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Students win life-changing prizes at 14th annual Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition

Twenty-one undergraduate and graduate students took the stage at the 14th annual Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition to sing for their chance to win scholarships and prizes that will jumpstart their operatic careers. L to R: Professor Everett McCorvey, University of Kentucky School of Music, Dawna Warren, and Dr. Mark Lyons, president and CEO of Alltech. (Photo provided) The Lyons family has long...

A Cornucopia of Arts: UK offering diverse selection of concerts, theatre and dance this season

By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward From the university’s art studios, gallery and museum to the stages of Singletary Center for the Arts and Guignol Theatre, students, faculty and staff in the University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts will entertain and move audiences with a diverse selection of concerts, exhibits, theatre and dance offerings beginning this fall all while marking the 50th...

UK Opera Theatre celebrating anniversary of ‘Grand Night for Singing’ with two weekend performances

The University of Kentucky Opera Theatre will celebrate its 25th anniversary of “It’s a Grand Night for Singing!” with two weekends of performances of the popular musical revue June 9-18, at Singletary Center for Arts. Executive Producer Everett McCorvey will bring together again a company of more than 100 performers from the university and Central Kentucky to stage the best music from Billboard...

From aficionados to newbies, UK Opera Theatre’s Barber of Seville will have audiences laughing

By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward University of Kentucky Opera Theatre brings to the stage this weekend one of opera’s most popular works, Gioachino Rossini’s critically acclaimed “The Barber of Seville,” Feb. 24-26, at the Singletary Center for the Arts. The popularity of this celebrated opera is not just due to its comedic take on love but also its accessibility to all...

UK Opera Theatre season takes comedic turn with performances of Rossini’s Barber of Seville

University of Kentucky Opera Theatre continues the 2016-17 season with Gioachino Rossini’s critically acclaimed “The Barber of Seville.” The production will take the stage Feb. 24-26, at the Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Considered the world’s most popular comic opera, “The Barber of Seville,” is brimming with recognizable melodies, most notably the...

Still ‘Crazy for Radio’: WUKY to mark 75 years in facility designed for 21st-century needs

  By Kathy Johnson Special to KyForward   On an October evening in 1940, University of Kentucky’s WBKY radio hit the airwaves in Beattyville. To commemorate 75 years of success, WUKY 91.3 FM (formerly WBKY) will celebrate Saturday, Oct. 17, with an open house in its new facilities on Spurr Road in Lexington. The celebration will also include a visit from NPR’s Susan Stamberg...

At 23, ‘Grand Night for Singing’ still going strong; town-and-gown revue is June 12-21

Students from UK Opera Theatre join forces again with members of the Lexington community to open the summer arts season with their annual town-and-gown revue ‘It’s a Grand Night for Singing’ June 12-21. (Photo by Philip Groshong/UK Opera Theatre)   University of Kentucky Opera Theatre will bring together a company of more than 100 performers to the stage June 12-21 for the 23rd...

UK Opera Theatre’s Don Giovanni brings suspense of Hitchcock to music of Mozart

  By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward   Love, lust and murder are at the forefront of University of Kentucky Opera Theatre’s spring production of Don Giovanni.   Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera, first performed in 1787, drives along like a Alfred Hitchcock film. In the first scene, we see a murder and then follow the opera as the characters discover several secret truths. UK Opera...

Opera theater director proves entrepreneurial spirit, career rooted in his ‘beloved’ Lexington

Everett McCorvey and his wife Alicia Helm met while in the chorus of New York’s Metropolitan Opera. (Photo from UK)   Just as every war, cause or child needs a hero, so does every opera, and the Lexington community almost lost theirs.   Director of the famed University of Kentucky Opera Theatre Program, Everett McCorvey, intends to prove tonight at the start of his 22nd season that...

Lesley Cissell: Summer for actress Sara Rue means Kentucky, bare feet and sweet iced tea

Sara Rue as Kim Sallinger in Episode six of this season’s Malibu Country. (Photo from imdb.com and used with permission.).   Sara Rue may have lived in New York and reside now in Los Angeles, but her favorite place in the summer has always been Kentucky.   The comedic actress grew up backstage on and off Broadway with her production manager father, Mark Schlackman, and her actress mother,...

Lexington Opera House launched '88 Keys' fundraising effort to restore grand piano

  Lexington Center and The Opera House Fund are seeking 88 “key” donors to fund the restoration of the classic 9’ Steinway “D” Concert Grand piano back to original factory condition.   Gifted by an anonymous donor in 1976, at the time of the original Opera House renovation, the valuable instrument has served patrons at the theatre for past 37 years. It has been played by such notable...