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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



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UK Opera Theatre is pleased and proud to announce its 2017 Graduate Chamber Opera performances of Signor Deluso/La Divina, a pair of comic one-act operas by Thomas Pasatieri.  UKOT and UK Symphony Orchestra have had a long and fruitful relationship with this celebrated American composer, having premiered two of his operas and one of his symphonies within the last decade.  Now we turn our creative attentions to two short works of his earlier years: Signor Deluso, based on a farce by Molière in which all the characters leap to false conclusions based on circumstantial evidence, and La Divina, about a famous opera diva preparing to give her farewell performance.  With UKOT favorites Michael Preacely and Elizabeth Mayhew in the respective title roles, and supported by other talented graduate students (and even a few undergrads) from our program, this production is helmed by the direction team of Janet Scott (staging) and Tedrin Blair Lindsay (music).  If you enjoyed their chamber opera double bill of Menotti one-acts last year, you won’t want to miss this year’s witty and sophisticated homage to Pasatieri!

When Thursday, April 27th and Saturday April 29th at 7:30 p.m.
Where:  Upstairs Rehearsal Hall, Schmidt Vocal Arts Center (across from Singletary Center on UK’s campus)

For reservations, please call (859) 257-9331 – seating is limited! Suggested donation $10




 Please join us and partner organizations in Lexington on Tuesday, May 9th from 5-8 p.m. at the Downtown Arts Center to honor Pam and Ralph Miller, M.D.

Pam and Ralph have made many significant contributions to Lexington, and we would like to show them our appreciation and celebrate their many accomplishments as they head off to retirement.

For public garage parking map, click here: http://www.lexpark.org/sites/default/files/files/lexpark_brochure_updated.pdf



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.