Being one of the most prestigious opera companies in the world, the Metropolitan Opera has been entertaining audiences for over 140 years. Closely followed by millions of people around the globe, the company is known for not only promoting legendary artists but also up-and-coming ones who have just kicked off their careers.

The founding date for the Met Opera goes way back in 1880 when a group of New Yorkers decided to create a world-class opera company for the people living in the United States. The company hosted its performance in 1883, and it turned out to be a major success. However, in 1893, the company moved its operations to the Lincoln Center, and since then it has been widely touted for its state-of-the-art acoustics and beautiful design.

As of the present day, the Met Opera’s performances are broadcast throughout the world, across different movie theatres and venues, and watched by millions in more than 200 countries. In addition to that, it is also a stellar cultural institution in New York City, where people are destined to be entertained, inspired, and educated.

If you are a student who has a passion for art and culture, then paying a visit to the Metropolitan Opera is a must. If you are looking to save on ticket prices for shows or performances, then exploring the student discount programme can be a great way to achieve that. To learn more, continue reading our comprehensive guide.

How Students Can Save on Tickets At Met Opera?

The Met Opera Students Programme is currently available to all full-time undergraduate and graduate students, and eligible students will be able to purchase tickets at a discounted rate. Tickets can either be bought online, by phone, or directly through the box office (beginning at 10 AM on the day of the performance). However, to do that, the student must first be registered in the programme. Once the induction is complete, tickets can be purchased at special student rates of $30 in the Orchestra and $12 in the Family Circle.

Registration for the student discount programme can be completed online, for which the respective student must submit a valid, full-time student ID. Additionally, students may also be requested to present proof of full-time enrollment in a degree programme, such as an official university letter or a transcript. Once registered, a confirmation email will be sent to the registered email ID within two business days. With the fine printout of the way, let us go over the steps that you need to fulfil to not only register for the programme but also purchase your ticket(s).

Steps to Register for the Programme
  1. Start the registration process by heading over to the official website here.
  2. On the landing page, click on “Register”.
  3. A new web page will open where you will have to enter your name, gender, date of birth, race, email address, residential address, and phone number. Once done, click on “Create An Account”.
  4. Finally, your account will be created, and you will become eligible to purchase discounted tickets under the Met Opera Students Programme.
Purchasing Tickets Online

  1. Begin your journey by first logging into your account here.
  2. After signing in, the first step involves choosing the show or performance for which you want to book your tickets. You can consult the Met Opera Calendar for schedules.
  3. Once you have chosen your preferred show or performance, proceed to select the student discount and upload a valid proof of ID for verification purposes.
  4. Lastly, pay for your discounted tickets online and proceed to print them so that you can avoid the pre-performance box office rush. However, if you decide to obtain your online-booked tickets at the box office, then you have to present your student ID at the time of ticket collection.

Please note that in addition to purchasing your student discounted tickets online, you can also purchase them over the phone at 212-363-6000 or by simply presenting your student ID at the box office.

Other Ways to Save at Met Opera

The Metropolitan Opera offers a myriad of ways to save on ticket prices, apart from the above-mentioned student discount programme. For starters, you can purchase Rush tickets for the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra on the day of the performance for just $35 (online only). And then you have group benefits, as the Met Opera offers you discounts and benefits when you purchase ten tickets or more for your friends, family members, and loved ones.

For people who are aged 40 years and under, they can obtain an exclusive offer where all Friday performances at the Met Opera will be available at a special discount. In addition to that, standing-room tickets also go on sale on the day of the performance and will be available for purchase in the Orchestra and Family Circle.

Finally, the Met offers ways to customise your season tickets. With the season tickets, you will be able to curate the shows or performances you want to watch throughout the year, allowing you to save five to ten per cent, depending on the number of shows you select. On the other hand, with the Flex Subscription, you can save up to 15 per cent off the cost of single tickets while also having the ability to exchange any performance in your subscription for no additional cost.

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Last Update: September 28, 2023