NEXT: Student Tickets at Lyric Opera

Lyric Opera NEXT Discount Student Tickets

What is Lyric Opera NEXT?

NEXT is a FREE program that offers discount $20 student tickets to select performances of operas, musicals, and special events.

Who qualifies for NEXT?

Our NEXT program is for full-time, degree-seeking college and graduate students. Valid school email address and student ID are required.

How do I get tickets?

Sign up using the form below! When NEXT tickets become available, you will receive an email* announcement and your 2018/19 season NEXT promo code. You will need to enter this code every time you purchase tickets on a NEXT date to enjoy your discount.

*To ensure that our emails make it to your inbox, please add to your safe list.

Join NEXT Today!

Upcoming NEXT Dates:

Renée Fleming 25th Anniversary Concert & Gala
Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 7:00PM

Sign up for NEXT emails to be notified of eligible single-ticket dates and special events.

NEXT Now Student Subscription

NEXT Now — Discount Student Subscriptions

NEXT Now subscriptions for the 2018/19 Season are now available for purchase! These exclusive subscriptions for NEXT students include tickets to three or more shows throughout the Lyric Season at the same price of just $20 per ticket (reg. price up to $229). NEXT single tickets for select performances are added on a rolling basis throughout the Season, but you don't have to wait — plan ahead and reserve your seats in advance with a NEXT Now subscription! Pick three or more of the dates below and call our Audience Services team at 312.827.5600 to create your perfect package today!

La bohème
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 7:00PM
Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 7:00PM
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 7:00PM

Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 7:00PM
Friday, November 02, 2018 at 7:00PM

Saturday, November 03, 2018at 6:00PM

Il trovatore
Saturday, November 17, 2018 7:30PM
Friday, November 30, 2018 7:00PM
Thursday, December 06, 2018 7:00PM

Saturday, December 01, 2018 at 7:30PM
Saturday, December 08, 2018 at 7:30PM
Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 7:00PM

Saturday, February 02, 2019 at 7:30PM
Monday, February 18, 2019 at 7:00PM
Friday, February 22, 2019 at 7:00PM

La traviata 
Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 7:30PM
Monday, March 04, 2019 at 7:00PM
Friday, March 22, 2019 at 7:00PM

Saturday, March 02, 2019 at 7:30PM
Friday, March 08, 2019 at 7:00PM
Monday, March 11, 2019 at 7:00PM

West Side Story
Friday, May 03, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Thursday, May 09, 2019 at 7:00PM
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 7:00PM

NEXT Now subscriptions are only available to full-time university students with a valid student ID and .edu email address. Excludes Main Floor Prime, Aisle, and Box Seats. Tickets will be seated based on availability, and specific seating requests cannot be accommodated. Dates may be subject to change based on availability.

Where will I be seated and when will I receive my tickets?
You may select your seats when purchasing your NEXT Now subscription. Your Print-at-Home tickets will be delivered via email within 1-3 days.

May I exchange my NEXT Now Subscription tickets?
Yes, exchanges are possible by calling Audience Services at 312.827.5600 with at least five days notice. Your new date must be valid for the NEXT Now series. Fees may apply.

Can I purchase additional tickets for my friends?
Yes, you can buy one extra NEXT Now subscription as long as your guest is also a full-time, degree-seeking college or graduate student.

Lyric University Ambassadors

Lyric University Ambassadors

Be the Voice of Lyric on Your Campus

Do you love promoting events, creating buzz, networking, and working for a cause you believe in? Are you an innovative and organized university student in Illinois?

If this sounds like you, apply to be part of the Lyric University Ambassadors team and be part of building the NEXT generation of opera lovers on your campus.

Applications for the 2018/19 Lyric University Ambassadors are now open!


  • Elevate awareness of Lyric's NEXT program among your classmates
  • Distribute flyers, posters, and swag on your campus
  • Organize and promote College Night events
  • Share your excitement for the upcoming season on your favorite social media platforms

  • Gain real-world event marketing experience
  • Make an impact on your campus
  • Network with and learn from Lyric staff members
  • Free admission to Lyric productions and events


Join Lyric Opera NEXT today!

Lyric NEXT Registration

Fill out the form below to receive email notifications of NEXT-eligible dates and special events.

NEXT is a program for full-time, degree-seeking college students only. (Sorry, discount not valid for continuing ed, part-time, and high school students.) All NEXT ticket holders will be asked to show a valid college ID upon entering the theater.

Tickets are sold in advance; online purchases only. No rush tickets. Seat locations are assigned on a first-come, first-seated basis and cannot be changed after purchase.

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.