ave., Houston, TX 77002; 713-228-9500

Magnolia Hotel 
1100 Texas Ave., Houston, TX 77002; 713-221-0011

For other hotel options, visit Visit Houston Texas.


Nearby Activities

The downtown Houston area not only offers world class arts and entertainment, but many fun filled activities for all ages.  These are just a few of the other destinations that can round out your visit to Houston.

  • Buffalo Bayou (Allen Parkway) Walking Trail: Walk or take a tour of the bayou on a segway and cover more ground.
  • Downtown Houston Tunnel System - a unique system of tunnels beneath the office buildings that includes numerous restaurants and shopping/services. A map of the tunnel system is available here:
  • Bayou Place - a collection of entertainment and dining venues
  • Minute Maid Park - home of the Houston Astros
  • Discovery Green - a vibrant urban park with many activities
  • Julia Ideson Library
  • Toyota Center - home of the Houston Rockets
  • JP Morgan Chase Tower Observation Deck - FREE!
  • Wells Fargo Tower Observation Deck - FREE!
  • Sam Houston Park - eight historic homes in a park setting open for tours
  • Meet up at Market Square for a view of Houston’s Oldest Park. - FREE

First Time at the Opera?

Coming to Houston Grand Opera for the first time? Prepare for an exciting, unique, and memorable experience!  A night at the Opera is an accessible fun experience for all ages.  

What to Wear to Houston Grand Opera

If you are unsure what is and isn't appropriate for the opera, check out our video below!

Make the Most of Your Opera Experience

Step 1. 

Arrive at least 30 minutes early to enjoy all of the Wortham Theater Center amenities, including:

  • Ticket pick up at Will Call
  • Dining

Step 2. Pre-purchase your drinks to avoid the lines during intermission. 

Step 3. Grab a copy of Opera Cues, our quarterly magazine filled with articles and interviews about this season’s productions.

Step 4. Want to see the action up close? Rent a pair of binoculars on the Grand Tier level (5th floor).

Step 5. Find your seats with the help of one of our ushers.

Step 6. Enjoy the show!

What to Wear to the Opera

Free Pre-Show Lectures

Houston Grand Opera offers Opera Insights lectures before every performance. These events are free to ticket-holders, so come early and join us on the Orchestra level of the Brown Auditorium for the inside scoop on the day's opera! Event begins 45 minutes before curtain.

Behind the Music follows every Series B subscription matinee performance; join us in the Green Room on the mezzanine (elevator level 2) for an intimate conversation about the day's opera, with guests from the cast and creative team.

Opera Night Live! — The HGO Guild's lively and fun event features St. John Flynn, Program Director for Classical 91.7FM, in conversation with directors and conductors from HGO. Contact the HGO Guild at for more information. 


Frequently Asked Questions

Coming to Houston Grand Opera for the first time? Prepare for an exciting, unique, and memorable experience! Here are some answers to frequently-asked questions to help you get the most out of your opera experience. 

May I bring children?

We welcome opera fans of all ages, but very young children can sometimes disrupt the performance and disturb other patrons. Children who are able to sit quietly through an entire performance, which can run for three hours, are welcome. We recommend a minimum age of seven years for this reason. Babies in arms are not permitted in the theater. Children under the age of fourteen must be accompanied by an adult. Disruptive or noisy children, along with their accompanying adult, will be asked by an usher to leave the theater. Unless the programming is specific to children and family audiences, please use discretion in choosing to bring a child to a performance. 

Please note: every patron, regardless of age, requires a ticket. There are no exceptions to this policy.

When is the Box Office open? Can I buy tickets in person?

Houston Grand Opera’s Box Office is located at the Wortham Center, 550 Prairie Street (between Smith and Bagby), and it’s open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the opera season. On Saturdays and Sundays when there is a performance, the Box Office is open from noon until curtain. We’re also available by phone at 713-228-OPERA (6737). The Box Office is closed from mid-May until single tickets go on sale in September. For your convenience there is ten-minute curbside parking on the south side of the street, right next to the Box Office.

What does my ticket price include?

Your ticket price includes $2.25 in facility and theater district fees. Ticket prices are the same regardless of whether you purchase your ticket online, by phone, or in person at the Box Office.

