Bruce Springsteen and the UK Opera singers

Taking time out to pose for a photo at a Saturday night party at the Kentucky Horse Park were Everett McCorvey, Rebecca Farley, Jermaine Brown, Jr., Isaac S. Jones, Allyson A. Hankins, Bruce Springsteen, Markel Reed, Luther Lewis III, Ellen Graham and Savanna Sokolnicki. Photo courtesy of UK Opera Theatre.

By now, students in the University of Kentucky’s voice program have gotten used to meeting and working with opera royalty with visits and residencies by stars such as Samuel Ramey, Ronan Tynan, Sherrill Milnes, Anna Moffo, Cynthia Lawrence and others, including the late Gail Robinson.

This weekend though, some students found themselves in the company of rock ‘n’ roll royalty when Bruce Springsteen attended the Alltech National Horse Show and related events where UK students sang at the Kentucky Horse Park.

“It was pretty amazing!” UK Opera director Everett McCorvey wrote in an email. “He was very complimentary of their singing at the Alltech National Horse Show.

“The singers sang each evening and then on Friday and Saturday evenings they danced the night away with The Boss, his family and many of the guests at a special after-event party at the Horse Park.”

Springsteen and his wife Patti Scialfa were at the Horse Show cheering on their daughter, Jessica Springsteen, who placed third in the $250,000 Grand Prix Saturday.


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