Get acquainted with opera and ballet

Have you always wanted to know what happens behind the beautiful facades of our opera houses? Does it tickle your fancy to step inside? Would you like to get to know opera or ballet? That is possible, because everyone is welcome! Opera Ballet Vlaanderen presents opera and ballet performances, concerts, youth performances and much more. Take a look at our programme and discover the full range.

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An evening at Opera Ballet Vlaanderen is always unforgettable. You will experience a beautiful performance in a unique setting. Our friendly auditorium staff are always on hand to assist and guide you through our magnificent buildings. On stage, you can expect innovative and moving performances featuring the best artists from home and abroad. To understand the lyrics and dialogues, you can follow the Dutch and English translations above the stage. And beneath the stage, our large Symphonic Orchestra plays. Come and experience it with your own eyes and ears!


You can easily purchase a ticket via Prices vary depending on the type of performance and your seating, but there is a seat for every budget, with tickets starting at 15 euros. We also offer many reduced rates. If you would like personal advice about the program (for example, which performances are suitable for children) or help ordering your tickets, please contact the staff at the ticket office. Want to bundle multiple performances? We offer small and large subscriptions in various packages. Any questions? Feel free to send us a message via Facebook or Instagram.


A few days before the performance, you will receive an email from us with your ticket details, practical information about your visit, and background information about the production.

Some people prefer to enjoy a performance without any prior knowledge, while others like to prepare by using text materials and audio introductions we offer for free on the website, magazine, social media, or in the program book. The beautifully designed program book provides both a brief 'entry' to guide you through the material, and longer reflections on the themes the production focuses on.

If you wish, you can attend a free introduction 60 minutes before most performances: the ideal last-minute preparation. You will also receive up-to-date info in the performance email sent to you in advance.


  • There is no dress code. The days of attending the opera in rustling ball gowns or tuxedos are long past. Festive, fashionable, or casual: whatever you wear, we think you look radiant!
  • Check the start time of the performance in advance. If you arrive half an hour early, you will have enough time to calmly hang up your coat and find your seat. Once the performance has started, the doors to the auditorium will be closed.
  • For fire safety and the comfort of our visitors, we ask you to leave coats, umbrellas, backpacks, etc., in the cloakroom. The auditorium staff will ensure your items are safe and that you can quickly retrieve them after the performance.
  • You can have a drink before and after the performance in the foyers. The bar is also open during the intermission. Payments can be made with your bank card. Want to eat something before the performance? You can visit one of the many restaurants and bars near the opera houses in Antwerp and Ghent. For a small appetite, we offer some snacks in our foyers.
  • Would you like more information about upcoming performances? Don’t forget to pick up a free copy of the OBV magazine during your visit.
  • Would you like to peek inside the auditorium in advance? Both opera houses regularly organize guided tours. It’s best to book in advance, as spaces are limited.
  • Smoking, eating, and drinking in the auditorium are not allowed. Photography or filming during performances is also prohibited. You can read our house rules on our website.

Find further practical information about the progress of our performances here.

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