Opera Australia is on a mission to make opera more accessible. It’s offering hundreds of $35 tickets to under-35s for Edward Dick’s upcoming production of Puccini’s Tosca, a classic thriller centred around Napoleon’s invasion of Italy.

The production will be staged at Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne – the first opera to ever be performed at the venue – from May 24 and at Sydney Opera House from June 25. Under-35s tickets for the Opera House have all been snapped up, but there are plenty of tickets left for the Melbourne performance, in A, B, C, D and E Reserve sections. Last year, Opera Australia found that almost 60 per cent of its audiences were first-timers to the opera.

Even if you don’t get your hands on the ultra-cheap tickets, Opera Australia is offering 15 per cent off most opera tickets to those under 35, just by registering online. (You can even bring a friend.) And there’ll likely be more $35 tickets for upcoming productions – this year, Opera Australia is putting on Il Trittico, Hamlet and more – plus exclusive meet-and-greets with opera artists and like-minded opera-lovers.

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“This initiative will help to reduce the barrier of cost, which we know is a big issue in this current cost-of-living crisis,” said Jo Davies, Opera Australia’s artistic director, in a statement. “It’s especially important in challenging financial times like these that we don't give up on the arts. So, for those curious to experience opera, possibly for the first time, this program should provide a much more accessible pathway to the art form.”

To access $35 Opera Australia and discounts on opera tickets, register online here. Proof-of-age is required at venues.