The Alaska Center for the Performing Arts

Anchorage Opera performances are held at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Located in the heart of downtown Anchorage, the Center first opened its doors in 1988. The Center consists of three uniquely Alaskan theatres and houses over 200,000 patrons each year.

Discovery Theatre

The two levels of the Discovery Theatre seat 700. A lush rose and forest green color scheme capture the essence of wild Alaskan berries. The seat upholstery, designed by Alaskan resident Paula Dickey, is accurately entitled “Salmonberries” and plays well with the silver acoustical discs hanging from the ceiling.

Sydney Laurence Theatre

The Sydney Laurence Theatre is named after the Alaskan painter whose work is now displayed in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Collection of Fine Arts and the Anchorage Museum of History and Art. The auditorium has a calming palette of blues, grays, and mauves reflected in the seating upholstery entitled “Forest Floor,” designed by Alaskan resident Hugh McPeck. The asymmetrical seating arrangement features open boxes and seats 340.

Anchorage Opera acknowledges that we gather and are performing on the traditional lands of the Dena’ina Athabascans. For thousands of years the Dena’ina have been and continue to be the stewards of this land. It is with gratefulness and respect that we recognize the contributions, innovations, and contemporary perspectives of the upper Cook Inlet Dena’ina.