Season & Tickets

Ring Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any discounts for the Ring?

Due to the high demand for tickets and also the expense of producing the Ring, we are unable to offer any discounts.  However, we do have standing room which is available for $20.  Information is below.

How do I get on the wait list for sold out performances?

We will not be taking a wait list for sold out performances. However, availability does change from time to time. If a performance is currently showing as sold out be sure to check back as something may open up at any time.

How do I get standing room tickets?

Standing room tickets are $20 and go on sale on the Rheingold performance day for all four of the performances in that cycle.  Standing room is limited to 2 per person per performance.  On August 4, tickets will be available in person or over the phone starting at noon.   On August 12 and 20, tickets will be available starting at 9:00 a.m.

Is there a BRAVO! Club night?

Yes!  BRAVO! Club is for our opera aficionados between the ages of 21 and 39.  BRAVO! members Join BRAVO! Club at Seattle Opera enjoy complimentary wine at intermissions during Ring Cycle 3, as well as discounts on our 2013/14 season, invitations to special events, and more!

How can I purchase festival event tickets?

Tickets are available anytime from now through August at the Administrative Offices (please note this is not located at McCaw Hall)
1020 John Street, Seattle, WA 98109
Phone 206.389.7676 or 800.426.1619 or TTY Service 800.833.6388
Monday—Friday 9:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m.
Wednesdays 9:30 a.m.—3:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 3, 10, 17, 24 noon—3:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 4 noon—3:00 p.m.

In August, you can also purchase tickets at the McCaw Hall Box Office which is located at 321 Mercer Street at Seattle Center.  Hours will be:
Festival Event Days 9:00 a.m.—10:30 a.m.
(August 4-9, 12-17, 20-25)
Ring Performance Evenings 4:00 p.m.—curtain
Please email tickets@seattleopera.org with any questions.

What are the performance lengths?

Das Rheingold:  2 hours and 30 minutes with no intermission
Die Walküre:  4 hours and 30 minutes, with 2 intermissions
Siegfried:  5 hours, with 2 intermissions
Götterdämmerung:  5 hours and 15 minutes, with 2 intermissions
All times are approximate

Ring Info Booth Hours

  Morning Evening
Sunday 4-Aug 8:30a - 2:00p 4:00p - 7:00p
Monday 5-Aug 9:00a - 12:00p 4:00p - 6:00p
Tuesday 6-Aug 9:00a - 6:00p
Wednesday 7-Aug 9:00a - 1:30p 3:30p - 6:00p
Thursday 8-Aug 9:00a - 12:00p  
Friday 9-Aug 9:00a - 1:30p 3:30p - 6:00p
Monday 12-Aug 8:00a - 2:00p 4:00p - 7:00p
Tuesday 13-Aug 9:00a - 12:00p 4:00p - 6:00p
Wednesday 14-Aug 9:00a - 6:30p
Thursday 15-Aug 9:00a - 1:30p 3:30p - 6:00p
Friday 16-Aug 9:00a - 12:00p  
Saturday 17-Aug 9:00a - 1:30p 3:30p - 6:00p
Tuesday 20-Aug 8:30a - 2:00p 4:00p - 7:00p
Wednesday 21-Aug 9:00a - 12:00p 4:00p - 6:00p
Thursday 22-Aug 9:00a - 6:30p
Friday 23-Aug 9:00a - 1:30p 3:30p - 6:00p
Saturday 24-Aug 9:00a - 12:00p  
Sunday 25-Aug 9:00a - 1:30p 3:30p - 6:00p

What is the dress code?

Pretty much anything goes in Seattle.  You'll see opera-goers wearing everything from ball gowns to Birkenstocks. Feel free to dress up for a special night out, dress down for comfort, or find your own happy medium. When it comes to the opera, almost anything but the most casual wear is considered appropriate. Read more about attending the opera at McCaw Hall, including what to wear at www.seattleopera.org/attending.

Are all Ring festival events general admission?

Yes, the festival events are general admission.  Priority seating is available for donors at the Garnet level and higher ($1,000 and more).  Rheingold Revelry seating is pre-assigned.  Please contact ring.donor.services@seattleopera.org for more information on Rheingold Revelry seating.

How do I pre-order my lunch for the Symposia day?

You may pre-order your box lunch for the Symposium Lunchtime Q&A online.

If you prefer not to participate in the Symposium Lunchtime Q&A, you're free to head one of the many dining options in the area. Please keep your ticket stub with you for re-entry into McCaw Hall in time for afternoon session which begins promptly at 1PM.

Please note: In order to comply with McCaw Hall's exclusive catering contract, you may not bring any food or beverages from outside the building.

How do I order box dinners for pre-performance talks?

These will be available to purchase in the lobby as soon as you arrive.  Box dinners can be eaten during the talks.

Where is McCaw Hall?

McCaw Hall is located on the Seattle Center Campus at 321 Mercer Street, in the Lower Queen Anne neighborhood.  The Lower Queen Anne business district (aka Uptown) is a short 3-4 block walk and has many restaurants available.

What is the distance from downtown to McCaw Hall?

From the downtown shopping and hotel district, it’s about two miles.  There is a convenient monorail which runs from Westlake Center to Seattle Center.  Information at www.seattlemonorail.com.  Please see special hours below.

What hotels are nearby?

We encourage you to use the easy-to-navigate Seattle Visitor’s website to explore all the options nearby.  Go to http://visitseattle.org/Visitors/Stay.aspx and in the “REGIONS” box, select Queen Anne.  Most of those should be walkable.  You can map the location from the hotel to 321 Mercer Street (McCaw Hall’s address) to find the exact walking distance.  In addition to the Queen Anne neighborhood, Belltown and Downtown neighborhoods will have many hotel options for you to consider. 
The Grand Hyatt Seattle is offering Ring ticket holders an “Opera Ring Special rate” of 15% off the Best available daily rate valid from August 1-31, 2013.  Call 206 774 1234. 

What restaurants are nearby?

You can read up on nearby restaurants.  Or stop by the Concierge Desk at the front door of McCaw Hall when you arrive for a list of nearby restaurants and information about all the dining options within McCaw Hall itself.

Will the monorail be open late?

Yes.  the monorail will run until midnight after Rheingold and Walküre, until 12:15 after Siegfried, and until 12:40 after Götterdämmerung

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Emily Hindrichs as The Queen of the Night© Richard Hubert Smith photo