Answers to common questions patrons have asked:
Curtis does not have a dress code; you will find a range of attire in the audience from casual to suits and dresses. Most people wear "business casual."
Verizon Hall: No food or beverages are permitted in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center. Feel free to enjoy beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), snacks, and treats from the lobby bar before the performance or during intermission.
Curtis Opera Studio: No food or beverages are allowed in the Curtis Opera Studio. There are water fountains in the hallways.
Prince Music Theater: Food and beverages are allowed; however, no glass containers are permitted in the theater. The Prince Music Theater has a concession stand where alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, snacks, and treats may be purchased before the show and during intermission. The concession stand is not open after the performance.
Perelman Theater: No food or beverages are allowed in the Perelman Theater. You may enjoy alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, snacks, and treats at the concession stand in the main lobby before the performance and during intermission. The concession stand is not open after the performance.
Verizon Hall: Check your tickets for the seating section, door, and row. Ask the ushers if you are uncertain of where to go. View seating chart.
Field Concert Hall: Seating for alumni, student, family, and faculty recitals is general admission (unreserved): first-come-first-served. Doors usually open approximately 30 minutes before the performance, and then you may sit wherever you wish. Field Concert Hall holds 240 seats, and there are no bad seats in the house. When a piano is featured, the best seats are generally considered just left of center, towards the front, so you can see the piano keyboard. For wheelchair seating, enter Curtis through the door to the left of the main entrance and take the elevator up to the ground floor level. The majority of the seats are on the ground floor level. You may call the guard (215) 893-5252 to meet you at the door.
Curtis Opera Theatre: Seating for performances is general admission (unreserved): first-come-first-served. Doors usually open approximately 30 minutes before the performance, and then you may sit wherever you wish, apart from a few seats marked "reserved." Our performances sell out frequently, so we ask that you do not leave empty single seats in between you and other patrons so that pairs and families arriving later do not have to split up. Please do not place coats or bags on the seats next to you. Feel free to use the complimentary coat check on the main floor.
Curtis Opera Studio: This black box space holds approx. 110 seats and is configured differently for each performance. The Curtis Opera Studio is not wheelchair accessible. While there is an elevator to the third floor, there are five steps down and then four steps back up to get to the venue from the elevator.
Prince Music Theater: This space holds 450 seats and is an old movie theater with no poles or obstructions. There is a front section of seats which slopes gently down, and there is a back section of seats which is stadium style (each row is a step up from the one in front of it). Generally, the best seats are in the back of the front section or the front of the back section, but there is not a bad seat in the house. Wheelchair seating is available in the front of the back section. Just speak with an usher upon arrival and call in advance.
During a piece with multiple movements, please hold your applause between movements and wait for the end of each piece. When in doubt, wait for others. As tempting as it is to beat the crowd out of the venue, please stay to applaud the performers. For great performances, feel free to stand and applaud. The musicians have worked hard and deserve your thanks. At an opera performance, it is perfectly acceptable to applaud after arias. When applauding women, cheer "Brava!". When applauding men, cheer "Bravo!", and when applauding multiple singers, cheer "Bravi!"
Similar to subtitles that you experience while watching a foreign film, opera supertitles will be projected above the stage—translating the lyrics into English.
If you purchased tickets through the Curtis Patron Services Office, contact the Curtis Patrons Services at (215) 893-7902.
If you purchased tickets at the Kimmel Center box office or through Ticket Philadelphia, contact Ticket Philadelphia at (215) 893-1999. If you arrive without your tickets, the Kimmel Center box office staff should be able to reprint your tickets on the spot if you know under what name the tickets were reserved.
On average, 20 to 30 percent of audience members do not show up on the day of the performance—that equals hundreds of empty seats in Verizon Hall! If you are unable to find someone else to use your tickets, please return your tickets to the Curtis Patron Services office or the Kimmel Center box office with as much notice as possible, so we can try to find someone else to use your seats. We like to have the fullest house possible for our performers. Thank you for your help in this matter.
No Curtis performances are scheduled for the next week. To learn about future events, check the calendar on the lower left, the series tabs above, or the browse options to the right.