Before going to your first opera concert, it is worth familiarising yourself with the rules at this type of event.

Opera concerts are characterised by a much more formal style. There are specific rules of dress, behaviour and concert patterns.

Opera concerts are usually performed in the opera house, in performance halls such as the theatre or in churches. They take place in the evening, so evening dress is mandatory. This used to be a dinner jacket for the gentlemen and a long dress for the ladies. Today, these rules are a little looser, but still a suit and shirt and a dress or elegant trousers and jacket are the best choice for this type of event. Especially if the concert is the premiere of a particular performance, formal evening wear should be maintained.

Opera concerts usually consist of several parts. If it is an opera performance - depending on the play - it will be divided into several acts, with intermissions and an overture at the beginning. If it's a concert where pieces from different operas are performed, it will usually consist of two parts and one intermission during.

Certain rules apply before the concert, during the interval and after the concert. Before the concert, we will most likely be greeted at the door of the building, where we will have to present our ticket. Later, we will be invited to the cloakroom, where we will leave our outer garments, and then proceed to the auditorium, where we will have to find our seats. Let's remember that the rows in the auditorium are cramped, so always walk forward to the audience already seated. We should also try to locate our seat so that we do not have to squeeze through the whole row.

It is imperative that we turn off our mobile phones and other electronic devices during the performance so as not to disturb others' reception or distract the musicians.

The interval is a good time to strike up a conversation with other audience members, share impressions or make use of the buffet (if there is one in the venue).

When the performance is over, leave the hall quietly and go to the cloakroom, waiting patiently for your turn. There are usually a lot of people at concerts, so we can't expect the cloakroom attendants to serve everyone straight away.

If the concert is in a church, you should also dress smartly, but remember that ladies should have their shoulders covered and skirts not too short, out of respect for the venue. During the interval, conversations should not be too loud, and you should even communicate in whispers, as this is a special place.

We can also encounter less formal opera concerts, whose sonic qualities are just as wonderful, but nevertheless do not involve formal dress and behaviour. Such concerts are offered by Opera da Camera di Roma, where you can hear beautiful opera arias performed by outstanding singers, but the atmosphere is much more intimate and evening dress is not obligatory.