To experience opera in Norfolk is to savor it in surroundings of grand elegance. Once a World War II USO theater, this historic venue was lavishly renovated in 1993. With 1,632 seats, the stunning Edythe C. and Stanley L. Harrison Opera House retains an intimate ambience, but one adorned by the beauty of glittering chandeliers, sweeping staircases and bistro tables where you can sip champagne and drink in the glamour.
Ample modern amenities contribute to your enjoyment. Park in brightly lit lots on both sides of the theater. Parking is available for $5 in the parking lot adjacent to the theater. Spaces are limited, and parking regulations and reserved parking must be observed at all times. Limited on-street parking is also available.
Refreshment stands and bars serve before performances and during intermissions.
Join Dr. Glenn Winters for his "Opera Up Close" pre-curtain talk forty-five minutes before each performance for his informative and entertaining insights on each production.
Tickets for performances of Virginia Opera productions may be purchased in person at the Virginia Opera Box Office, or by telephone with a major credit card.
Out of the Area? Use our Toll-Free Subscriber Hotline: 1.866.OPERA.VA (1.866.673.7282) or click here to order single tickets online!
For tickets to an event presented by an organization other than Virginia Opera at the Harrison Opera House, please contact the respective organization for more information.
Virginia Opera accepts MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express. We also accept personal checks drawn on a local bank.
Virginia Opera Box Office
Harrison Opera House
160 E. Virginia Beach Blvd.
Norfolk, Virginia 23510
Virginia Opera Box Office
PO Box 2580
Norfolk, Virginia 23501
From Southside: 757.623.1223
From the Upper Peninsula: 757.877.2550
• M-F - 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
• M-F - 10 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
• Sun -10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
On performance days, Box Office opens at 10:00 a.m. and remains open through the first intermission. The Box Office accepts PHONE CALLS up until an HOUR before curtain only. E-mails to the Box Office on performance days, may not be received until the following day.
Virginia Opera recommends e-mails and calls are made more than 24 hours in advance of a performance day.
Full-service bars are available for your convenience on the Lower and Grand Lobby levels. A variety of snacks are available on the Lower and Grand Lobby levels.
Avoid waiting in line by placing your intermission order before the performance begins! Print, fill out and hand the form to a bartender at any intermission bar before the performance and your order will be ready at the start of the intermission! For advanced orders with our refreshment sponsor, Norfolk Catering, please download and print the form.
Ample restrooms are located on all three lobby levels. Upon leaving the theater, on both the Lower and Grand Lobby levels, women's restrooms are to the right, and men's restrooms are to the left. On the third level, men and women's restrooms are both located on either side of the lobby.
Elevators serving all seating levels are located on either side of the theater.
Virginia Opera is a smoke-free environment. Smoking is not allowed in any part of the Harrison Opera House.
Ample, $5 parking is available in the city-run parking lots at the Harrison Opera House for main stage Virginia Opera performances (parking regulations and reserved parking must be observed at all times). Additional free, on-street parking is also available, subject to Norfolk parking restrictions.
The City of Norfolk enforces "No Parking" regulations on Llewellyn Avenue and other streets surrounding the Harrison Opera House where "No Parking" signs are posted. Virginia Opera is not responsible for any parking tickets received by patrons and discourages using other privately and commercially owned lots in the vicinity of the Harrison Opera House for parking. When coming to a Virginia Opera, please allow ample time to park, and take care to obey all posted parking regulations and Harrison Opera House parking attendant staff.
Any patrons expecting emergency telephone calls may leave their seat number with the house manager and the telephone number 757.627.9545, ext. 3378 with their service (or babysitter). In the event of an emergency telephone call, the house manager will locate the patron immediately.
The Harrison Opera House has been renovated in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Thirty wheelchair-accessible seats are available at each performance. Patrons requiring wheelchair-accessible seating must make advance reservations with the box office in order for us to provide proper accommodation before the wheelchair-accessible seating sells out. For information or assistance, please call the box office at 757.623.1223 prior to performance, or see the house manager during performances.
In consideration of others, latecomers will be seated at the discretion of the house manager. The theater opens one half-hour before curtain time. Unless otherwise noted, Friday evening performances begin promptly at 8 p.m.; Tuesday evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday matinees begin at 2:30 p.m. Please make every effort to arrive in ample time to be seated prior to curtain.
Cameras and recording equipment are strictly prohibited in the theater. Patrons with paging devices or cellular phones must set them on the vibrate mode or check them with the house manager, who will contact them in the event they are paged. Patrons are also asked to turn off the beepers on their wristwatches prior to entering the theater.
No food or beverages are allowed inside the theater.
Virginia Opera reserves the right to deny admission to children under the age of five. All children, regardless of age, must have a ticket to enter the theater.