Planning Your Opera Experience

How to get to the theatre, where to park, and other useful information!

Mobile Opera’s 2016-2017 Mainstage opera productions take place in downtown Mobile at The Temple Downtown. The Winter Gala Concert will be presented at The Steeple on St. Francis.

Evening Performances:

  • Theatre doors open at 7:00 pm
  • Evening performances start at 8:00 pm
  • Latecomers will not be seated until an appropriate break in the performance.

Matinees:

  • Theatre doors open at 1:30 pm
  • Matinee performances begin at 2:30 pm
  • Latecomers will not be seated until an appropriate break in the performance.

 

Parking Advisory!

Almost every performance night will be busy downtown. Please allow extra time to get downtown and parked before curtain time (2:30 pm matinees, 8:00pm evenings).

When is the MO Ticket Office Open? Can I buy tickets in person?

Yes, you’re more than welcome to buy tickets in person from our friendly and helpful Ticket Office staff.

The MO Ticket Office is open from Monday to Friday from 8:30am – 4:30pm. We’re located in The Larkins Music Center, 257 Dauphin Street (Downtown Mobile).

We’re also available by phone at (251) 432-6772.

Can I bring children?

We welcome opera fans of all ages, but very young children can sometimes be disruptive to the performance and to other patrons. Children must be able to sit quietly through an entire performance, which can run up to three hours. Please do not bring children under the age of 6 years.

Every patron, regardless of age, requires a ticket and children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.   In all cases, please use discretion in choosing to bring a child to a performance.

 Do you have wheelchair seating?

Yes! Wheelchair and companion seating can be arranged through the MO Ticket Office. Please call (251) 432-6772.

 What should I wear?

There is no dress code. Wear what you like. Most opera goers like to dress up, in business or evening attire.

 How will I understand what’s going on?

You’ll understand every word, whatever language is being sung, because MO provides you with instant English translations, called supertitles, projected above the stage.

 What if I’m late to a performance?

All Mobile Opera evening performances start at 8:00 pm (matinées start at 2:30pm). We ask ticket holders to please allow ample time for traffic and parking conditions. Due to the unique nature of operatic performances and as a courtesy to our audience and performers, Mobile Opera has a strict “no late seating” policy. Those arriving after the opera has begun will not be seated or given seats at the rear until an appropriate pause in the performance or intermission.

Arrive early (doors open at 7:00 pm for evening performances; 1:30pm for matinées)

 How to have a spectacular opera experience:

Turn off wristwatch alarms, cell phones, and beepers for the duration of the show. We’ll remind you again with a supertitles message before the performance to kindly turn off anything that beeps or rings.

Wait until intermission or after the performance to discuss the show. Even whispers carry (and please resist the temptation to sing along).

Refrain from eating or unwrapping candy in the theatre. Because of the theatre’s excellent acoustics, even the smallest sounds carry. One crinkly wrapper can affect the opera experience of several people.