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 2017/18 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:

Fellow Travelers
Wednesday, March 21 at 7:30pm
Friday, March 23 at 7:30pm

Exclusive Pre-Sale on Jesus Christ Superstar Stage-side Pit Seating!

Lyric wants our NEXT college students to have advance access to some of the best seats in the house! Starting February 15, a newly-released block of seats in the first four rows of the theater will go on sale for all performances of Jesus Christ Superstar by phone only. Call 312.827.5600 to reserve your tickets today!

NEXT Now student subscription dates are available now!

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

The NEXT program offers $20 student tickets (reg. price up to $229) on a rolling basis throughout the season — but you don't have to wait to reserve your seats now with a NEXT Now Season Ticket Package. Pick 3 or more of the dates below and call our Audience Services team at 312.827.5600 to lock down $20 seats to the performances of your choice.

The Pearl Fishers
Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 7:30pm
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 7:30pm
Monday, December 4, 2017 at 7:30pm
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 7:30pm (Opening Night!)
Friday, December 8, 2017 at 7:30pm
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 7:30pm
I Puritani
Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 7:30pm
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 7:30pm
Friday, February 16, 2018 at 7:30pm
Così fan tutte 
Monday, February 26, 2018 at 7:30pm
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 7:30pm
Friday, March 16, 2018 at 7:30pm
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 7:30pm
Friday, March 9, 2018 at 7:30pm
Monday, March 12, 2018 at 7:30pm
Jesus Christ Superstar
Thursday May 3, 2018 at 7pm 
Friday, May 4, 2018 at 7pm
Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 7pm
These exclusive $20 NEXT Now subscriptions are only available to full-time university students with a valid student ID. Tickets will be seated based on availability in Main Floor Rear and balcony sections. We cannot accommodate specific seating requests. Dates and sections subject to change based on availability.

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

Where will I be seated and when will I receive my tickets?
Lyric will assign you the best available seats when your purchase your subscription. Your Print-At-Home tickets will be delivered to your inbox within 1-3 days.

May I exchange my NEXT Now series tickets?
Yes, exchanges are possible via phone with at least 5 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 multiple seats per production as long as your guests are also full-time, degree-seeking college or graduate students.

Student Events at Lyric Opera of Chicago

NEXT Events

Join us for the Friday, March 9 performance of Faust for College Night! Your $20 ticket includes an exclusive NEXT reception in the Opera Club before the performance.

5:30pm College Night Reception
6:30pm Pre-Opera Lecture in the theater
7:30pm Faust!

 Tickets are limited and selling fast — get yours today with the promo code COLLEGENIGHT.  

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

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 2017/18 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!

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.