| COVID-19

6/17/2022 – Thank you for your patience and understanding as we operate Union Avenue Opera differently to ensure a safe environment for our patrons, artists, volunteers, and staff. Please see below for the latest information regarding COVID-19 Safety Protocols for Union Avenue Opera’s 2022 Festival Season.

Covid-19 audience safety measures

We are thrilled to welcome guests back to Union Avenue Opera.  The safety of our guests, artists, and staff, is our greatest priority. In response to the current COVID-19 infection numbers, we have updated our safety protocols as outlined below.  As always, we will follow guidelines and recommendations as set forth by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), City of St. Louis Department of Health, State of Missouri, and from the international performing arts industry.  We will continue to monitor and adjust these policies as appropriate.

Venue Access & Masks

All guests, staff, volunteers, etc will be required to wear a mask while inside at Union Avenue Opera. Regardless of vaccination status, masks must be worn properly (over both the nose and mouth) in all common areas including lobbies, aisleways, theatre, and restrooms at all times and for the duration of the performance.

Single layer masks, gaiters or masks with visible exhalation valves or vents are not acceptable.

Individuals who fail to wear a mask or fail to wear mask properly will not be allowed admittance or may be asked to leave.

Masks may only be removed while an individual is actively eating or drinking in designated areas.

Stage artists, and members of the orchestra for whom wearing a mask would impede their ability to play, will be unmasked during the performance but will be required to mask at all other times in the venue.

Vaccination or Negative COVID-19 Test

For the health and safety of the artists, audience, staff, and volunteers, Union Avenue Opera recommends everyone, ages 12 or older, be fully vaccinated prior to attending the opera. For those who are not vaccinated, Union Avenue Opera recommends testing prior to arrival.

Social Distancing

Future performances may be sold at varying capacities depending on the level of community spread in accordance with city and state guidelines. Performances may operate at a reduced seating capacity to allow for additional patron distancing.

All performances for the 2022 Festival Season will be sold at full capacity. Guests can speak to the Box Office to see if seats are available in a “less crowded” section of the theatre, but no refunds will be given for moving into a lower priced seat.

Additional Safety Measures

We all have a shared responsibility to keep patrons, artists, staff, and volunteers safe. Please do not visit Union Avenue Opera if you:

  • Have symptoms of any infectious illness or have been exposed to someone who has confirmed or suspected COVID-19 within the past 14 days
  • Have a body temperature of 100.4 or higher, unexplained or abnormal coughing, sneezing, sore throat, fatigue or difficulty breathing
  • Believe you may be carrying or are ill with COVID-19

Hand sanitizing stations are located throughout the building. 

Cleaning and disinfecting products will be used to sanitize our stairway railings, bathrooms, elevators and other high touch surfaces between performances.

All tickets should be purchased in advance and door sales may not be available.


Guests understand that there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. Those purchasing or attending Union Avenue Opera events voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19


For the health and safety of everyone, patrons who do not follow Union Avenue Opera’s COVID-19 Safety Plan will be required to leave immediately. Any visitors who are disrespectful or discourteous to other guests, staff or volunteers may be asked to leave and no refund given.

COVID Related Ticket Change Requests
Please note that all ticket sales are final, however at Union Avenue Opera we understand that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and recent surge in cases may require a change to your ticket(s) due to illness or known exposure and we are therefore making exceptions for those individuals with a COVID-19 related change request.

Change requests must be submitted prior to the start of the performance for which you are requesting assistance. We cannot process change request forms submitted after a performance has concluded.