Pre-Opera Talks: Know Before You Go

Before every opera performance, listen to charismatic music scholars present a 25-minute overview of the opera, with insights on the music, composer and historical background.

Pre-Opera Talks are free to ticketholders and take place in the main theater in the Orchestra section, 55 minutes prior to curtain. Enhance your experience by attending Pre-Opera Talks, whether you're a newcomer, opera aficionado or anywhere in between.

2013-2014 Pre-Opera Talks

Please note there is no Pre-Opera Talk on Opening Night, September 6.  Click on a name to see more details for a speaker.

Mephistopheles, Marcia Green, September 11-October 2, 2013

Dolores Claiborne, John Churchwell in conversation with Tobias Picker and J.D. McClatchy, September 18, 2013  

Dolores Claiborne, John Churchwell in conversation with Tobias Picker, September 22-October 4, 2013

Falstaff, Ronald Gallman, October 8-November 2, 2013

The Flying Dutchman, Desirée Mays, October 22-November 15, 2013

The Barber of Seville, Alexandra Amati-Camperi, November 13-December 1, 2013

The Barber of Seville for Families, John Bischoff, November 24 and 30, 2013 (The Barber of Seville for Families Pre-Opera Talks start 45 minutes before curtain.)

Show Boat, Peter Susskind, June 1-July 2, 2014

La Traviata, Clifford (Kip) Cranna, June 11-July 13, 2014

Madame Butterfly, Laura Prichard, June 15-July 9, 2014

Speakers and schedules are subject to change.