banquet setting. During our opera season,
set pieces and props can adorn the stage and
enhance the decor and guest experience.”
Events here, she added, also benefit from
in-house lighting and sound capabilities
that can help a planner’s bottom line.
Among the opera house’s gathering spac-
es for events, including cocktail receptions
and meetings of all sizes (with or without
live stream), are the lobby, grand foyer, four
private dining rooms and 3,563-seat Ardis
Krainik Theatre, the second-largest opera
auditorium in North America.
“Opera singers who are enrolled in Lyric’s
Ryan Opera Center are available to perform
at events,” Sanchez said, adding that a group
tour can also be arranged, including a close-up look at the backstage area, wigs, makeup
and wardrobe closet.
Group tickets are available, and an opera
can be incorporated into any event. Upcoming performances include Gounod’s Faust,
Verdi’s Rigoletto, Bellini’s I Puritani and
Wagner’s Die Walkure.
Sydney Opera House, Australia
The Sydney Opera House, the most distinctive of opera venues with its iconic sails,
features a full calendar of events, including
Wagner’s Parsifal and a special concert of
opera highlights starring world-renowned
soprano Anna Netrebko later this year.
“We are able to tailor an opera house
experience for group events of any size,
whether it be tours, dining at one of our six
on-site restaurants, show tickets or a combination of all,” said Sophie Garrett, spokeswoman for the venue.
There are also packages such as Taste of
Opera, which offers a private opera recital as
part of a tour or evening meal function.
San Francisco War Memorial Opera
The beautiful San Francisco War Memorial
Opera House, one of the last Beaux-Arts
buildings erected in the country, opened
with a performance of Puccini’s Tosca in
This active performance venue, which
also stages ballet, offers limited availability for corporate gatherings. But if a group
requires a short lead time—and is very
lucky—it’s a wonderful place for an event,
according to Sharon Walton, communications and events manager.
The opera house has hosted functions in
its lobbies, including receptions for up to
1,000 people and sit-down dinners for up to
“Unless the event has a performance
component—awards ceremony, lecture,
actual performance—there is no
access to the auditorium and/
or stage during an event,”
Walton said, adding that
resident Patina Catering
is available to work
with planners on a
Opera lovers will
descend on San
Francisco from all over
the world next year
when the San Francisco
Opera stages Wagner’s
Oslo Opera House, Norway
The spectacular Oslo Opera House, home
of the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet,
opened in 2008 with a horseshoe-shaped
main auditorium that features amazing
acoustics and a chandelier made of 5,800
The calendar here includes upcoming
performances of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville and Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor,
and the opera house is also available for
meetings, receptions, wine tastings, dinners
in the foyer and more.
Other than the foyer, gathering spaces include the main stage, which accommodates
up to 1,334 people, the Kirsten Flagstad
room, which can hold 60 people in a cinema
setup, and the Gunnar Brunvoll royal reception room, which seats 20 people.
“Opera singers and ballet dancers can
be made available to perform at corpo-
rate events,” said Terje Jacobsen, project
manager, development. “We can also make
an event special by decorating the stage
with elements from an opera or ballet, and
enhance the effect with light design. This
adds drama and makes the whole stage look
amazing and magical.”
Guided group tours and group ticketing
Noah Liff Opera Center, Nashville
Nashville’s Noah Liff Opera Center, another
new kid on the block, opened in 2009 and
stages grand operas like Mozart’s Don
Giovanni and Bizet’s Carmen, which are
both on the calendar this season.
The venue also hosts private corporate
events such as trade shows, training seminars, luncheons and receptions.
“Sleek, contemporary design makes the
Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters
Noah Liff Opera Center the ideal setting for
any event,” said Annmarie Mizzoni,
facility and events manager.
“Our events are executed
with the same knowledge
and technology that our
From lighting to
sound, staging to de-
cor, our private events
created, just like our
Group tickets are
available to opera perfor-
mances, and artists are typi-
cally available to sing at events.
Chamber operas including As One and 27
are performed at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters, an opera house that’s home to the
Pittsburgh Opera organization.
Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters also hosts
a wide range of corporate events, including
off-site work sessions and receptions.
According to Chris Cox, director of marketing and communications for the Pittsburgh Opera, the building has two primary
gathering spaces, the George R. White Opera Studio, which can hold up to 400 people
for a cocktail reception or 200 for a seated
dinner, and the adjacent Founders’ Room,
which accommodates up to 100 people in
theater-style seating or 50 for a dinner.
“They can be combined into one larger
space if requested,” Cox said. “Both spaces
have a raw industrial feel from their 1869
origins. Guests often use the term ‘industrial
chic’ to describe the vibe of the venue.”
Event add-ons include a tour of the facil-
ity and special group rates for performances.
“We are also happy to discuss having
opera singers sing or speak at a private business event,” Cox said.
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