While there are a great many music venues, nothing is quite like spending a night at the opera. Buying the tickets is just one of many steps in this type of classical entertainment. Opera nights are not just a chance to hear music. They are a major social event. Seats are often sold for an entire year to regular patrons. Attendance is mandatory for some socialites. They meet, greet and hobnob before the show even begins. These nights are an extravaganza for those who wish to enjoy classic tales presented by the best singers available. Good shows are often booked well before opening night.