Category Archives: Opera

It’s time to vote in the Lexington Music Awards

David McLean doesn’t mess around. Late in 2014, he had the idea to create the Lexington Music Awards to spotlight local music. By late February, despite some aggressive winter weather, the event happened at the Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center. … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Central Kentucky Arts News, Classical Music, Country music, Lyric Theatre, Music, Opera, radio | Tagged , , | Comments Off on It’s time to vote in the Lexington Music Awards

Two University of Kentucky singers advance in Met Auditions

University of Kentucky voice students Shareese Arnold, 29, and Mary Catherine Wright, 21, advanced to the regional round of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Saturday, along with two other singers: Nicolette Book, 24, a student at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Central Kentucky Arts News, Classical Music, Music, Opera, UK | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Two University of Kentucky singers advance in Met Auditions

Former UK singer wins in Metropolitan Opera Auditions

University of Kentucky graduate Reginald Smith Jr. was one of five winners Sunday afternoon in the final round of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He is only the second UK winner in the auditions, widely considered to be the … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Central Kentucky Arts News, Music, Opera, UK | Tagged , | Comments

Reginald Smith Jr. takes UK experience to Met finals

The first time Reginald Smith Jr. stepped on the stage at the Lexington Opera House, he looked down into the orchestra pit and then up at the second balcony. “I was thinking, how do I look down at the conductor … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Music, New York, Opera, UK | Tagged , | Comments Off on Reginald Smith Jr. takes UK experience to Met finals

Reginald Smith Jr. – official Met finalists photo

In case you missed it … ahem … ICYMI … University of Kentucky graduate Reginald Smith Jr. became one of nine finalists Sunday in the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions. He will perform with the other eight finalists in the … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Music, Opera, UK | Tagged , | Comments Off on Reginald Smith Jr. – official Met finalists photo

UK graduate heading to Met auditions finals

Reginald Smith Jr., who took an overnight Greyhound bus ride from Atlanta to Lexington to win a full scholarship to University of Kentucky’s voice program in 2007, has advanced to the final round of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Central Kentucky Arts News, Music, Opera, UK | Tagged , , | Comments Off on UK graduate heading to Met auditions finals

‘Hoffman’ another chance to enjoy Greg Turay on stage in Lexington

I went to the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre’s rehearsal for The Tales of Hoffman Tuesday night to work on a story about Matthew Turner, the bass who has joined a small, elite club of UK singers who advanced to the national rounds … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Classical Music, Music, Opera, UK | Tagged , | Comments

UK sends two singers to Met Auditions semi-finals

University of Kentucky bass Matthew Turner won the Mid-South Regional Round of the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions Saturday at UK’s Schmidt Vocal Arts Center, and has advanced to the audition’s national semi-finals, March 15 on the stage of the Metropolitan … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Central Kentucky Arts News, Classical Music, Music, Opera, UK | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on UK sends two singers to Met Auditions semi-finals

Follow up: The ‘Amahl’ countertenor went on

We ended last week noting some drama around the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre’s production of Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors. Countertenor Joshua Steinbach, whose voice reportedly helped persuade UK Opera to revive the show, fell ill on … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Central Kentucky Arts News, Music, Opera | Comments Off on Follow up: The ‘Amahl’ countertenor went on

Chamber Music Festival of Lexington 2014

For the first time, the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington will offer programming for 10 continuous days, Aug. 14 to 24, featuring the festival’s core ensemble of top-tier national and international musicians and the return of last year’s ensemble-in-residence, WindSync. … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Central Kentucky Arts News, Chamber Music Festival of Lexington, Classical Music, Lexington Philharmonic, Music, Opera | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Chamber Music Festival of Lexington 2014