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.
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 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 auditoriums.
Click to see Theater District parking Information.
Parking Update (effective 3/1/20)
Houston First, the organization that operates the Wortham Theater Center and the Theater District Parking Garage, has announced the installation of new equipment and changes to the procedures for event parking.
Here is what you should know about parking in the garage beginning March 1st:
- This new system will be cashless. Please bring your credit or debit card with you to the event.
- You will prepay the $12 event rate when you enter the garage.
- A ticket will be issued to you. Please keep this ticket safe as it will allow you to exit.
If you have an HGO-issued prepaid parking voucher:
- You will scan the voucher at the machine when you enter by passing the voucher over the area that says, “Scan Parking Reservation.”
- After the voucher is scanned, the machine will provide parking ticket. The gate will lift after you take the ticket.
- At the end of the evening, the exit gate will recognize your license plate and will raise automatically. If this does not happen, please use the ticket that was issued at the entrance to activate the gate
- Please rip your ticket after you exit so you know that it has been used.
- The $12 event rate will remain the same for event parking from 4:00 pm to 2:00 am.
- Attendants will be available in the garage if you have an issues or concerns when parking.
- For more information, please visit: https://www.visithoustontexas.com/theater/parking/
Dining & Accommodations
|Cultivated F + B
701 Texas Ave., Houston, TX 77002
Guard and Grace
Brasserie du Parc
|The Capital Grille
840 W Sam Houston Parkway N, Houston, TX 77024
1101-11 Uptown Park Blvd., Houston TX 77056
1001 Avenida De Las Americas, Suite A, Houston, TX 77010
1611 Lamar Street, Houston TX 77010
|For other dining options, visit Open Table.||For other hotel options, visit Visit Houston Texas.|
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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
Arrive at least 30 minutes early to enjoy all of the Wortham Theater Center amenities, including:
- Ticket pick up at Will Call
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!
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.
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 713-228-6737. The Box Office is closed from mid-May until single tickets go on sale in September.
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 713-228-6737 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).
What happens if I'm late for a performance?
Check your ticket for the curtain time and 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 12:15 p.m. 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 713-228-6737 to reserve these seats well in advance.
Do you offer hearing-assistance devices?
Yes. These are provided free of charge Houston First Corporation. Call 713-228-6737 in advance to reserve.
Do you offer audio descriptions for the visually impaired?
Yes. These are also provided free of charge by Houston First Corporation. Call 713-980-8662 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.