FAQs

How will I understand it? 

We normally perform operas in their original language. Even if that language is English (and our singers make sure every word is clear), we provide surtitles – a translation of each line above the stage. Surtitles make it very easy to follow the story. You can also read the story in advance on this site but for many surtitles ensure that they understand every line. 

Do I have to prepare? 

It’s really up to you. Sometimes preparing by reading the story might spoil surprises but if you think it will help your enjoyment then do. 

What should I wear?

You can wear what you like. If you want to dress up, do but you don’t have to. If you want to wear t-shirt, trainers and jeans then that’s fine too.

How long is an opera?

Operas vary in length from an hour to over four. The average is around two and a half hours with an interval, so no longer than the typical Hollywood blockbuster.

How much does it cost?

Our average ticket price is £25, so cheaper than many sporting events and theatre. Our cheapest tickets are £5, less than a cinema ticket.

If you have any other questions then tweet us @WNOtweet using #newtoopera, or email us at marketing@wno.org.uk.