Our mission is to enhance the general public’s awareness and appreciation of opera in Central Kentucky and throughout the Commonwealth primarily through support of the opera program at the University of Kentucky, including but not limited to the awarding of student scholarships under the direction of the Board of Directors, and the continuation of the Corporation’s educational and public programs.
Dear Music Lovers,
SILENT NIGHT, a new American opera and an amazing tale of the human condition, just wrapped up production here at the University of Kentucky as a first by a collegiate Opera Program. It portrayed a cry against the insanity of war and evidence of our common humanity, the performance helped to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI.
Thousands of people attended, and the sets and talent of the performers were some of the best ever. I hope you experienced this fascinating production with our UKOT stars singing and acting and bringing down the house night after night. People cannot believe that these performers are University students working on their doctoral, masters, and undergraduate degrees!
SILENT NIGHT looked expensive… and was. The set was first-rate, the costumes were the actual ones from the 2005 movie Joyeux Noël which depicted the Christmas truce of 1914, the cast and orchestra and crew were talented and dedicated to the long hours required.
To put it simply, an artistic effort like SILENT NIGHT costs a lot of money. Ticket sales can’t begin to cover the costs. That’s where OperaLex and its donors come in. We need your help!
OperaLex provides financial and volunteer support to the programs of UKOT and student scholarships through contributions from individuals, corporate sponsors, Bravo Guild, fundraising events, and donations from our many supporters throughout Lexington and the Bluegrass.
Please help us keep these amazing programs going by sending a tax-deductible donation to OperaLex, a 501(c)(3) entity, in the enclosed envelope.
SILENT NIGHT is just one of the many events that OperaLex supports throughout the year. The Schmidt Opera Outreach Program (SOOP) has lined up over 26 shows to children in the Commonwealth this season.
This past weekend, OperaLex once again hosted the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions with a record number of participants, 29 in all! Previously, we burst with pride when our UK students, Reginald Smith, Jr. and Matthew Turner won the District, Regional, and National Semi-Finals of the MET competitions, and sang on stage of the Metropolitan Opera. Reggie went on to be announced as one of the National winners. This was the first time that has happened since Gregory Turay won the national competition over 20 years ago.
2019 features more outstanding musical events with significant OperaLex support: the Alltech Holiday Celebration of Song on December 9 at The Square downtown, Puccini’s MADAMA BUTTERFLY, March 1-3 at the Singletary Center, and the annual Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition for college-bound voice students on March 10. This competition, with its scholarships and stipends, brings the winning students into our UK Opera program.
And then our performance year wraps up with the enormously popular IT’S A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING! at the Singletary Center June 7-16.
After Grand Night, we have organized an Opera Lover’s trip to St. Louis to see 4 operas over a period of 6 days! For more information, please access the website at http://www.artconnectslex.org/st-louis—june-2019.html. Space is limited!
We will continue to work to keep the arts going for the entire year!
Join us in keeping these standing ovations going for our remarkable singers. Please make your year-end or early 2019 donations in the envelope provided or make an on-line donation at www.operalex.org.
Your vocally challenged President of OperaLex,
Sanford Archer, MD