You Don’t Have to Be a Snob to Have a Great Time at the Opera!
People often have the misconception that to enjoy the opera you must be a classical music expert, wear a tuxedo, or be a snob to have a great time. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, a night at the opera is a fun, relaxing way for you to socialize with friends, see some amazing performances, and experience some of the most beautiful music you will ever hear.

Don’t worry about the languages…
While it is true that many operas are sung in Italian and other languages, you won’t miss a beat. At every performance you’ll find a screen above the stage offering simultaneous translation into English of the text being sung. Operas are usually sung in the language in which they were originally composed, because the musical values are very hard to preserve if you translate the singing into other languages.  Opera is drama set to music, and it’s the combination of both that creates the special effect of the art form.  So just glance at the titles to know what is being said. If you are not used to it, this may be a bit distracting at first, but without them you would get much less of the story. After a while reading the titles becomes automatic. (And when the chorus or other singers repeat the same lyrics over and over, the simultaneous translation ceases in order to let you concentrate on the music.)  Also, each performance has a synopsis in the free-of-charge program, broken down by acts, letting you know what is happening all the time. Take a few minutes to read this before each act, and then you won’t get so wrapped up in following the plot that you don’t pay attention to the music. You can just relax and enjoy!

Tux and tails not required…
At Sacramento Opera it’s all about the music and the drama, and transporting you to that magical place that only an evening at the opera can deliver. So don’t think you need a tuxedo or formal evening gown to attend (although you’re more than welcome to dress up if you’d like.)  For most performances you’ll find people dressed in true Northern California style, some casually and some elegantly. So don’t obsess over how you look. Just make sure you’re fabulous!

You don’t have to be an expert…
About 10 days before opening night, the Sacramento Opera offers one of its popular Opera Talks at the Sacramento Scottish Rite Masonic Center at 6151 H Street.  Here you’ll be able to hear someone with a lot of opera knowledge give you some background on the composer, explain their inspiration for writing the opera, and give you an overview of the plot.  You’ll also find out about any special scenes, melodies, arias (solos) or duets you’ll want to pay special attention for. You’ll get a real “behind the scenes” feel for what will happen at the opera, which will increase your enjoyment of the performance immensely.

So there is absolutely nothing standing in the way of you finding out for yourself what all the fuss is about and attending your first opera at Sacramento Opera. We promise you an evening of fun, great drama, spectacular voices and amazing music.