Want to support our great singers?
Our “2020 Bourbon Raffle” is OPEN!

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Starting October 1st, purchase your raffle tickets for a chance to win this rare collection of Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve Bourbon! Raffle ends October 30th. All proceeds benefit OperaLex. 
Must be 21 years of age or older to enter. Winner must make arrangements to pick-up in person with valid ID at a predetermined location in Lexington, KY. 
Items CANNOT be shipped. 
Drawing will take place on or before October 30, 2020. 
Kentucky Department of Charitable Gaming Exemption No.: EXE0002588
L.U.C.G. ABC License Number #2987, exp. 10/30/2020

Missed Virtual Encore in 2020 but want to catch up on all the entertainment?

Click HERE to watch Night One
Click HERE to watch Night Two 
Click HERE to watch Night Three   


OperaLex’s annual fundraiser, Encore, is always a highlight of the year! We gather together to celebrate, to enjoy music, to bid on some wonderful auction items, and to reflect on the impact that OperaLex’s people and its funds have on the Lexington artistic community, particularly on the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre department. We were not able to gather in May at Keeneland as usual, but that didn’t stop us from being together for this special event! On July 23rd, 24th, 25th we presented three nights of Virtual Encore. THREE nights of spectacular music, interviews with OperaLex scholarship recipients and honored guests!


See and hear from your Encore favorites including Jenna Day, Everett McCorvey, and Sandy Archer, as well as 30+ performances from UK Opera Theatre students, faculty and alumni, coming to your living room from all over the world. All three nights are still available for viewing on OperaLex’s YouTube page.



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.