A Night At The Opera
Impress your loved one this Valentine’s with an evening at the opera. London has some of the world’s best operas, whether at iconic venues such as the Royal Opera House and London Coliseum or more intimate venues. A night at the opera is a perfect excuse to dress up. Although formal dressing is no longer mandatory, wearing something glamorous makes an evening at the opera even more special.
The general rule for dressing for an opera is: wear what you want. It is traditional – but not obligatory - to wear formal attire at opening nights. Men tend to wear a dinner suit with a dress shirt styled with a silk bow tie and silk cummerbund and dress shoes. On other opera nights audience members often wear smart, casual outfits such as a Harris tweed jacket, a slim fit shirt and smart accessories. For smaller venues and day performances, dress is usually casual. Every rule has its exception. At Glyndebourne and other country house opera companies such as Grange Park, Garsington and Longborough, the audience is encouraged to wear evening dress.