Why can’t I choose the “Mail” option for my tickets?

If the performance you have booked is to take place within the next seven days, you cannot choose the "Mail" option. This is because you may not receive your tickets in time if we mail them! To avoid this inconvenience, select the “print at home” option for your tickets, or "hold at Box Office" for pick up.   

I’ve ordered my tickets by phone or online. How do I pick them up?

You may pick up your tickets at the Box Office Will Call windows on the night of your performance; we recommend arriving at least thirty minutes before your performance start time. Please note that beginning one hour before show time, the Box Office is only able to handle inquiries regarding that day’s performance. You may exchange tickets at the Box Office, but only up to curtain time; once a performance has commenced, you cannot exchange your seat.

Oh no! I’ve lost my tickets! What do I do?

Don’t panic. We will replace lost tickets at no charge. Call 713-228-OPERA  (6737) or visit the Box Office to have your tickets reprinted.

What is the proper attire?

Many operagoers wear comfortable, business-appropriate clothing, and many dress casually as well. More formal attire is often worn, but not required.

How will I understand what's being sung?

HGO provides you with English translations, projected above the stage.

How long does an opera last?

Operas generally last anywhere from 1.5 to 5 hours or sometimes longer. This includes time for intermission(s).

2015-16 Season:

  • Tosca - 2 hrs 35 min
  • Eugene Onegin - 2 hrs 50 mins
  • The Little Prince - 2 hrs 15 mins
  • The Marriage of Figaro - 3 hrs 18 mins
  • Rusalka - 3 hrs 16 mins
  • Prince of Players - 2 hrs 30 mins
  • Siegfried - 4 hrs 45 mins
  • Carousel - 3 hrs 3 mins

What happens if I'm late for a performance?

Check your ticket for the curtain time, and check the parking and directions section of our website for updates on street closures. Please allow ample time for traffic and parking conditions. Out of consideration for the performers and other members of the audience, we observe a "no late seating" policy. Those arriving after the performance has begun will be seated at an appropriate pause or at intermission. There are television monitors in the foyer so that patrons won’t miss any of the production while waiting to be seated. We do not offer refunds or exchanges for latecomers.

What time should I arrive for a performance?

Arrive early to ensure all your needs are met. The doors open at 6 p.m. for 7:30 p.m. performances and at Noon for 2 p.m. performances. Forty-five minutes before each performance an Opera Insights talk will be given to educate the audience on the opera they are about to see. Be sure to pre-order your drinks at the bar so they will be ready for pick up during intermission.

What if I need to leave my seat during the performance?

Patrons who must leave the auditorium for any reason during the performance will be readmitted at intermission or an appropriate pause.

Do you have wheelchair seating?

Yes. Wheelchair and companion seating is available. We recommend calling HGO Customer Care at 713-228-OPERA (6737) to reserve these seats well in advance.

Do you offer hearing-assistance devices?

Yes. These are provided free of charge Houston First Corporation. Call 713-228-OPERA (6737) in advance to reserve.

Do you offer descriptive services for the visually impaired?

Yes. These are also provided free of charge by Houston First Corporation. Call 713-228-OPERA(6737) at least 48 hours in advance to reserve the device.

How do I avoid the line at the bar during intermission?

Before the show, pick up a beverage order form at the bar. List the beverages of your choice and present it to the bartender for purchase. At intermission, your beverages will be ready for you.

What if I have a question at the theater?

Ask our friendly, uniformed ushers or visit with a customer care representative.

Is merchandise available for purchase?

Yes, the HGO Guild operates a small shop in the lobby at each performance.

What is considered common courtesy when attending an opera?

  • Turn off wristwatch alarms, cell phones, and beepers for the duration of the show. We’ll remind you again with an announcement before the performance. If you are concerned about missing an emergency call, please leave your name or device and seat location with an usher and we will alert you if a call comes through.  
  • Be modest with your use of fragrances as some patrons may have allergies.  
  • Wait until intermission or after the performance to discuss the show. Even whispers carry!  
  • Unwrap throat-lozenges and hard candies before the performance begins. Because of the theater’s excellent acoustics, even the smallest sounds carry. One crinkly wrapper can affect the opera experience of others.  
  • If you have a complaint about another guest, please tell an usher rather than approaching the person yourself.