For a varied program of classical music, dance performances and concerts in a large concert hall, visit the Harrison Opera House. The historic auditorium with tiers and elevated box seats has been a cultural hotspot in Norfolk since before World War II.
Admire the sophisticated façade and the twin towers on either side of the glassy center. Enter the complex and marvel at the lavish three-story lobby fit with floor-to-ceiling windows.
As you watch a concert, appreciate the opulent surroundings. Glistening chandeliers and majestic staircases are among the baroque features.
Purchase snacks and drinks from the refreshment stands and bars, which open before the shows and during the intermissions. Relax and sip champagne or try cocktails in the stylish and ornate setting.
Listen to a pre-curtain Opera Up Close talk, which provides introductory context and history for the production. Attend a show by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, which often performs here.
Consider the rich past of the complex, which served as a USO theater during World War II, meaning it was used by military personnel. A 1993 renovation has given the theater a modern look.
Check the schedule of shows on the website, where you can buy tickets for many types of stage and musical performances. Choose between the first grand tier and balcony seats up high and the orchestra level ones nearer the stage in this 1,632-seat complex. A range of boxes skirt the sides of the auditorium. The box office opens Monday through Friday from morning until late afternoon. It is also open for a few hours on Sundays during performance weeks.
The Harrison Opera House is on the northern edge of the downtown district of Norfolk, Virginia. Travel by bus to one of the nearby stops or walk north from the city center for about 15 minutes to get here. Parking is available for a fee on both sides of the theater.
Other attractions in this neighborhood include the Chrysler Museum of Art, Botetourt Gardens and the Historic Martin Mansion.