OperaLex Lecture Series by Dr. Tedrin Blair Lindsay

The first lecture of the Fall 2017 Opera 101 series, “In Depth with Verdi’s La Traviata” on Saturday, September 30th, will explore the opera with Tedrin’s unique insights and wonderfully entertaining presentation style.  All classes will meet from 10:00 a.m. until noon in the Gail Robinson Music Library of the Schmidt Vocal Arts Center on UK’s campus at the corner of Rose Street and Rose Lane. Free parking is available behind the building. Each class session costs $25, payable by check at the door, and benefits OperaLex, a community support arm of the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre.

For more details and the complete schedule of lectures, click here to go to the Opera 101 web page.



La Traviata

Verdi’s opera of The Fallen Woman, a story of love, passion, and tragedy

 October 6th, 7th, and 8th at 7:30 p.m.
October 8th at 2 p.m.

Show Boat

The show that changed musical theatre forever, with favorites “Ol’ Man River” and “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man”

March 2nd and 3rd at 7:30 p.m.
March 3rd and 4th at 2 p.m.

It’s a Grand Night for Singing! 2018

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 purchase your tickets, call
859-257-4929 or click here to build your season ticket package online.

All performances will take place at the Singletary Center for the Arts.
Valet Parking Available at the Door



Tickets are now on sale for Bounce the Basketball Opera!

3 performances only!

 November 10th and 11th at 7:30 p.m. 

 November 12th at 2 p.m. 

 Calvary Baptist Church

150 East High Street, Lexington

Tickets are $18, $9 for students through the links below.

Friday, November 10, 2017         7:30 p.m.     Buy now

Saturday, November 11, 2017   7:30 p.m.    Buy now

Sunday, November 12, 2017        2:00 p.m.     Buy now

 Seating is limited.


In 2016, UK Opera Theatre’s outreach program received a grant from the Equitable Resources Foundation that enabled SOOP to bring a first-rate operatic production to as many Kentucky school children as possible, to expose young audiences to a new art form, and to extend the reach of UK Opera Theatre in the Commonwealth. Forty shows have been booked so far for the Fall 2017 Tour!
Book a SOOP performance today for your school/organization! Our goal is to bring SOOP to all 120 counties in Kentucky! Do you know of  a school that would like to book a show?  Email UKSOOP@gmail.com.


For more information on OperaLex and the programs it supports, follow us: operalex.org | Facebook: operalex859 |Twitter: @operalex859


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.