Category Archives: Opera

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

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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

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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

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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

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‘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

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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

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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

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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

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Philharmonic’s 2014-15 season expands performances and contemporary works

On the same night the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra presented its third commissioned work in the Scott Terrell era, it also unveil a schedule for next season that expands its performances and presentations of contemporary works. The lineup includes performances of … Continue reading

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Best Super Bowl music ever

Sunday night in the midst of Facebook and Twitter posts about the Super Bowl, I made a comment that engendered some very mild protest: while the game was a snore, Super Bowl 48 did feature the best collective music of … Continue reading

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