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Affordable Opera, Just Next Door

Cristina Romano

The 2010-11 Met Opera season began when the curtains opened for last night’s performance of Richard Wagner’s Das Rheingold. With spectacular performances of operas such as Puccini’s La Bohème, Bizet’s Carmen and Verdi’s Rigoletto, we are lucky to be located a few blocks away from the center of it all, as students of Fordham College at Lincoln Center. But with a limited budget as students, how are we to enjoy a performance without burning a hole in our wallets? Weekend rush tickets, of course!

The “Agnes Varis and Karl Leichtman Rush Tickets” program at the Met Opera allows patrons to enter their names in a $25 weekend rush ticket drawing process. This program is not only for students, but for everyone who is interested in attending the Opera last minute for a lower ticket price. By heading over to the Met Opera Web site, you can select one of two shows being performed the following weekend and be entered in a drawing for the opportunity to purchase the tickets at a lower cost. The drawing is held on Tuesdays and winners’ names (as well as people who have been placed on the waiting list) will be posted online. If you win, tickets must be picked up at the box office by Wednesday at 5 p.m. or by calling 212-362-3000.

However, if you don’t win the drawing, don’t worry – most performances are broadcasted live through the Met Opera website and on the Met Opera station on SIRIUS XM Satellite radio. Even though you can’t see the elaborate costumes, you can listen to the show from the comfort of your couch – it is almost like being there in person.

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