Youngsters to opera or ballet

Have you, as a younger person, become acquainted with opera or ballet? Would you like to know what you can experience during a performance? And did you know that we have reduced prices for young people under 30 and for students?

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Our discounts

Last-minute: €10 for -26

Anyone under 26 can go to the opera or ballet for the price of a cinema ticket. Come to the box office half an hour before the performance and we will give you the chance to buy the last free seats at €10 each.

50% discount for -30 (European Youth Card)

For those who want more security: with your EYCA app or card you get an instant 50% discount on every order. Please note: you will only receive your tickets upon presentation of your card. We therefore ask you to order by phone or on the spot.

Up to 70% discount on season tickets

For the real enthusiast: young people can also benefit from discounts of up to 30% (30 years and younger) or even 70% (26 and younger) on a season ticket. A season ticket is available from as little as 3 performances.

Read more about our season tickets

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Is opera or ballet something for you?

If you haven't yet become acquainted with opera or ballet, you may not know exactly what to expect. That's only logical, because a performance at Opera Ballet Flanders is always surprising! Our programme includes classics, new creations and work by established artists as well as young and up-and-coming talent. Take a look at the programme overview and choose from a wide range of performances.

Discover the full programme

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Prior knowledge?

You do not need any previous knowledge to enjoy opera or ballet. But it does help if you have read or watched something about the story or know some background of the performance.

For each show, we provide articles, video and photo material in the weeks leading up to the performance. This will give you an idea of what you will see and experience. You can find this content on our social media, on this website and in our newsletters.

Do you want to dive deeper? Then come extra early for the free introduction. There you will learn more about the context of the performance, what to look out for and what message the artists want to bring with the performance.

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May we suggest?

Bit overwhelmed by our full programme? For young people who want to experience opera or ballet for the first time, we have the following suggestions.

Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny

The jazzy opera tells the story of criminals who set up a trap town. Pleasure is the only law, as long as you pay for it. What seems like paradise soon turns into hell. Ivo van Hove directs.

Le nozze di Figaro

Who would have thought that the marriage of Susanna and Figaro would degenerate into a crazy day full of temptation, intrigue, unexpected twists and playful misunderstandings? A tragicomic opera as only Mozart can write.


In a dilapidated laboratory on the North Pole, people are investigating how mankind can continue to exist. Star choreographer Akram Kahn returns with a spectacular ballet about desolation and isolation, and the longing for connection.

Mozart/ Concert Arias

Mozart knows better than anyone how to sing about love, De Keersmaeker in turn knows how to dance it. In 1992 she made a choreography to Mozart's concert arias, which our Ballet is now allowed to perform.


Philip Glass's opera sketches a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi, the inspirer of peaceful protest. Opera is combined with dance by choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui in an intriguing performance about 'the power of truth'.

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Vonk is a multi-voiced platform for artistic experimentation, making room for intensive interaction with the cities in which we operate, and more broadly with the world around us.

A Bigger Thing

Argentine tango's fill the Ghent opera hall, which has been transformed into a spectacular ballroom for the occasion. A diverse group of Ghent people use the floor as a meeting place where the power of dancing is celebrated.


Opera and dance, classical and pop. This family performance is about dealing with loss: of your youth, your favourite toy, your job or a loved one. That everyone does this in their own way is the beautiful message Rizoom! propagates.

Vake poes

A twelve-year-old girl dives into the hidden past of her grandfather and relives his traumatic youth. Director Lisaboa Houbrechts creates music theatre about the childhood of several generations, using Bach's St John Passion as a guideline.


Thea Beckman's children's classic Crusade in Jeans was and is a must-read for young people. The book now lives on as musical theatre, with more than fifty children on stage and music by Compact Disk Dummies.

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