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All performances in the season package (available through October 8th) will be held in the Singletary Center Concert Hall. Season packages cost $115 ($25 savings) and are available at the Singletary Center for the Arts Box Office, 405 Rose Street, 40508 (Monday-Friday, 10 am – 5 p.m.), by phone (859-257-4929), or online HERE. Each package contains one ticket to each of the following productions:

Ragtime (October 6th-8th)
This sweeping musical portrait of early 20th century America tells the story of three families in the pursuit of the American Dream. Written by the award-winning composer/lyricist team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (Once On This Island, Seussical and Lucky Stiff), noted playwright Terrence McNally, and based on E.L. Doctorow’s distinguished novel, Ragtime is the winner of the 1998 Tony Awards for Best Score, Book and Orchestration, and both the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical and Best Score. Called by Time Magazine “a triumph for the stage,” and by the International Herald Tribune “the best musical in twenty years,” this acclaimed musical is filled with pageantry, emotion, and hope, bursting onto the stage like no other musical.

Barber of Seville (February 24th-26th)
“Rossini’s perfectly honed treasure survived a famously disastrous opening night (caused by factions and local politics more than any reaction to the work itself) to become what may be the world’s most popular comic opera. Several of its most recognizable melodies have entered the general musical unconscious, most notably the introductory patter song of the swaggering Figaro, the barber of the title. The opera offers superb opportunities for all the vocalists, exciting ensemble composition, and a natural flair for breezy comedy that has scarcely been equaled since.”

It’s a Grand Night for Singing! 2017 (June 9th-18th)
UK Opera Theatre will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Grand Night in 2017. Join us for this popular musical revue, featuring the best from Billboard to Broadway, starring over 100 UK Opera Theatre and community performers.
Tickets for individual performances will be available beginning August 24, 2016.



SUPPORT SOOP (Schmidt Opera Outreach Program)
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The dramatic musical portrayal that brings history to life, The Freedom Trail chronicles the African-American struggle for freedom. This compelling journey through American history interweaves songs and spoken dialogue to depict the obstacles and triumphs in the ongoing quest for freedom and equality.
This production addressed the Kentucky Department of Education Academic Standards in Arts and Humanities.
 Learn more about SOOP, an amazing program that introduces students in grades K – 5 to the magical world of storytelling through opera and provides instructional guides to teachers and students to help them get the most from each performance. More information is available on the websites of OperaLex and the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre.  To book or sponsor a performance, contact UKSOOP@gmail.com or call Kathrin Thawley at 859-402-6946.

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Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 10 a.m.
Schmidt Vocal Arts Center, 412 Rose Street, Lexington

Click here for further information and a link to registration.

Online applications must be received no later than Friday, September 23, 2016. Please remit $30 application fee made payable to: UK Opera Theatre. All participants and teachers will be notified via email of their acceptance no later than one week after the receipt of their application and fee.



The Metropolitan Opera National Council Kentucky District will be part of the Central Region beginning with the 2016-2017 season.

The Kentucky District Auditions, hosted by OperaLex, will be held on November 12, 2016 (time to be determined) at First Presbyterian Church, 171 Market Street, Lexington.  A master class will be held the following day, November 13, 2016 at 2:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church. Nan McSwain will be the official pianist for the auditions and the master class.

More details are available at the Kentucky Metropolitan Opera Auditions website.

December 11, 2016
Time and Location to be determined



March 5, 2017, 2 p.m., Singletary Center for the Arts, 405 Rose Street, Lexington

Top vocal students from around the world flock to the Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition to compete for a $500,000 pool of prizes. Launched in 2006, the annual competition at the University of Kentucky marks a continued partnership between Alltech and the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre department. This partnership has created the largest vocal competition in Kentucky and positioned UK Opera Theatre as a Richard Tucker Foundation top recommended opera program. Alltech’s support of this competition also led to Alltech being named a top ten company in the United States supporting the arts by the Americans for the Arts in 2012.

Alltech Vocal Scholars have contributed to Alltech’s philanthropic efforts in Haiti by teaching music to the Haitian primary school children. They have also performed at numerous Alltech events including the Alltech FEI World Equestrian GamesTM, Symposium, Ambassador dinners around the world, the annual Celebration of Song and the Gathering Ireland 2013.


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.