When should I arrive?
Our performances start promptly at 7:30pm, or 2:00pm for matinees. Make sure to allow sufficient time for traffic, parking and weather. Latecomers will be seated at a suitable break, which may be intermission.
Where do I park?
The NHCC parking lot is just north of the performance hall and you can enter via the Eighth Street traffic light. The lots are patrolled by security guards for safety, and patrons with limited mobility are able to be dropped off in the drop off circle close to the theatre entrance.
What should I wear
Whatever makes you feel great! For many people, an evening at the opera is a perfect opportunity to dress up and enjoy a night on the town. Others prefer to go a bit more casual. Most importantly, be yourself and be comfortable.
What should I know?
There is no need to study before attending an opera. We provide free pre-performance talks 1 hr to 45 minutes before each show, and project translations above the stage so that you won’t miss a moment of the action. Not sure when to clap? Most people applaud after an aria and when there is a definite peak to the action. If you’re in doubt, just take your cure from you fellow audience members.
Given by an opera scholar, these 30-45 minute lectures take place in either Bank of America or Wells Fargo auditorium. They are a great way to learn more about the opera and supplement the program notes in the program book. This season, these talks are being sponsored by the New Mexico Humanities Council.
Are there snacks?
The NHCC refreshment stand in the lobby sells soft drinks, wine and snacks before the opera and during intermissions. If you’re looking for lunch or dinner before the show, La Fonda, a restaurant, is located in the History and Education building.
Can I bring my kids?
Of course! Just keep in mind that an opera usually runs between two and three hours, and that they need to tbe able to sit quietly for the duration of the opera.