Gift Guide for the Opera Lover
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Holiday Gift Guide for the Opera Lover in Your Life

The holidays are just around the corner – and while it can be tough to find the just-right gift for everyone on your list, if you’re looking to cross off the opera fan in your family (even if that’s you!) we’ve got you covered. From top-notch electronics and unique experiences to a clever way to save all those opera tickets, check out our top 10 gift ideas for the opera lover in your life.

Tickets to a show or season

This one might be obvious, but for the experience-seeking opera fan, you can’t go wrong with tickets to a show. Bonus points for you if you give them an extra ticket so they can bring a +1! If you don’t want to go as far as picking seats for them, you can also surprise them with a gift certificate. Palm Beach Opera offers convenient gift certificates and will even send them out for you if you want. Want to really wow them? Give them the ultimate opera-goer gift and purchase them a season subscription so they won’t miss a single show.

The perfect opera coffee table book

The Most Beautiful Opera Houses in the World by Guillaume de Laubier features stunning photography and insight into the most famous – and gorgeous – opera houses around the world. Explore ornate opera houses in Tokyo, Chicago, Milan, New York, and beyond, complete with inside looks into closed-off spaces like dressing rooms, rehearsal halls, and workshops. Perfect for anyone who appreciates architecture, photography, and/or a chic coffee table, this gift is sure to excite the opera fan with an eye for design.

Opera glasses

For the opera fan who sits at the back of the theater, pick them up a pair of binoculars to improve their theater-going experience. Choose from a compact pair of binoculars, or opt for a unique vintage pair of opera glasses for the fan who appreciates all-things retro.

Noise-canceling headphones

For the music fan who always carries a pair of headphones with them, gift them the upgrade of the Bose QuietComfort wireless, noise-cancelling headphones. These are top-notch headphones (and they come at a top-notch price) that will thrill anyone who loves to listen to music on the go, on the plane, or while they work remotely. Built for comfortable listening all day long, complete with plush, leather ear cushions, these headphones boast high-quality sound, a long battery life, and Bluetooth capability.

Vintage opera posters

Perfect for the opera fan with a gallery wall (or who wishes they had one), these vintage opera posters are sure to impress any art lover. With so many sizes to choose from, you can pick out the perfect poster for their needs. Help them spruce up their workspace with a small one for their office, or encourage a bold, oversized poster for that empty wall in their big living room. Bonus points for you if you have it framed!

Books on opera

For the opera fan who loves to read, gift them the “best single volume ever written” (Times Literary Supplement) on opera. A History of Opera by Carolyn Abbate retells the history of opera in an easy-to-read narrative, highlights the role of opera in society and examines how opera has continued to communicate with audiences for more than 400 years. Looking for another book? Head over to our Books to Inspire Your Season of Opera for more ideas!

Ticket Stub Diary

For the opera-goer who can’t seem to throw out their ticket stubs, gift them with a place to put them all with this pretty and functional ticket stub diary. They can save each of their beloved ticket stubs, and even add notes like dates and locations, to better record the experience.  These hardcover ticket stub diaries also look great on a coffee table or in a bookshelf! You can find the ticket stub diary pictured below at Uncommon Goods.

Opera-inspired apparel

For the opera-goer who is always cold inside the theater, gift them a wardrobe classic – the coveted cashmere wrap. A high-quality cashmere wrap is the perfect accessory to an elegant opera outfit, and it’s something that can be worn on many occasions. For the opera fan who loves to share their passion with the public, give them a t-shirt with all their favorite composers on it or another fun opera-fan t-shirt. (Etsy is a great place to make a custom tee!) Perfect to sport under a blazer inside the theater or wear casually outside of the opera house, these apparel options are easy, practical, and thoughtful gifts.

Turntable and vinyl

Another great gift for an opera music lover who also appreciates vintage and retro pieces, a turntable is a unique and timeless way to listen to opera. Pair this affordable turntable with some vinyl opera records, and you are good to go!


Is the opera fan in your family a young professional? Check out PBO Young Friends memberships for a unique gift that will last an entire season. Young Friends can enjoy networking opportunities, meet new people, and take advantage of discounted opera tickets and subscriptions.






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Books to Inspire Your Season of Opera

Looking to add an interesting new book to your summer reading list?  If you’re curious about opera, or need something to hold you over until the season starts back up again, we’ve collected six opera-inspired reads for every type of opera lover.

Whether you’re new to the art form or a seasoned pro, check out these six books below that are sure to inspire your upcoming season of opera:

The Queen of the Night

Alexander Chee’s bestselling novel is perfect for the fiction lover who may also be new to opera. The story follows a legendary soprano who finally gets the chance to sing an original role – but at a price she’s not sure she’s willing to pay. Much like an opera, The Queen of the Night is full of drama, complete with death, deception, betrayal and a web of romance.

Opera 101: A Complete Guide To Learning And Loving Opera

Great for history buffs, or readers looking for an everything-you-need-to-know guide to opera, Opera 101 covers it all and is an easy read. Fred Plotkin leads you through the history of opera, goes over operatic concepts and voice types, recommendations, and insight into how to best enjoy opera.

A Night at the Opera

For a more in-depth look into the world of opera, check out Denis Forman’s informative insider’s guide. Forman walks readers through 83 of the most popular operas recorded, dissecting each of their plots, characters and histories in detail. Perhaps one of the most interesting parts of the book, Forman includes unabashed critiques and praises of each piece, providing readers with great debate material and potential trivia answers for years to come.

Bel Canto

Another nonfiction opera-inspired pick, Ann Patchett’s Bel Canto (now a major motion picture) tells the thrilling story of an elegant evening gone wrong in South America. What begins as a lavish birthday party for a government official, featuring an exclusive concert with an acclaimed opera singer, turns into a hostile and dangerous situation.

Mozart’s Women: His Family, His Friends, His Music

Mozart’s Women offers readers a unique perspective on the brilliant composer, and how his relationships with women influenced and inspired his work. For those looking to learn more about the genius behind some of opera’s most famous works, and his life through the lens of the women surrounding him, Jane Glover has covered it all in this biographical book.

A History of Opera

Referred to as one of the best books on the subject by many, A History of Opera explores how—and why—opera has continued to transfix audiences for centuries. Carolyn Abbate examines opera’s societal role, its timeless narratives, and the enduring works that despite their age, stand the test of time.

Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments below! 

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