UK Opera warns about ‘Les Miz’ ticket scalping

Gregory Turay as Jean Valjean and Jessica Bayne as Fantine at an Oct. 3 rehearsal of UK Opera Theatre's production of 'Les Miserables.' © Herald-Leader photo by Rich Copley.

Gregory Turay as Jean Valjean and Jessica Bayne as Fantine at an Oct. 3 rehearsal of UK Opera Theatre’s production of ‘Les Miserables.’ © Herald-Leader photo by Rich Copley.

The University of Kentucky Opera Theatre has encountered an unwelcomed and unpleasant surprise in the weeks leading up to its production of Les Miserables, which opens Thursday at the Lexington Opera House, 401 West Short Street: online ticket scalping.

Some websites have tickets for the show offered at well-above face value, even more than $500 for box seats to some performances of the show, which runs Oct. 10 to 20. Tickets for the show are $40.50-$76.50, plus fees, which vary by method of purchase. Tickets are still available for all performances.

Ticket scalping is much more common and prevalent with major concerts and athletic events at Rupp Arena than area arts events at the Opera House. But Opera House general manager Luanne Franklin said scalping is title driven, and Les Miz is a hot title, hence the added warning from UK Opera Theatre and the Opera House.

In addition to wildly inflated ticket prices, Opera House directors warn patrons that some resellers sell fake or copied tickets that will not be honored at the door.

To ensure they get real tickets at the right prices, Franklin said patrons should buy tickets in person at the Lexington Center Ticket Office or any Ticketmaster location, call (859) 233-3535 or visit lexingtonoperahouse.com or ticketmaster.com. Online, she advised ticket purchasers to make sure they are on the correct website, as some ticket resellers have websites that mimic the real site and, through paid advertising, will appear in Internet search results before the official website.

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