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TICKETS NOW ON SALE for Encore 2023!

We are pleased to announce the date of our major annual fundraising gala, Encore!, on Saturday evening, November 18, 2023, at the beautiful UK Gatton Student Center Ballroom

The evening will feature the beneficiaries of our work, the UK Opera Theatre students and faculty. They will perform a lively program of popular music and opera favorites, accompanied by members of the UK Symphony Orchestra, conducted by John Nardolillo.

This year we are excited to bring Encore! home to the campus of the University of Kentucky in the beautiful Gatton Student Center. To celebrate our new venue, this year’s event will highlight the university’s colors with a spectacular, sparkling Gala Night of Blue and White!

Cocktails, an elegant dinner followed by dancing to Big Band music directed by UK Jazz Program Director Miles Osland make this a party you won’t want to miss!

Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased using this link – https://one.bidpal.net/2023encore/welcome

Confirmed 2023 Sponsors & Supporters


Presenting Sponsor

Liquor Barn


Event Sponsor
Bryant’s Rent-All


Media Sponsor


$5,000 Patron Sponsor

Mira Ball
Central Bank

United Real Estate 

Stephen Webb

Bill & Barbara



$2,500 Aria Supporter

Milly Ann and John P. Stewart Fund


$1,250 Chorus Supporter

Ben Kaufmann & Janet Zusman

Interested in donating to the silent auction?

The silent auction is an important and impactful part of our fundraising gala and it’s success depends on the generosity of individuals and business owners in our community.

If you are interested in donating a good or service or soliciting a business on behalf of OperaLex, please download our donation form below.

Thank you for helping us make Encore 2023 a success!

Interested in event sponsorship?

OperaLex enjoys a number of long-standing partnerships with businesses throughout the Lexington area. Your business can support our mission while receiving prominent recognition and benefits at our Encore event and throughout the season.

Every year, approximately 7,000 people attend UK Opera Theatre performances and OperaLex events.

Our audience members are civic-minded individuals who are engaged in the community—potential clients for any company!

THANK YOU to our Encore 2022 SPONSORS!

Presenting Sponsor

Liquor Barn

Event Sponsor
Bryant’s Rent-All


Media Sponsor


$5,000 Patron Sponsor
Mira Ball
Central Bank
CHI Saint Joseph Health
Eli and Mary Lynne Capilouto, University of Kentucky
Cathy Jacobs
United Real Estate
UK HealthCare
Stephen Lloyd Webb


$2,000 Aria Sponsor
American Trust
ComposeArts, Angela Rice
Ann Elizabeth Delahanty
Jean Dorton and Karen Sellers
Jan Furst
Keith Key
Kay Collier McLaughlin and George Foreman
Frank and Pat Miller
Ruth Ann Palumbo
Dr. Lee and Patsy Todd
Bill and Barbara Young


$1,000 Chorus Sponsors
Virginia and Barry Arnett
Bank of the Bluegrass
Patricia and Bob Bova
Harry and Mary Beth Clarke

Hill and Regan Parker, Turf Town Properties
Drs. Magadalene and John Stewart
Dr. David Wrede and Dr. Ray Jackson