6:00 pm   Wine & bite tastings, silent auction, fun &  games with special entertainment in the Keene Barn

7:30 pm   Dinner with wine pairings, live auction, and Broadway-style entertainment
Special guest emcee former Miss Kentucky Jenna Day &  other surprise guests

$150 per person  or $95 per person under 40

Your tickets include wine tastings & hors d’oeuvres & a four-course dinner with specially paired wines. A full cash bar will also be available.

ATTIRE   Cocktail Attire or fun and festive

Complimentary valet parking

Tickets are on sale now at https://one.bidpal.net/2018encore

Special thanks to our wonderful corporate sponsors!




 February 24     In Depth with Show Boat

March  24         The Operas and Vocal Music of     Leonard Bernstein

March  31           The Musicals and Jazz Music of Leonard Bernstein

 April 14       The Vocal Music of Johann Sebastian Bach

April 21               The Vocal Music of Gustav Mahler

In the five class sessions scattered throughout the spring, we will explore various musical topics touching on but going far beyond opera.  First, in conjunction with UK Opera Theatre’s production of Kern and Hammerstein’s Show Boat!, we will explore the music, dramaturgy, and production history of this seminal work of the American musical theatre.  Then, for two Saturdays in March, we will delve into the vocal music of a towering figure in American music of the 20th Century, Leonard Bernstein, whose centennial year this is.  He served two muses, one high-brow and the other more populist, and this dichotomy is nowhere clearer than in his musical works for the operatic and Broadway stages.  Finally, in April, we will highlight two of Western civilization’s most revered composers, Bach and Mahler, neither of whom ever composed an actual opera despite the large volume and dramatic quality of their vocal music.  This is a great opportunity to expand your knowledge of some music and composers tangential to opera, but central to art music of our culture.

Please join us from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon in the Gail Robinson Music Library at the Schmidt Vocal Arts Center on UK’s campus at the corner of Rose Street and Rose Lane.  Parking is available directly behind the building.  Each class session is $20 for adults, $5 for students. Proceeds benefit OperaLex.



A spectacular evening of music from Broadway to Billboard!

June 8th, 9th, 15th, and 16th at 7:30 p.m.
June 10th and 17th at 2 p.m.

 To buy your tickets, call the Singletary Center for the Arts Box Office at 859-257-4929 or click on the links below.

Tickets are $45 for adults, $40 for seniors, $13 for students, groups of  25 or more, $38.

Friday, June 8, 2018   7:30 p.m.      Buy now
Saturday, June 9, 2018  7:30 p.m.   Buy now
Sunday, June 10, 2018  2:00 p.m.    Buy now
Friday, June 15, 2018   7:30 p.m.      Buy now
Saturday, June 16, 2018  7:30 p.m.  Buy now
Sunday, June 17, 2018  2:00 p.m.     Buy now

All performances will take place at the Singletary Center for the Arts.


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Who We Are…

OperaLex, formerly the Lexington Opera Society, is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting opera in the Bluegrass.

Why We Exist…

  • Advocacy:  We want to preserve and promote one of the oldest traditions in America – storytelling.  For us, opera is the art of storytelling with fine singing, music and theater.
  • Aspirations: We love helping young people achieve their dreams.  OperaLex and UK Opera Theatre have been proud ‘Town and Gown’ partners for over  17  years.  We support UK Opera Theatre’s students by raising money for scholarships as well as funding for their world-class productions and by volunteering to provide dress rehearsal cast dinners and other activities that support UK Opera Theatre.
  • Outreach and Education: We support UK Opera Theatre’s students as they travel our state to perform in over 37 counties, inspiring over 37,000 school children with their musical storytelling.

What We Do…

OperaLex supports the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre with a yearly financial contribution, which is used by UK Opera Theatre to help defray the costs of production – scenery, costumes, and lighting;,to engage professional directors with experience in opera and musical theater to work with its talented students, giving the students the experience of working within the profession, and to provide support to UKOT students during their studies.

OperaLex hosts Encore!   This annual fund-raising event is one of  Lexington’s most entertaining evenings.

OperaLex supports the Schmidt Opera Outreach Program (SOOP), a program featuring performances by young professionals who visit schools across the Commonwealth.

OperaLex hosts the popular Metropolitan Opera Kentucky District National Council  Auditions each Fall.  These regional events attract the most talented young singers who compete for a place with the stars of the opera world.

OperaLex publishes a newsletter three times each year. The newsletter highlights upcoming events and provides some “behind the scenes” articles related to the UK Opera Theatre and opera in the Bluegrass.

OperaLex sponsors the Opera 101 Lecture Series taught by Dr. Tedrin Blair Lindsay  for two hours on Saturday mornings during the school year.

How We Do It…

OperaLex hosts the annual fund-raising event, Encore! Featuring a multi-course dinner with wine pairings, silent and live auctions, and musical entertainment by performers from UK Opera Theatre, the event is a special night for those for whom opera is a passion as well as those who enjoy a very special evening of excellent food, wine, entertainment and an opportunity to support an educational and community treasure!

OperaLex and the UK Opera Theatre support its mission through donations from corporate and in-kind sponsors.

OperaLex supports its mission through its Annual Appeal and by hundreds of individual donations through Bravo Guild. The hundreds of donations made by individuals — by you — assist OperaLex in meeting its goal of promoting the art of musical storytelling.