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METROPOLITAN OPERA NATIONAL COUNCIL KENTUCKY DISTRICT AUDITIONS 2016

AND THE WINNERS ARE…
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Congratulations to tenor Thabang Masango from the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre, and to mezzo-soprano Courtney Jameson and baritone Jianan Huang, both from Indiana University. They will advance to the Central Regional Auditions in Chicago next Sunday, November 20th, at 2 p.m. Congratulations and good luck in Chicago!
Recently, Thabang Masango performed in UK Opera Theatre’s productions of Così fan tutte  as Ferrando and in several roles in Ragtime. To quote Roger Leasor, President of the Board of Directors of OperaLex, “The only University in the world that matters had another big win [on Saturday]. Thabang Masango, a gracious and fiercely talented young tenor from the opera program, won his way through the district auditions of the Metropolitan Opera. Next week, Thabang will participate in the regional auditions in Chicago for the chance to move on to the Metropolitan Opera stage itself for the finals. It could not happen to a finer young man. Thabang is the real deal…and he is ours.”

The winners of the Encouragement Awards are Taylor Comstock from the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre (Gail Robinson Encouragement Award), and Jeremiah Marcele Sanders from Butler University.  Congratulations! They will not advance to the next round of competition.

BRING THE VOICES OF UK OPERA THEATRE TO YOUR HOLIDAY CELEBRATION!
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 Available for private parties, corporate visits, community events, and much more! For rates and scheduling, contact Matt Pearce at Mpearcevocal@gmail.com or call 859-609-0029.

ALLTECH HOLIDAY CELEBRATION OF SONG

Conducted by Dr. Everett McCorvey, and featuring award-winning vocalists from UK Opera Theatre and the Alltech Opera Scholarship Competition.

Join us for this community sing-along of holiday favorites!

Date:  Sunday, December 11th, 2016
Times: 3 p.m and 5:30 p.m.
Venue:  The Square, West Main and North Broadway, Lexington

Free and open to the public

 

NEXT UP IN THE 2016 -2017 UK OPERA THEATRE SEASON!

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All performances will be held in the Singletary Center Concert Hall.  Tickets 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 with the links below.

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.”

Friday, February 24, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.        Buy tickets

Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.   Buy tickets

Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.    Buy tickets

Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.         Buy tickets

 


Coming in June, 2017

 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.

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!

 

 ALLTECH VOCAL SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION

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.