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Whether you are new to opera and ballet or are a well-seasoned audience member, you are sure to be inspired, impressed, and moved by our wide array of performances. Our productions include the most talented student performers in the nation, studying at the world-renowned Jacobs School of Music.

IU Jacobs School of Music Opera and Ballet Theater attracts highly esteemed musical and creative directors from across the globe who create awe-inspiring scenic designs and provide professional music direction for our students. You are guaranteed to have a memorable experience and witness a stunning theatrical performance.

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Directions and Parking

Musical Arts Center (MAC)

101 North Jordan Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405


Convenient, free parking is available on performance evenings in several nearby locations, including the Jordan Avenue Garage and the Atwater Garage. Paid parking at the Indiana Memorial Union is also available.

First-time visitors

Have questions about what to expect while attending your first opera or ballet? Fortunately, we have some helpful tips!

When should I show up?

We suggest you arrive on IU’s campus at least 30 minutes before the show to give yourself ample time to find parking. As a courtesy to the performers, late seating is not permitted. If you do arrive late, you may relax with food and beverages in our lobby and watch the performance on our televisions until intermission.

What should I wear?

Come as you are! IU Jacobs School of Music Opera and Ballet Theater does not have a dress code. Some dress to the nines, some don’t. It’s your choice.

Where should I eat?

Bloomington boasts a wide range of dining experiences—some just a short walk from the MAC. Explore Bloomington’s restaurant selection at Visit Bloomington.

Does the MAC sell food and drinks?

Beer and wine is now available for purchase in the MAC lobby prior to IU Opera and Ballet Theater performances and during intermission! You can also enjoy a variety of snacks and beverages. Plus, we sell your local favorite at all productions—ice cream from The Chocolate Moose.

What are Pre-Performance Talks?

Beat the traffic, and learn more about the opera or ballet you will be seeing. Get behind-the-scenes production insights and fascinating background information presented by graduate students in our Musicology Department. Join us on the mezzanine level of the Musical Arts Center one hour prior to most performances. Pre-Performance Talks are complimentary to all ticket holders.

Are the performances in English?

Languages can vary from show to show. However, English translations are projected above the stage for all operas.

Are group sales available?

Discounted rates are available for groups of 10 or more. Call us at 812-855-9053 for details.

Are student discounts available?

IU Jacobs School of Music Opera and Ballet Theater encourages young people to attend events with family members by offering significant student discounts on subscription and single-ticket prices.

Is bursar billing available for IU Bloomington students?

The MAC box office is able to process on-site bursar billing for current students wishing to attend ticketed MAC performances. Please be prepared to show your student ID at performances.

How can I communicate my accessibility needs?

Special seating locations, elevators, and restrooms are provided for patrons who need accessibility. If you would like assistance prior to or after the performance, please advise the box office of your needs when ordering tickets. Call 812-855-7433 with questions.

Looking for more outstanding performances?

Visit our Jacobs Events Calendar