Theater Information

Belk Theater

Belk Theater features state-of-the-art equipment, production and support capabilities and can host any event, from grand opera to rock to corporate annual meetings and lectures.

The theater features a contemporary European horseshoe arrangement for an intimate atmosphere and world-class acoustics. The most distant seat is less than 135 feet from the stage.

A hallmark of the theater’s design is some 2,400 “points of light” in the audience chamber, part of a dazzling fiber optic network with multi-color capabilities.

Renowned architect Cesar Pelli designed the Performing Arts Center, which opened in 1992, as well as the adjacent Bank of America Corporate Center and Founders Hall. The Center’s name honors the contributions of the people of the state of North Carolina as well as the generosity of the Blumenthal Foundation, the largest private donor to the capital campaign.

Attend The Opera

Whether you’re attending your first opera or you’ve been a lifelong opera lover, we want to you feel comfortable and have a sense of what to expect. In anticipation of your questions, we have answered a few typical ones here for you:

Will I understand what they're singing?

Yes! Easily follow the drama of Grand Opera with Projected English Titles above the stage for foreign language operas.

What should I wear?

You’ll see everything from casual to black-tie at the Opera – it’s all about your experience.

Can I bring children and young people?

Please do! There’s no better way to create a love for the performing arts in young people than when they are accompanied by a mentor or family member. Opera Carolina provides a discounted subscription for youth, student rush tickets for students.

WHAT ELSE FOR PERFORMANCES? The Opera’s Education Department also has great programs like Student Night at the Opera, and Piccolo Verdi that provides opportunities for youth to attend the final dress rehearsal of each Grand Opera production.

Where do I get my tickets?

Grand Opera tickets are handled by the Blumenthal box office. All ticketing is contactless. Your tickets will be sent to the email address you provided. Lost your email or prefer a printed ticket? Stop by the will call desk and we can provide physical tickets for you. Season tickets are handled directly by the Opera office, so consider subscribing and gain prioritized service and savings.

How long does the opera last?

Our performances in Belk Theater are usually 2½ to 3 hours. Performances and experience in the community typically range from 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Get Directions and Explore

When you visit our venues we want to make sure you have a wonderful time – whether you’re in Charlotte for the weekend, or simply enjoying an evening out on the town. Learn about everything from parking to fantastic dining and lodging options.


Bank of America Corporate Center Parking Garage

Entrances are located both on Trade st between Brevard & College St, and East 5th St between Brevard & College streets. Overstreet walkway available to Founders Hall.


7th Street Station Parking

Entrances are located on 7th Street between College and Tryon Streets


Hearst Tower Parking Garage

Entrances are located both on 5th and 6th Streets.