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.

The Barber of Seville (February 24th-26th)

Rossini’s Barber of Seville is the world’s most popular comic opera! This wacky tale includes mistaken identities, baffling disguises and a feeling that all’s fair in love and war- especially LOVE.  Several famous melodies are familiar to everyone, most notably the introductory patter song of the swaggering Figaro, the barber of the title.  Join UK Opera for this fiery romance sung in Italian with English supertitles!

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



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.


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

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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.



Sunday, April 2, 2017, 2 p.m., Singletary Center for the Arts, 405 Rose Street, Lexington

2016 thy will be done oratorio

UK Opera Theatre fans won’t want to miss Dr. Everett McCorvey’s production of Thy Will Be Done, an Easter oratorio.

Metropolitan Opera veteran Gregory Turay and Anthony Clark Evans, both winners of the prestigious Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, will be joined by musical theater and opera star Kenneth Overton and UK graduate Rebecca Farley, fresh from what Broadway World called a “sensational” performance with the Julliard Opera.

The 90-minute work, composed by Lexingtonian Angela Rice, also features several award-winning UK students and graduates as soloists, chorus members of The Lexington Singers, and orchestra members.

Joseph Baber, UK’s noted composer-in-residence,has added new orchestration and instruments for the fourth annual production in Lexington.

The performance will be Sunday, April 2nd at 4 p.m. at the Singletary Center for the arts. Tickets may be purchased at www.TWBDtix.com or by calling 859-257-4929. Read more about the oratorio at www.facebook.com/TWBDEO or at  www.thywillbedoneoratorio.



Two one-act operas by Thomas Pasatieri

When:  April 27th and 28th, time TBA

Where:  Rehearsal Room, Schmidt Vocal Arts Center, UK Campus (corner of Rose Street and Rose Lane)

Performances are free and open to the public.


It’s a Grand Night for Singing! 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.



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.