Plan Your Visit
Your experience is important to us!
Here is some helpful information to get the most out of your visit. If you have a specific question or need help planning your visit, please call our staff at 302-442-7807. We’re happy to help!
Our performances take place either at the OperaDelaware Studios (4 S. Poplar St. Wilmington) which includes the Black Box Theater, or at The Grand / Baby Grand (818 N. Market St., Wilmington). Please consult your ticket to verify performance location.
Seating can vary by performance, so please consult the detailed seating charts on our online Box Office pages. To view, select the date/performance you are interested in to see the full seating map with prices.
Note about accessibility: All of our venues equipped with elevators and are wheelchair accessible. If you or someone in your party requires wheelchair seating or has mobility issues, please notify the Box Office (302-442-7807) at the time of your order.
OPERADELAWARE STUDIOS &
THE BLACK BOX THEATER
Concerts and recitals take place at the OperaDelaware Studios, located at 4 S. Poplar St., Wilmington, DE 19801 on the Christina Riverfront. The Black Box Theater is located on the ground floor.
DIRECTIONS: From points north, follow I-95 South to Exit 6 (toward DE-4/MLK Jr. Blvd.). In 0.4 miles, take a left onto MLK Jr. Blvd. In 0.8 miles, turn right onto S. Poplar St. You will pass the Amtrak station on the right and cross Walnut St. (Note: Stay to the right at the split.)
From points south, take I-95 North to Exit 6 (toward MLK Jr. Blvd). In 0.3 miles, take a right on MLK Jr. Blvd. In 0.8 miles, turn right onto S. Poplar St. You will pass the Amtrak station on the right and cross Walnut St. (Note: Stay to the right at the split.)
PARKING: There is ample parking in the lot located directly in front of the Studios. Overflow parking is available on Front St.
THE GRAND & BABY GRAND
Our main-stage Festival performances take place at The Grand and The Baby Grand, located at 818 N. Market St., Wilmington, DE 19801.
DIRECTIONS: From points north, follow I-95 South to Exit 7B toward DE-52 N/Delaware Ave. Take a left onto Delaware Ave. In 0.3 mi turn right onto N. Market St. The Grand Opera House is located on the left.
From points south, follow I-95 North to Exit 7 toward DE-52/Delaware Ave. Take a right onto 11th St. which merges onto Delaware Ave. In 0.3 mi turn right onto N. Market St. The Grand is located on the left.
PARKING: There is ample street parking on Market St., as well as on its neighboring side streets. Metered spots are free on weekends.
There is also garage parking at the following locations:
DoubleTree Hotel (King St. and 8th St.)
HyPark garage (903 N. Shipley St.)
Mid-town Park Garage (805 N. Orange St.).
Please check with garages for hours of operation, as they are subject to change.
OperaDelaware is located in Wilmington, DE, which is just a short trip from major cities including Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York City, and Washington, D.C. The OperaDelaware Studios and The Grand are just a few blocks from the Amtrak and Greyhound bus stations and are easily accessible by public transportation.
For travel by car, Wilmington is located just off I-95, I-495, I-295, and the New Jersey Turnpike/Delaware Memorial Bridge. For travel by train, both Amtrak and SEPTA make frequent daily stops at the Downtown Wilmington train station (WIL). For travel by plane, the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and the New Castle County Airport (ILG) are about a 20-minute car ride from Downtown Wilmington.
Wilmington has a fantastic culinary scene spanning everything from fine dining to casual brew pubs run by James Beard–nominated chefs. The Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau website, visitwilmingtonde.com, has a great Restaurant Finder tool searchable by cuisine, amenities, and region.
Restaurants/Bars near The Grand and Baby Grand:
Bardea Food & Drink
Stitch House Brewery
The Green Room at the Hotel du Pont
Ernest & Scott Taproom
Restaurants/Bars near the OperaDelaware Studios:
Banks’ Seafood Kitchen and Raw Bar
Big Fish Grill on The Riverfront
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant Wilmington Riverfront
Both the OperaDelaware Studios and The Grand have bars that sell wine, beer, water, soda, and light snacks. Some performances at the OperaDelaware Studios also offer sandwiches from Casapulla’s. Drinks are permitted in all performances.
There are several lovely hotels in downtown Wilmington within walking distance to The Grand or just a short drive to the OperaDelaware Studios, including:
Sheraton Suites Wilmington Downtown (see 2020 Festival deal below)
DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown Wilmington
Courtyard Wilmington / Downtown by the Marriott
Hotel du Pont
For a full listing of area hotels, please see visitwilmingtonde.com.
2020 FESTIVAL HOTEL DEAL: The Sheraton Suites Wilmington Downtown (422 Delaware Avenue) is currently booking rooms for a special Festival rate of just $112 a night. To reserve, call 302-576-8002 and mention OperaDelaware’s 2020 Festival, or book online:
To reserve a room for the dates April 23-27, 2020, please click here. (Must reserve by March 23, 2020.)
To reserve a room for the dates April 30-May 4, 2020, please click here. (Must reserve by May 4, 2020.)
We love to welcome newcomers to the opera! Look for OD staffers stationed throughout the venues—we're always happy to meet new patrons and assist in any way possible. Below, please see the answers to a few frequently asked questions:
WHAT TIME SHOULD I ARRIVE?
We suggest arriving at 30 minutes prior to the start of the performance to check your coat, find your seat, and relax. Our performances begin at the advertised start time. Late seating (when available) will take place at the first appropriate break in the performance.
For main-stage Festival performances, we invite you to join us for informative pre-show lectures. These free talks are open to the general public and begin one hour before curtain. Seating is first come, first served. Full speaker schedule/locations to be announced soon.
HOW LONG IS THE PERFORMANCE?
Each performance is different, but our main-stage Festival operas generally run around 2.5 hours plus intermission, while our concerts and recitals are about 1.5 hours plus intermission. More accurate timings for each show will be posted on individual event pages prior to performances.
WILL I UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY’RE SINGING?
Yes! All of our performances—even those in English—are accompanied by English subtitles that are projected on large screens above the stage.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
You will see all levels of dress at our events, from tuxedos and cocktail dresses to khakis and jeans. If you want to play it safe, business attire is a good bet.
IS IT OKAY TO APPLAUD?
Absolutely! Patrons typically clap at the end of an aria (or song) and at the end of the performance. If you want to sound like a true opera aficionado, shout the following during applause:
Bravo (BRAH voh): for a male singer
Brava (BRAH vah): for a female singer
Bravi Tutti (BRAH vee TOO tee): for a group of singers
CAN I TAKE A SELFIE?
Sure, but only before or after a performance or during intermission, please. Don't forget tag us at #operaDE when posting on social media! Please refrain from recording or photographing during a performance, and remember to silence all cell phones.
ARE CHILDREN WELCOME?
Yes! A good rule of thumb: If your child can sit through a full-length movie, he/she will probably enjoy an opera. Please use your own discretion as to whether the subject matter in each production is appropriate for your child. See the individual event pages for descriptions. If you're unsure if a performance is appropriate, just call our Box Office (302-442-7807) and speak with an associate. Please note: All children must be accompanied by an adult and have their own tickets. Child ticket prices are available by calling the Box Office.