In the past 10 years, the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre has recorded Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land, creating one of the few complete records of the work, and the world premier of Thomas Pasatieri’s The Hotel Casablanca. This year, UK Opera will offer a new take on a much more familiar work, Johann Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus.
The opera, which is UK’s current production, will be recorded after spring break and released later this year, according to a note from UK Opera Theatre director Everett McCorvey to the group’s supporters. All three of UK’s recordings have been for New York-based Albany Records. Like Casablanca, this recording will include the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, conducted by John Nardolillo. The UK Symphony has its own burgeoning catalog of CDs, independent of the UK Opera.