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College and graduate students

College and graduate students NEXT is a free program for college and graduate students that offers $20 tickets when space is available. Sign up for email and text alerts to enjoy this discount. 

NEXT Now offers the same great deal but allows you to choose the performances you want in advance. Select three or more operas, only $20 per ticket, and rest easy knowing that you will be here for all of the biggest moments of our season.

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Senior Matinee

Senior Matinee
Each season's Senior Matinee enables Chicago seniors to attend a selected Lyric Opera dress rehearsal at no cost. The Senior Matinee for 2019/20 is Verdi's Luisa Miller on October 8, 2019. 

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NEXT is supported by Lead Sponsor The Grainger Foundation and cosponsors an Anonymous Donor, Mr. and Mrs. Paul F. Anderson, Dr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Atkinson, Jr., T. G. Bligh Foundation Fund, The Brinson Foundation, Mark E. Ferguson and Elizabeth B. Yntema Ferguson, Elaine Frank, J. Douglas Gray, Patricia A. Kenney and Gregory J. O’Leary, the Komarek-Hyde-McQueen Foundation/Patricia Hyde, NiSource, Satter Family Foundation, Mary Sue and Michael Shannon, and the Donna Van Eekeren Foundation.

Senior Matinee is supported by the Buehler Family Foundation, Dr. Sondra C. Rabin, the Lannan Foundation, the Shirley and Benjamin Gould Endowment Fund, the Louise Landau Foundation, The Retirement Research Foundation, and The Siragusa Foundation, with additional support from the Adam and Harriette Swierz Donor-Advised Fund.