Calling All Students!

Sponsored by the Louise Baehr Martin Memorial Fund

Through the generous support of our sponsors, we are able to provide FREE tickets to our fully staged final dress rehearsals to students!

Student Night Out begins at 7:00 PM at the Mahalia Jackson Theater, 1419 Basin St, New Orleans, LA 70116.

2023 – 2024 Student Night Out

These open dress rehearsals are free to groups of students and chaperones from schools that secure their tickets by clicking the “See The Opera” ticket below. We encourage at least one adult for every ten students and students under the age of 14 must be accompanied at all times.

September 27, 2023

The Marriage of Figaro is a battle of the sexes cloaked in a comedy of errors! This ‘day in the life’ from 1786 Seville, Spain includes multiple cases of mistaken identity, long-lost relatives, and masked mischief. No one is safe in this tale as it transcends the boundaries of sexism and class!

The Marriage of Figaro includes the concept of droit de seigneur, a supposed feudal right that granted the Count the privilege of sexual relations with his servant on her wedding night, allowing the Lord to claim the bride’s virginity before her husband.

For more information, including casting, click here.

November 8, 2023

Tony Award–winning composer Jeanine Tesori and NAACP Theatre Award–winning librettist Tazewell Thompson’s new opera, Blue, is inspired by contemporary events and Black literature, including Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me and James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time.

Blue contains adult themes, including profanity, the use of the n-word and other hate speech, and an offstage death by gun violence.

For more information, including casting, click here.

March 20, 2024

Lucia di Lammermoor is a tale drawn from an actual incident between two rival Scottish families in political opposition. It’s a story rivaling any told on the landscape of today’s true crime podcast! Donizetti’s score building to the dramatic climax of the ‘mad scene’ has been a breakthrough vehicle for several beloved sopranos including Dame Joan Sutherland.

Lucia di Lammermoor contains mature themes, including mental illness, a forced marriage, an offstage murder, and suicide.

For more information, including casting, click here.

Ticket Distribution

  • Tickets secured at least seven days prior to the performance will be mailed to the contact and address used at the time of reserving seats.
  • Tickets secured a week prior to the performances will be held at Will Call. Please plan on arriving early to pick up your tickets.

Study Guides

Archived Study Guides


Please direct all inquiries to New Orleans Opera’s Director of Community Partnerships & Education, Dr. Tara A. Melvin, (504) 529-2278 ext. 235.

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If you can’t make it to Student Night Out…


New Orleans Opera offers $10.00 Opera tickets for students and they are available at all Mahalia Jackson Theater performances!

Students of all ages are encouraged to take advantage of this very special offer. Full-time college students must present ID with ticket. High School students and younger will not be expected to provide School ID.

Student tickets are available to purchase at the New Orleans Opera Box Office M-F, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM by phone, (504) 529-3000, or anytime online at Use the code STU during checkout.

Student seating is available in all sections at the Mahalia Jackson Theater except for Center Orchestra and Box Seats.

We look forward to seeing you at the Opera!

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