The Seattle Opera is expanding access to its rush program, making discounted day-of-show tickets available to civil servants, primary- and secondary-school educators, arts industry professionals and nonprofit employees, as well as low-income patrons.

The change for the 2019-20 season is meant to create more equity for opera fans.

“With our expanded rush program launching this season, we want to offer more opportunity to people from all walks of life to join us at McCaw Hall,” said Seattle Opera marketing and communications director Kristina Murti in a news release. “We are honored to offer rush tickets to individuals in our community such as civil servants supporting the Pacific Northwest.”

Rush tickets are available from the time the ticket office opens to one hour before a performance, and are limited to two per customer.

Rush ticket availability will be posted two days prior to a performance at

Documentation that can be provided at the box office to qualify includes an ORCA LIFT, Apple Health or EBT card, recent pay stub, employment security stub, business or union card, and student ID.

Seattle Opera will continue offering student and senior rush tickets at $25 and $45, respectively. The company also offers $5 day-of-show tickets (cash only) to youth 13-19 through TeenTix.