NEXT: Student Tickets at Lyric Opera

NEXT - $20 Student Tickets

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A FREE program! Sign up for $20 tickets to select performances. Dates for individual NEXT tickets coming soon! 
Buy 3 or more tickets in advance to create your NEXT Now series with the NEXT Now dates listed below.


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


After creating your account, select NEXT within My Account > Profile & Preferences > Interests.

When NEXT tickets become available, you will receive an email* announcement and your 15/16 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.

Sign up for NEXT Texts below to receive exclusive early bird offers and more.

NEXT Now series: buy 3 or more tickets in advance

For the second season, Lyric is pleased to offer advance NEXT purchases when you reserve tickets to three or more operas at a time. See below for details! (Individual NEXT ticket dates coming soon!)


NEXT Now - just announced! 

Call 312.827.5600 to order your series today!
***Only available via phone order***

Choose from the list of dates below to build your series of three or more operas – at just $20 a ticket. You won't find a better deal!

The Marriage of Figaro
OPENING NIGHT - Saturday, Sept. 26
at 5:00*
Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 7:30
*Please note early start time for Opening Night of the season.
Formal or business attire suggested.
Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 7:30
Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 7:30
Sun. Nov. 1, 2pm
Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 7:30
Thursday, Nov. 12 at 7:30

The Merry Widow
Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 7:30
Friday, Nov. 20 at 7:30
Bel Canto
World Premiere Opening Night - 
Monday, Dec.  7 at 7:30
Thursday, Dec. 10 at 7:30

Saturday, Jan. 23 at 7:30
Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 7:30

Der Rosenkavalier
Monday, Feb. 8 at 6:30*
Friday, March 4 at 6:30*

Monday, March 7 at 6:30*

*Please note early start time.
Romeo and Juliet
Monday, Feb. 22 at 7:30
Tuesday, March 8 at 7:30

Where will I be seated and when will I receive my tickets?

Lyric will assign the best available Main Floor seats a few days before your performance and Print-At-Home tickets will be delivered to your inbox at that time.

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.

NEXT individual dates - coming soon

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Upcoming Events

Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park
Friday, Sept 11

NEXT Now Dates
Coming in July!

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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.