Plan Your Visit

What to Expect at the
Opera

When You Visit…

   Turn Your Phone Off

Make sure your cell phone is turned off and mute all other pagers and alarms. We want to make sure your visit as as relaxing for you as it is for the patrons around you.

   Keep the Noise Down

Please respect the experience of others and keep noise to a minimum. Conversation, coughing, rustling through the program and unwrapping candies are distracting to other audience members as well as the performers. Unwrap your candies or lozenges and check your program before the performance starts or at intermission. Also, please note that babes in arms are not permitted.

   Be Scent Sensitive

When attending the opera, please be considerate of those with allergies and sensitivities to fragrance and chemicals by refraining from wearing fragrant personal care products when you visit.

   Don’t Take Photos of the Show

Taking photos or making audio or video recordings during a performance is strictly prohibited – however, we encourage you to take photos and selfies in the lobby, during intermission, and before the curtain goes up! And for online posts, you can tag us and share your visit at @ManitobaOpera, and use the hashtags #MBopera and #ManitobaOpera.

 

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Your Visit FAQ

Will I understand the singing?

Yes! All of our operas have English translations projected above the stage. You can follow along even if you don’t know Italian. If you don’t want to follow the translation, sit back and enjoy the performance. And the amazing thing about opera is that the singers do not use microphones!

What should I wear?

There is no dress code, but a visit to the opera can be a great excuse to get dressed up! Some patrons like to wear suits or dresses, while some like to wear jeans. Please wear whatever makes you feel comfortable.

How long is the performance?

Performances usually range from between 2.5 hours to 3 hours, please check the individual show’s page for a more accurate running time before you visit.  At intermission, the curtain goes down and you can head into the lobby to stretch your legs, use the washroom, or purchase a snack from the concession stands. A chime will sound when it’s time to go back into the theatre.

Where is the Centennial Concert Hall?

The Centennial Concert Hall is located at 555 Main St. (directly across from City Hall).

What time Should I arrive?

The box office opens one hour before the start of the opera. Please make sure you are here with enough time to get settled.

Where can I park?

If you are driving, please make sure to come early to find a parking spot. There are many parking lots where you can pay for parking when you visit. Patrons requiring accessible parking can call us at 204-944-8824 for more info. Click here for the parking map.

Where do I go once I arrive at the Concert Hall?

Enter through the main doors facing Main Street. You will be greeted by an usher, who will check your ticket and direct you to which door (portal) is closest to your seat. If you’re not sure where to go, more ushers standing near the portal doors can direct you to your seat. If you arrive late, an usher may ask you to wait until there is a break before entering the theatre, or seat you in in temporary seats at the end of an aisle.

What should I expect during the opera?

The lights dim and the audience starts applauding – the conductor walks into the orchestra pit to lead the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. The music will begin, the curtain will rise, and you’ll be transported to another time and place as the artists, costumes, and scenery bring the opera to life. Hear something you love? Feel free to applaud at the end of the scene when there’s a break in the music.

Resources

Responsive Seating Map

Take a look at the view from everywhere in the hall.

Click Here


Food in the Exchange

Explore the many wonderful dining options around the Centennial Concert Hall.

Click Here


Exchange District & Parking Map

Learn more about the neighborhood and where you can park.

Click Here


Opera Etiquette

Be in the know about what you should and should not do at the Opera.

Click Here

 

Accessibility

Features:

Parking, Ramps, Entrances, Restrooms, Elevators, Accessible Seating

For more information on the accessibility of the Centennial Concert Hall (including an accessibility map), please click here.

 

Amenities

Enhance your Hearing

Assistive hearing devices are available for use. They are free of charge (with a credit card number for deposit) and available at the Guest Services office in the lobby.


Food

Sandwiches & Wraps: $6 – $10
Dinner Combo: $12
Dessert: $3.25 – $6.25


Beverages

Save time in line by ordering your intermission refreshments in advance.
Ask for your beverage in a plastic cup and take your drink back to your seat.