For travelers to Rome, attending the opera at Teatro dell'Opera is a wonderful travel experience.
First, review the schedule of Rome opera performances to select the one you wish to attend. The regular opera season runs from September to June. During the summer months of July and August, opera is performed at the Baths of Caracalla.
If you have a preference for a particular opera program, you will want to buy your tickets well in advance. Popular performances often sell out. In fact, if you have your heart set on a particular opera, it's often a good idea to plan your travel dates and flights around the opera(s) you wish to see.
When price is a factor, know that the cheapest seats also sell out quickly. However, discounts are available from the opera house when purchased directly for students under 25 and patrons over 65. Last-minute tickets may also be available at a discount directly from the box office on the evening of the performance, up to one hour before the start time. Discounts are almost never available for premieres.
You can buy your tickets through the Teatro dell'Opera website, which has an English-language version. Another option is to call the box office during its open hours. There are normally agents available who speak English. It's also possible to go directly to the box office in Rome to purchase tickets. Still, popular shows may have already sold out by the time you get there.
To collect your tickets, depending on where it is purchased, options may include having them mailed to you, picking them up at the box office, or receiving a voucher that you would exchange for your ticket at the box office.
Tickets are usually non-refundable and cannot be exchanged unless a performance is cancelled. Also, fees, taxes and currency conversion rate charges, in addition to the actual ticket price, may also apply.