OperaLex Encore 2019


Join us for a festive evening of wine, food and song at Encore 2019! Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and silent auction followed by a fabulous four-course tasting dinner with specially paired wines. Be entertained by the stars of University of Kentucky Opera Theatre.

An incredible live auction and surprise special guests will make this a night to remember. All proceeds benefit OperaLex and the programs of UK Opera Theatre.

Click here for event details and to purchase tickets. 


2018 – 2019 SEASON


Silent Night  (Pulitzer Prize Winner 2012) 

The story of the remarkable Christmas truce of 1914

Presented in English, French and German with projected English text

November 9 @ 7:30 p.m.

November 10 @ 7:30 p.m.

November 11 @ 2:00 p.m.

For more information about this award-winning opera, click here.

Madama Butterfly  Giacomo Puccini (Sung in Italian with projected English text)

The story of a young Japanese bride of a dashing American officer who finds her romantic idyll shattered when he deserts her shortly after their marriage. She lives in hope that one day he will return.

March 1 @ 7:30 p.m.

March 2 @ 7:30 p.m.

March 3 @ 2:00 p.m.

 It’s a Grand Night for Singing! 2019

An evening filled with music from Broadway to Billboard!

June 7 @ 7:30 p.m.

June 8 @ 7:30 p.m.

June 9 @ 2:00 p.m.

June 14 @ 7:30 p.m.

June 15 @ 7:30 p.m.

June 16 @ 2:00 p.m.

Season tickets are offered only from the best seats in the hall. Season ticket holders can purchase up to 5 additional tickets for a show at the regular price. Individual tickets go on sale to the public on the first day of classes, August 22nd.

To purchase your season tickets, call the Singletary Center Box Office at 859.257.4929 or click here.


Rows A – N $65 plus fee
Rows O – R $55 plus fee
Rows S – Y $45 plus fee

The Season Ticket Package includes 1 seat to each production at a $20 discount from purchasing the productions separately.   Tickets are available at the box office in person or call 859-257-4929 or click here.





UK Vocal Competition for Young Singers
October 6th at 10 a.m.
Schmidt Vocal Arts Center, corner of Rose Street and Rose Lane on the UK campus
Free and open to the public


Opera:  Silent Night (2012 Pulitzer Prize winner)
Nov. 9th, 10th at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 11th at 2 p.m.
Singletary Center for the Arts
Ticketed Event

Metropolitan Opera National Council Kentucky District Auditions
November 17th, time to be announced
Singletary Center for the Arts
Free and open to the public


Alltech Celebration of Song
December 9th at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
The Square, downtown Lexington
Free and open to the public

MARCH 2019

Madama Butterfly
March 1st, 2nd at 7:30 p.m., March 3rd at 2 p.m.
Singletary Center for the Arts
Ticketed Event

JUNE 2019

It’s a Grand Night for Singing! 2019
June 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th at 7:30 p.m.
June 9th, 16th at 2 p.m.
Ticketed Event








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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.