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Friday, October 19, 2012

Your Night at the Opera

Coming to La Bohème? Here's some information to make your night at the opera as enjoyable as possible!

Coming to an evening performance?   

► Doors to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre open at 6:15pm.
► There will be a free preview talk at 6:30pm.
► The performance will begin at 7:30pm sharp!

Or a matinee performance?
► Theatre doors will open at 12:15pm.
► The preview talk begins at 12:30pm.
► The matinee performance will begin at 1:30pm sharp!
Latecomers will not be seated until an appropriate break in the performance, so be sure to arrive early!
Approximate running time for La Bohème is 2 hours and 15 minutes.


Performances take place at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, which is located in downtown Vancouver at the corner of Hamilton and Georgia Street. 

Parking Tips 

With the exception of a few spaces for disabled patrons, parking is VERY LIMITED at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

► For disabled parking reservations, call 604

Park for only $10.00 at the BC Hydro building, just a block and a half away! There are 300 stalls located underneath the building, the lot is located at the corner of Homer and Dunsmuir (enter from Homer). Park from 6:00pm for just $10. Just identify yourself as a VO patron!
Click here for driving directions, transit information and parking options 

Looking for a place for dinner or drinks before or after the performance? Click here for some recommendations from VO staff and patrons.


If you are picking up your tickets from the Will-Call window, please allow extra time to get into the theatre. We recommend getting to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre by 7:00pm to ensure you are not late for the performance!

Get O.U.T. (Opera Under Thirty-Five) Patrons
► If you have purchased Get O.U.T. tickets you can pick them up at the Will Call window. Please have your proof of age ready!


Find out more about the show and come to a Preview Talk! 

Informative and entertaining, our talks are a great introduction to the opera you're about to see.

Given by Doug Tuck, Director of Marke
ting, Preview Talks take place on the night of the show in the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

You'll learn about the history of the opera and about that evening's particular production. Best of all, they're included with your ticket! 

Arrive early! They begin one hour before every performance in the mezzanine level of the theatre. Arrive early - limited seating available! 


Get the most out of your opera experience with our handy guide! You'll find the answers to
your frequently asked questions, like "What should I wear?" "How will I understand what's being sung?" and "What happens if I'm late for a performance?". Click here.

We've had reports lately of people reacting adversely to perfume, cologne and scented cosmetics in the theatre. They get headaches, or worse, are forced to leave. Please be considerate of those around you by refraining from using scents when you come to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. We and your fellow audience members appreciate your cooperation. 


Read previews of VO's La Bohème in the Georgia Straight and in the Vancouver Sun
. Or read this Q&A with Marianne Fiset (Mimi) and Jason Slayden (Rodolfo), also from the Vancouver Sun. And click here for videos, a photo slideshow and more! 


We look forward to seeing you at the theatre!  

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