Here are some tips and general guidelines that you can take into account:
- Stalls: The stalls, or the orchestra section, are often considered the best seats in any theater, including the opera because they offer the most detailed views of the stage. However, the front rows may be too close for some as you may need to look up, which can be uncomfortable during long performances.
- Dress Circle: Also known as the first balcony, the dress circle offers a more panoramic view of the stage without having to crane your neck upwards. The front rows of the dress circle are usually highly sought after as they combine both a detailed view and comfort.
- Boxes: Some people prefer boxes due to their privacy and luxury, but the view can sometimes be partially obstructed.
- Upper Circles: These are further from the stage and hence cheaper, but you may still have a good view. They are the best seats for those on a budget.
- Aisle seats: Aisle seats can offer a little more room to stretch out, and they make it easier to leave without disturbing others.
In general, you should also consider the specific opera being performed. For some, you might prefer to be closer to the stage to see the performers’ expressions, while for others with lavish sets, a more panoramic view might be preferable. Check the seating map when you purchase tickets to choose seats that align with your preference. Remember that everyone has different preferences, and there’s no definitive ‘best seat’. It’s a good idea to try different spots and see what you like best.