The University of Kentucky Opera Theatre is proud to
announce the return of IT’S A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING!
June 17-20, 2021 at the Lexington Opera House.

We’re back! After more than a year without live performances, Executive Producer Dr. Everett McCorvey and the team at the UK Opera Theatre are back in front of an audience with the 29th version of Lexington’s favorite summertime spectacular,

This year’s production will be 90 minutes with no intermission and feature a smaller cast and orchestra than audiences may be used to. 
“As we work to find our way back to live performances with an audience, the performance will feature a few group numbers, but mainly smaller ensembles, solos, and duets. Cast members will be wearing tuxedos and gowns, throwing it back to when “Grand Night” all started in 1991 – this will truly be a “town and gown” affair but rest assured, there will be dancing! We are fortunate to have as our guest choreographer, Lexington’s own, Patrick Garr who is currently in the touring Cast of HAMILTON” says Dr. McCorvey.
Ticketing information:
General public ticket sales begin FRIDAY MAY 28th.
Tickets range $30-$49. Additional fees may apply.

Tickets will be available online through and through the Central Bank Center Ticket Office.

The Central Bank Center Ticket Office is located on High Street at the entrance to Rupp Arena, across from Gate 2 Parking Entrance.

Office Hours are Mon – Fri 12 pm – 6 pm. Phone 859-233-3535.
Thursday, June 17, 7:30 pm *SOLD OUT*
Friday, June 18, 7:30 pm
Saturday, June 19, 2 pm and 7:30 pm
Sunday, June 20, 2 pm and 7:30 pm

Join us for an elegant evening of song and dance!

Lexington Opera House
401 W Short Street
Lexington, KY 40507

*Per current Kentucky COVID-19 guidelines, mask use is not required for vaccinated patrons.



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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 (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.