Visit Winspear Opera House

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The Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House is an opera house located in the Arts District of downtown Dallas, Texas. Wikipedia

Address: 2403 Flora St, Dallas, TX 75201, United States
Capacity: 2,300
Phone: +1 214-443-1000

Since its glittering 1957 inaugural concert with the legendary Maria Callas, the Dallas Opera has made a national and international name for itself by discovering new world-class talents and enhancing the careers of important artists, directors and designers.
The Dallas Opera opened with an unforgettable performance by legendary Greek soprano Maria Callas in November of 1957. Subsequently, the Dallas Opera has presented many international stars in their American debuts, including Dame Joan Sutherland, Montserrat Caballé, Jon Vickers and Plácido Domingo, as well as designer/director Franco Zeffirelli.

Winspear Opera House mapTDO recommends children under the age of 6 do not attend main stage opera performances. Most operas are over 2-1/2 hours, and it is quite frequent that the 1st act of an opera can be over 1 hour. It is a long time to sit quietly. Even the best-behaved children (and sometimes adults) have trouble sitting through an entire performance.

TDO has a No Late Seating Policy (Family Performances excluded). If you arrive late to a performance, you will not be able to take to your seat until the next intermission. This policy also covers patrons who leave during the performance. If for some reason your child needs to leave the performance, you will not be able to return until the intermission.

Everyone, regardless of age, who attends a performance of the Dallas Opera must purchase a ticket to the performance. Children will not be permitted into the performance hall without a ticket (even if they plan to sit on your lap).

TDO does offer Student Tickets starting 90 minutes prior to every performance. Student tickets are $25 and $50 best -available tickets and can only be purchased the day of the performance at the box office in the Winspear Opera House.

Things to remember when attending the opera:

  • Opera is unamplified, meaning the orchestra is not electronically enhanced and the singers are not using microphones. It is important that you keep your voice down during the performance so that others around you may hear every note.
  • Good rule of thumb: if the lights are down, all talking should stop.
  • No food or drinks are allowed into the performance hall for opera performances.
  • All electronic devices should be turned off. Tweet and update your Facebook status at intermission and be sure to mention TDO.
  • There is no recording or photography allowed during the performance.
  • We really mean it when we say no late seating. Once the doors close and the performance begins, no one is allowed to enter the performance until the next intermission.

All parking in and around the AT&T Performing Arts Center is paid parking. Parking in the Lexus Red Parking location is a benefit of Inner Circle membership. Entrance to both the Lexus Red and Lexus Silver parking garages are located off Jack Evans Street.

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