About Music Hall

Our 2018 Summer Festival marks our return to the beautifully restored Music Hall after an extensive $143 million renovation. While the building remains the same beautiful, historic treasure you know and love, there have been significant updates to improve the audience experience. Here’s what’s new!

Comfortable seating: New, wider seats and more legroom allow for a more comfortable operagoing experience.

Richer acoustics: “All that we love about the warmth and power of sound and the ability of singers to project into Music Hall has been preserved alongside a new ability for all the performing artists to project the most delicate pianissimo. Music Hall is now the best of all possible sonic worlds!” –Evans Mirageas, The Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director

The Terrace: The Terrace is the new and improved back section of the Orchestra. It’s the last eight rows, which have been elevated and now offer excellent sightlines and superior acoustics.

Social Spaces: Visit the new Audience Lounge off the main lobby where you can relax, have a drink, and watch the performance on monitors should you arrive late. And, explore the North and South Halls to find tables and seating options.

Patron Amenities: Restrooms have increased by 50%, which means you can spend less time in line and more time socializing during intermission. You’ll also find more bar locations and expanded concession offerings, including signature cocktails, premium coffee, and Findlay Market Tasting Trays.

Improved safety and accessibility: You’ll find elevators that reach all floors, a street-level handicapped entrance at the Music Hall Box Office, more wheelchair and companion seating options, and a state-of-the-art assistive listening device system.

Wilks Studio: The new Wilks Studio, where our chamber opera As One will be performed, is one of the most significant additions to Music Hall. Named after longtime opera patron Harry T. Wilks, the Wilks Studio on the north end of the building will double as a rehearsal space and a multi-purpose venue for public performances.