How do I prepare for the performance?

It’s a good idea to learn what the production is about—descriptions published on our website include the circumstances of creating the work and its historical background. If you want to find out more, buy the production programme, where you’ll find interviews and articles about the particular performance.

What language are the performances in?

That depends on the production. Operas and operettas may be sung in foreign languages, in which case we use supertitles—the Polish translation of the libretto appears on a screen above the stage. Unfortunately there are no English supertitles.

What should I wear?

There’s no dress code at the Opera. All patrons, irrespective of what they wear, are welcome. Most of our patrons choose classic elegance and dress up a little more than what they usually wear. One exception is the premiere—it’s always a big celebration at the theatre, so consider evening dress for premiere performances.

How early should I arrive at the Opera?

Think about arriving in plenty of time, so as to park your car, leave your overcoat in the cloakroom and see the exhibitions shown in the Opera building without a rush. 30 minutes is a safe time margin. You’ll know that the performance is about to begin when you hear the gongs.

What if I’m late?

Late-comers can take their seats during the first interval in the performance or concert.
Remember that if you leave the auditorium during the event, you’ll have to wait until the interval to get back to your seat. Patrons are kindly advised to take their seats already after the first gong, especially when sitting in the middle of the row.

Where can I leave my coat or jacket?

There is a cloakroom in the Opera’s Foyer, where you can leave your overcoat free of charge. You’ll get a ticket marked with a letter—take note so that you choose the right queue to pick up your garment.

How will I find my seat?

A seating plan is available on our website and in the Opera’s Foyer next to the entrance to the Main Stage auditorium. Our ushers will also help you find the way to your seat.

Where are the toilets?

The toilets are located at cloakroom level in the Opera’s Foyer, on both sides of the auditorium. Our toilets are accessible for wheelchairs.

How long does a performance last and are there any intervals?

That depends on the production. The average running time of our operas and musicals is 2.5 to 3 hours. There is usually an interval or two, lasting 20–25 minutes. All information about the running time and intervals is published on our website in the tab of the given performance. Although the running time may seem long, our artists and the emotions they convey are bound to keep you captivated and unaware of the passing of time.

Can I clap during the performance?

Yes! Our artists really appreciate it when the audience approve of their work. The best moment for applause is after an aria or at the end of an act.

Can I applaud during a philharmonic concert?

Concerts are governed by slightly different rules—you have to wait for the end of the piece before you applaud, especially if it’s a symphony, concerto, suite or sonata. How will you know that it’s over so as not to start clapping too early? Just look at the conductor.

I really like a fragment of a performance—can I record it or take photographs?

No. It is strictly forbidden to take photographs or record concerts and performances. This is not just a copyright issue—such behaviour can distract both our artists and persons in the audience next to you. You’re welcome to take photographs before and after the event as well as during the intervals.
Don’t forget to mute your phone and any other electronic devices you may have before the start of the performance or concert.

Am I allowed to eat and drink in the audience?

No. Remember that opening and consuming drinks, unpacking sweets or other snacks may disturb artists and persons in the audience.

Can I take my child to the Opera?

Kids are welcome at the Opera, but they will definitely be more interested in the adventures of Little R. R. Hood than in the amorous dilemmas troubling Carmen. Feel free to browse through our offer for junior audiences.

Are the venue, concert programme or cast subject to changes?

Yes. This may happen due to circumstances beyond our control, which is why we reserve the right to change the venue, programme and performers as well as the dates of concerts and performances. These are exceptional situations, and we do our best to inform the audience with due notice.