Lyric Opera NEXT is a free program that offers $20 discount student tickets to select performances of operas, musicals, and special events at Lyric Opera of Chicago.
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 student tickets become available, you will receive an email* announcement and your NEXT promo code. You will need to enter this code every time you purchase tickets on a NEXT date to enjoy your discount.
Ring cycle update
Lyric, following the lead of our city, state, and federal elected officials, as well as the recommendations of the Chicago Department of Public Health, has made the difficult decision to cancel all performances of Wagner’s Ring cycle and its related festival programming. Learn more about the cancellation here.
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.
Elevate awareness of Lyric's NEXT program among your classmates
Organize and promote College Night events
Share your excitement for the upcoming season on your favorite social media platforms
Distribute flyers, posters, and swag on your campus
Help organize group trips to performances
Free tickets to Lyric productions and events
Gain real-world event marketing experience
Network with and learn from Lyric staff members
Meet other young opera fans
Make an impact on your campus
Registration is currently closed.
Fancy an evening of free food and an up-close look at life behind the scenes at Lyric? Join us for one of our many College Night receptions throughout the season, where you can mingle with other students while enjoying complimentary refreshments and a Q&A session with members of Lyric's behind-the-scenes staff before attending your performance.
College Nights are typically hosted 4-5 times per season, and will be announced approximately one month before the event date. All College Night announcements and updates are sent via email and text message to students registered for NEXT.