Wear A Costume, Get An Upgrade

When you think opera, you don’t usually think swashbuckling, brawls or adventure. But then there’s Moby-Dick and it’s filled with all that and more.

If you’re keeping track, you know that Moby-Dick opens on October 31. Of course, we couldn’t ask you to come to the opera on Halloween without inviting you to come in costume.

So this is your formal invitation to join us on opening night – all Hallows’ Eve.
If you dress like a sailor or pirate or a whale we’ll upgrade you to a better seat if they’re available.

The better the costume, the better the seat.

What can you expect in the opera version of Moby-Dick? Jake Heggie, the acclaimed composer, has distilled the huge story so that the audiences of all ages get to know the famous Captain Ahab, his crew and his obsession with the mythical whale. With deck-top action, ocean intrigue, uncanny staging and the presence of the beastly Moby-Dick, this show leaves you wide-eyed and rethinking your definition of opera.


So dig in your closet, hit the Halloween store and pull together your opening night Moby-Dick outfit.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Arrive at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in your costume at least 20 minutes prior to the start of the show
  2. Get your picture taken on our red carpet by our Social Media Team
  3. Allow us to and/or post on your Social Media accounts
  4. Get upgraded

Here are the rules:

  • You have to fit in the seat and you can’t obstruct access or views of the audience around you.
  • No weapons (harpoons, swords, etc.) allowed.
  • You have to be in a costume to be upgraded, so your whole party must be decked out to be moved
  • And you have to respect the show while you’re at it. The no cameras, not talking, no in and out access after your seated still applies on Halloween.

And, if you’re a member of the armed forces, LA Opera offers a military discount for you. Come in uniform, and the Halloween upgrade applies to you too.


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