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PRESENTING THE WINNERS OF THE METROPOLITAN OPERA 2017 – 2018 KENTUCKY DISTRICT NATIONAL COUNCIL AUDITIONS!

Congratulations to (from left to right) Lisa Rogali, Rebecca Farley, Taylor Comstock, and Megan Moore!

Two of the winners, soprano Rebecca Farley and tenor Taylor Comstock, are from the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre program. Rebecca received her bachelor’s degree from UK,  where she was an Alltech Scholar, and studied at the Julliard School, where she was the  recipient of the Kovner Fellowship. Taylor sang the lead role of Alfredo in the UK Opera Theatre’s production of La Traviata in October.

Lisa Rogali, who is currently pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Cincinnati College  – Conservatory of Music, was recently a finalist in the 2017 Lotte Lenya Competition.  Megan Moore, who  studied at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, was an Eastman School of Music Concerto Competition winner.

All four of these very talented artists advance to the Central Region Finals auditions to be held on January 21st in Evanston, IL, where they will compete with winners from the Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio districts for the chance to compete in the Semifinals and Grand Finals at the Metropolitan Opera House in April. Good luck to you all!

ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD WINNERS AND JUDGES

Audition judges and Encouragement Award winners (from left to right) Melissa Wegner, Associate Director of the Metropolitan Opera National Council; Mary Catherine Wright, recipient of the Gail Robinson Encouragement Award; Margaret Smith, recipient of an Encouragement Award; Johanna Meier, international soprano diva; and Ian Ferrer, Director of Kentucky Opera.

Thanks to the artists who participated, including accompanist Nan McSwain and Dr. Tedrin Blair Lindsay, who presented a program during the judges’ deliberations;  the judges; and the organizers and volunteers who made this a wonderful afternoon of beautiful music and excitement.

 

 

OPERA 101
OperaLex Lecture Series by Dr. Tedrin Blair Lindsay

 The final lecture in the Fall 2017 Opera 101 series will focus on swans! Specifically, Tedrin will talk about a second musical work with a swan theme that marked the apex of Romanticism, Tchaikovsky’s ballet Swan Lake, on Saturday, November 18th. Tedrin personally considers this ballet to be the greatest musical stage work of all time. The class 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.

 

 

 UK OPERA THEATRE’S  2017 – 2018 SEASON 

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.

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, March 2, 2018   7:30 p.m.          Buy now
Saturday, March 3, 2018   2:00 p.m.    Buy now
Saturday, March 3, 2018  7:30 p.m.     Buy now
Sunday, March 4, 2018  2 p.m.               Buy now
Sunday, March 4, 2018  7:30 p.m.        Buy now

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 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.
Valet parking will be available at the door.


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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.