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 (click here to visit UKOT) 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.