Sempre Libera

Sempre Libera Program: FREE Admission for Students!


For six seasons, Opera Roanoke has offered FREE tickets to students under its innovative Sempre Libera program, among the first of its kind.

Italian for "always free," Sempre Libera allows students of all ages the opportunity to experience an art form that encompasses everything young people love: high drama, thrilling music, sly humor, and extravagant costumes.

Student Discount

College and University Students - are entitled to a half price discount on all JEFFERSON CENTER PRESENTS shows. To determine which shows are JEFFERSON CENTER PRESENTS SHOWS, you may visit and click the calendar button on the menu and select this option.  College and university level students must present a valid student ID from your institution.  LIMIT IS ONE TICKET PER ID.  A student may not use their ID to get the discount on multiple tickets.  LIMIT ONE TICKET PER ID.  Students must present their ID's at the time of purchase to get the discount.  If you attend school outside of the Roanoke Valley and are purchasing tickets over the phone, you may scan your ID and email it to, or photocopy your ID and fax it to 540-343-3744.  Upon receipt of your ID scan/fax, box office staff will return your call and sell you a ticket.  This policy covers Opera Roanoke sales as well.
Student tickets are not available online.

High School Students - Often times, high school students do not have ID's.  Parents/School Chaperones may buy more than one ticket at the discount for a group of high school students.  JCF trusts the validity of this transaction. For Opera Roanoke student sales, free tickets are offered to students in the Orchestra Super Saver seating sections.  The above mentioned policies for obtaining tickets apply for Opera Roanoke free ticket distribution.  Free tickets are not available online.

JEFFERSON CENTER DOES NOT RESERVE SEATS TO BE PURCHASED AT A LATER DATE.  Please be prepared to obtain your tickets at time of purchase.

A limited number of student tickets are available per performance, so order yours today! Call the Jefferson Center at (540) 345-2550 or click here for more information.



Open Dress Rehearsals

Opera Roanoke is excited to announce beginning this season, dress rehearsals will be open to school groups. For more information, please contact us at or call 540-224-1259.




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