OPERA 101

Who We Are

St. Pete Opera is a world-class, award-winning company of dedicated business and artistic professionals. We strive to contribute to and champion the value of the arts in the cultural fabric of greater Tampa Bay, making it a place where people want to live and play.

The staff and its board of directors are engaged, passionate, and committed to bringing excellence to the stage. St. Pete Opera is not a community theatre. It is the very best of professional theatre with the finest of ensembles and richest of sound. We are located in the heart of the bay area. The St. Pete Opera is open to the public. "Opera Central" headquarters houses our business office, box office, marketing and management staff, costume shop, set building shop, and an art gallery as well as unique rehearsal and performance spaces that are essential to our community.

Attire

We welcome you to come as who you are.

Bow ties and ballgowns are not required, but also are not discouraged. From T-shirts to tuxedos, our dress code is easy.

Etiquitte

Prepare by Reading the Synopsis
Operas performed in a foreign language will always have supertitles translated above the stage. For the best experience, we recommend reading the synopsis before the show.

What if I arrive tardy?
No need to worry, we will happily escort you to your seats when an appropriate interval arrives.

What is the overture?
Just before the stage comes to life, the overture is the instrumental music which signifies the beginning of the performance.

Will I need opera glasses?
St. Pete Opera hosts an intimate setting which will not require any use of opera glasses. You will be close enough to the action to see the performance with your eyes alone!

Key Phrases of Applause
“Bravo” (Brah-voh) - single male performer. “Brava” (Brah-vah) - single female performer. “Bravi” (Brah-vee) - group of all male performers or a mix of male and female performers. “Brave” (Brah-vay) - group of all female performers.

Clapping
When the conductor finds their way to the orchestra pit, there will often be shouts of "maestro!" or "bravo!" before the performance begins.

When the curtains rise and showcase a praiseworthy setting, sometimes the audience will applaud.

The performers love to hear an auditorium fill with applause during a noteworthy chorus or well-done aria.