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Thank you all for joining us at Encore! 2017 at the Keeneland Entertainment Center.  With swinging music and beautiful weather,  we enjoyed a evening of great food and wine pairings, fantastic music, friends, exciting auction items and incredible generosity in support of OperaLex and University of Kentucky Opera Theatre students!

We thank our sponsors Bryant’s Rent-All, Keeneland, Liquor Barn, and WKYT  TV, and all those who bought tables, tickets, participated in the silent and live auctions and donated to fund student scholarships.

Special thanks to our sponsors!

Encore Sponsors

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It’s a Grand Night for Singing! 2017

Grand Night 2017

June 9th -18th

UK Opera Theatre will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Grand Night this year. Join us for this popular musical revue, featuring the best from Billboard to Broadway, starring over 100 UK Opera Theatre and community performers.

It’s a Grand Night for Singing! was a concept developed by Dr. Everett McCorvey and his friend and colleague Jim Rodgers as a way of giving talented young performers from the University of Kentucky an opportunity to display their enormous talents and to present some of the great music of Broadway. Little did they know that the show they created would become an annual event that is now celebrating its 25th anniversary!!!


Friday, June 9th   7:30 p.m                Buy tickets
Saturday, June 10th   7:30 p.m.      Buy tickets
unday,  June 11th   2:00 p.m.         Buy tickets
Friday, June 16th   7:30 p.m.            Buy tickets
aturday, June 17th   7:30 p.m.      Buy tickets
unday, June 18th   2:00 p.m.          Buy tickets



Bravo Guild is looking for people interested in holding an office on its Executive Committee next year. We will have  a vacancy in the Volunteer Coordinator position. To discuss the description of this positions or for more information, please call Kris Gilbert (859-321-4703) or email her at kehgilbert@yahoo.com.



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.