DISCOVER!OPERA is a new program to introduce area high school and college students to opera by providing free tickets to select performances as part of Opera Saratoga's annual Summer Festival, as well as access to related programs. This summer, Opera Saratoga will provide free tickets to students for two performances through the DISCOVER!OPERA program. After each performance, students are invited to meet the cast at a post-performance reception. All performances are at The Spa Little Theater, in Spa State Park.

HOW IT WORKS: In order to obtain DISCOVER!OPERA tickets, students must sign up online, at least 48 hours in advance of each performance. There are limited free tickets available for each performance. Advance registations are required and tickets will be provided on a first come first served basis until the student allotment for each performance is no longer available. One ticket is available per student, and a valid student ID will be required to pick up DISCOVER!OPERA tickets at the box office. In addition to free student tickets, a special 30% discount code is available for parents who wish to share the Opera Saratoga experience with their children. 

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College Students may sign up for free tickets to opening night of Opera Saratoga’s double-bill on Saturday, June 30th, featuring the world premiere of Vinkensport, or The Finch Opera, and the American Premiere of Rocking Horse Winner. In Vinkensport, we enter the world of finch-sitting, where the cheating scandals are as rampant as the rivalries between contestants in a battle to see who has the most melodious bird in this cheeky and chirpy bittersweet comedy. After intermission, the world of thoroughbred racing takes the stage in Rocking Horse Winner, a modern adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s short story in which ayoung manbecomes dangerously obsessed with solving the bad luck of his family. His pursuit awakens a strange magic that enables him to predict which horses will win at the track. Prior to the performance, composers David T. Little and Gareth Williams, and librettists Royce Vavrek and Anna Chatterton, will participate in a Q&A, providing college students with the opportunity to meet four of the most exciting writers working in opera today. The registration deadline for College Students for free tickets to the June 30th Double Bill is June 28th. 

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High School Students may sign up for free tickets to the opening night of Opera Saratoga’s new production of The Consul, on Saturday July 7th. This riveting political thriller delivers a punch as powerful and timely as its subject matter - the struggle for freedom against oppression, and the maddening nature of unrelenting bureaucracy. Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Critic’s Circle Award when it first premiered on Broadway in 1950, The Consul’s suspenseful and timely story surprises with several magical touches and is buoyed by a richly melodic score in which love, hope, and redemption all play their part.  As the national conversation has recently become increasingly focused on the plight of immigration and refugees, the contemporary relevance of The Consul is easy to see. The registration deadline for High School Students for free tickets to the July 7th performance of The Consul is July 5th.