Student Night @ the Opera

Student Night @ the Opera is a program designed to provide students and chaperones unparalleled access to the power of live opera, at reduced ticket prices, to experience the excitement of professional performances first-hand in order to broaden the student’s appreciation for cultural arts our communities.

“For seven years in a row, Virginia Opera’s student night has amazed and thrilled my students. Many of these kids have never seen a live play, much less an opera, and the most frequent comment I hear at the end of the night is, ‘When are we coming to the next one?’ My kids and I have had great discussions on the nature of love, jealously, religion, as well as interpretation of costume, scenic, and light design. Their comments make it straight back to my classroom the next day, and become a part of our lesson. Thanks, Virginia Opera, for providing an interesting and intellectual evening my kids can afford and enjoy!”
Clyde Berry, Kings Fork High School

“I am such a supporter of this program, and I hope to bring more and more of my students in the future; they enjoyed the show as much as they could, loved the costumes, the set, and realized that opera is not a foreign, untouchable art. They even asked when the next student night would be.”
Lisa Dyer, J.R. Tucker High School

Because Virginia Opera understands very well the importance of a quality education, we have created complimentary study guides for each of our productions to enrich the opera experience. These guides, which allow readers to learn more about the opera, time period, and composer prior to attending the performance, were developed by educators to ensure that they conform to the Virginia Standards of Learning and enhance classroom teaching environments.

Student Night @ the Opera

All performances are at the Harrison Opera House in Norfolk.

  • Subscriptions start at $24/Single Tickets at $10*.
  • English supertitles are projected above the stage.
  • Each production is supplemented by free downloadable study guides and program book plot synopses.
  • Most operas are considered PG-13. Our Education Department is always available to answer any questions or concerns regarding a particular production.

*These performances are intended for students with valid IDs, up to age 23. The chaperone to student ratio is 1:4. Please note that there is a $5 surcharge for tickets purchased less than 48 hours in advance of the performance. IDs will be checked at the door.

Call 757-627-9545 x3347 or email


Francis Poulenc | Giacomo Puccini

February 3, 2021 7:00 PM
Harrison Opera House, Norfolk


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

March 10, 2021 7:00 PM
Harrison Opera House, Norfolk


W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan

April 14, 2021 7:00 PM
Harrison Opera House, Norfolk