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.
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.
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.
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.