Enrich your visit by planning ahead

Getting There: Kentucky Opera Mainstage productions are at the Brown Theatre located 315 W. Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202. Parking is available in the Brown Parking Garage located directly behind the Brown Theatre in between 3rd and 4th Streets, accessible from 3rd St. heading south and 4th St. heading north. Additional parking is located on street parking around the theatre and lot parking across from the theatre, next to the Louisville Main Public Library.

Pre – Performance Talks

How long does it take to produce an opera? Who builds the costumes, props and sets? How is the aesthetic and philosophical concept for each production chosen? From opera newbies to the operaphiles, join Aubrey Baker, Kentucky Opera Director of Community Programs, to explore your opera questions in this insider’s discussion of the Mainstage opera productions. Pre-Performance Talks are open to all ticket holders with encouraged RSVP. They take place in the Brown Rehearsal Hall located on the 2nd floor. They begin one hour before curtain and run 35 minutes.

Add a Meal to your Pre-Performance Talk with the Treyton Oak Towers Pre-Show Bites

Treyton Oak Towers, generously caters a pre-show meal during the pre-performance talks. Available an hour and half before curtain. Meals are available for $20 Friday nights/ $15 Sunday brunch. All proceeds benefit Kentucky Opera Community and Youth Programs. Click here to learn more.

Opera Unwrapped

Immediately after the Sunday matinee performance, join us in the Frazier Lobby/Fifth Third Conference room on the first floor as we ask questions, share perspectives, and reflect on the performance experience with our fellow theatre goers. Each discussion runs 30 minutes and will be joined by a guest from the cast, creative or production team.

Kentucky Opera Sound Affects

Previously included in our Season Preview CD, Kentucky Opera Sound Affects offers a new streaming and downloadable format to preview the production stories, characters, music, history and insights into the Mainstage repertory. Join Aubrey Baker, Director of Community Programs, for your curated audio guides into opera.

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Frequently asked questions:

What Should I Wear? At opera performances, you’ll see everything from formal wear to jeans. Most people are somewhere in the middle. We encourage you to wear what is comfortable for you.

How will I understand the opera? English caption translations are projected above the stage and on monitors throughout the seating areas so you can follow along with the story. We also encourage you to read the synopsis provided in the Operabill and to attend the Pre-Performance Talks.

What happens if I’m late? Out of respect to the performers and patrons already seated, latecomers are encouraged to watch the production in the Frazier Lobby/Fifth Third Conference room, which provides a live feed projection. At designated entry times, ushers will invite patrons to available seating sections inside the theatre. Patrons can welcome to take their original seats during intermission.

Can I Take photos or videos? In agreement with the artists and orchestra and out of respect to them and the other patrons, the taking of photos or video is not permitted during performances.

Are children welcome at the opera? We believe that appreciation for the arts starts with young children. We encourage you to use your judgement on discerning what is best for your child in terms of what he/she will enjoy. We also encourage student groups to participate in our Overture program, which brings students into observe various Kentucky Opera rehearsals and meet with professional Teaching Artists in an educational setting.