2009-10 Season Lyric Opera NExT - Discount Student Tickets for the Next Generation Launches - Lyric Opera of Chicago

2009-10 Season Lyric Opera NExT - Discount Student Tickets for the Next Generation Launches

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For Immediate Release:
Tuesday, October 13, 2009


School’s back in session,
Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 55th season has opened with a bang –
Fulltime college & university students – register TODAY for
Lyric Opera NExT –
Discount Student Tickets for the Next Generation
“Only $20 for the best opera in the world!”


Lyric Opera of Chicago has reopened its popular online discount ticket program for fulltime college and university students. It’s called Lyric Opera NExT – Discount Student Tickets for the Next Generation. For selected performances, seats in the Ardis Krainik Theatre of the Civic Opera House are being sold to registered NExT members for just $20.

NExT discount offerings are limited to select performances based on availability. The program is administered and marketed strictly through the internet, and applies only to fulltime, degree-seeking college and graduate students. Continuing-education and part-time students do not qualify.

Last season at Lyric, more than 7,500 students from more than 190 universities and colleges participated in the NExT program – and loved it. While most of the participants are from the Midwest, others come from every corner of the U. S. and as far away as Canada, Europe, and the Far East. And they come from all disciplines, including law, medicine, business, theology, psychology, design, optometry, and of course music and theater.

After NExT students pick up their pre-purchased tickets from their own dedicated box office, they experience the art-deco splendor of the Civic Opera House – first in the Rice Grand Foyer, and then in the Ardis Krainik Theatre. Because NExT discount student tickets may be anywhere in the theater, they may find themselves sitting in premium seats on the main floor.

When the lights go down, they’re immersed in the live-performance audio-visual spectacle of grand opera, with astonishing acoustics that enable 3,500+ audience members to hear soloists plus 48 chorus members plus 75 orchestra members with crystal clarity and without amplification. It all adds up to an incredibly entertaining experience that’s also highly educational.

“NExT is fantastic,” said Ying Song, a Northwestern University graduate student in chemistry who attended the Oct. 10 performance of Tosca. “It’s really changed my view about opera. This is my third year in the program. It’s just a great program. My favorite opera was La traviata.” Song brought a friend along, fellow student Tainyang Liang, who said, “I’ve never been to an opera before. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Here’s how the program works: a student must become a member of NExT by registering online at www.lyricopera.org/next . Once registered, students will receive periodic email announcements listing upcoming performances available to NExT members. Registration is free.

 “We believe this program helps cultivate a love of opera in young adults’ lives, at a price they can afford,” says William Mason, Lyric’s general director. “We hope that the students who come to Lyric performances through the NExT program will eventually ‘graduate’ to single-ticket purchases and subscriptions when they’ve completed their studies.”

Lyric Opera NExT is not a “student rush” program – advance internet sales only. There are no walk-up sales for these specially priced tickets. Students must present valid student IDs when picking up tickets at the box office.

University faculty and administrators may also visit www.lyricopera.org/next to register to receive the email announcements, and to download the NExT group order form. Only student accounts are eligible to order discount tickets online, but university and college faculty and staff are encouraged to spread the word, and can also arrange for student group sales.

If you or someone you know is a fulltime college or university student, what are you waiting for? Don’t delay – register for NExT today.

Lyric Opera NExT -- Discount Student Tickets for the Next Generation is generously sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Paul F. Anderson, T.G. Bligh Foundation Fund, The Brinson Foundation, Allan and Suzette Bulley, Evelyn Greene, Komarek-Hyde-McQueen Foundation, NiSource, Nuveen Investments, The Pauls Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. James Reynolds, Jr., Timothy R. Schwertfeger and Gail Waller, and Donna Van Eekeren.