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 866.673.7282 or email

Virginia Opera truly values your support of our company, just as we share your passion for our tremendous art form.

From the onset of the pandemic last March, we have been forced to make a number of very difficult decisions.  Always, our primary goal has been the safety of both our artists and our audiences.   As we explored options to perform that would adhere to the guidance of health officials and the regulations of our state and local governments, we reached the unavoidable conclusion that it is simply not possible for us to produce opera in our theaters safely before a vaccine for COVID-19 is available, accessible, and in wide use.

Therefore, today, we make the most difficult decision in our history — to cancel all the scheduled main stage productions in our 2020-2021 Season.

In this most difficult situation please seriously consider donating to our 2020-2021 Annual Fund Campaign.  A generous donor is currently matching all new or increased gifts to Virginia Opera dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000.  While we have vastly reduced operations and continue to minimize every expense to stretch every dollar as far as possible, your help now will allow us to work through these coming months in preparation of a brighter future and to once again produce, entertain, and amaze.

We promise that this time away necessitated by the realities of a pandemic will not be void of the music we love.  Our donors and subscribers will receive exclusive digital content free of charge, including a special holiday concert and a series of Master Classes featuring our talented Emerging Artists taught by the incomparable Denyce Graves.  We are also planning a second “Stayin’ Alive” residency in the spring of 2021 and more, so be sure you remain connected with us digitally to find out details as these exciting plans develop.

If you have purchased tickets:

  • Donate the full or partial value of your ticket(s) to Virginia Opera. You will receive an acknowledgement letter for the amount of your contribution which you may utilize as a charitable tax deduction, depending on your personal circumstances.
  • Renew your same seat(s) for the 2021-2022 Season and ensure that you are ready when we return to the stage.
  • Refund the full or partial value of your ticket purchase.
  • Request a combination of these options.

No matter your choice, our box office representatives are available to assist. They can be reached at 866.673.7282, or via email at  We are also able to process your requests at  You will simply need your login and password to access your account.  We would be grateful if you would let us know your preference by April 1, 2021.

With continued thanks for your understanding and support, and our sincere hope that you are safe and well.



Peggy Kriha Dye
General Director & CEO