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23/24 Season | Charting Courses

The official kickoff event for the Louisville Juneteenth Jubilee!

June 10
Kentucky Opera Center for Cultural Health

Dark cabin with lights in windows, in a purple forest, with a tall boy and short girl standing in front facing the cabin
Dark cabin with lights in windows, in a purple forest, with a tall boy and short girl standing in front facing the cabin

Hansel and Gretel

Music by Engelbert Humperdinck
Libretto by Adelheid Wette

Imaginations run wild in this vivid, larger than life fairy-tale opera! This visually intoxicating production, featuring Kentucky Opera’s Youth Chorus, will have colorful sets and costumes.


Sung in English with English captions

September 29, October 1* (Subscription Performances)
The W.L. Lyons Brown Theatre

*Matinee

A WWI soldier in grey uniform and helmet staring into a wintry wood
A WWI soldier in grey uniform and helmet staring into a wintry wood

All is Calm

The Christmas Truce of 1914

Written by Peter Rothstein
Vocal arrangements by Erick Licthe & Timothy C. Takach

Christmas Eve 1914, a lone soldier stepped out of the trenches singing Stille Nacht. This a cappella opera, sung in English, shares the stories of soldiers along the Western Front in the spontaneous Christmas Truce of World War I.

Sung in English

December 15, 17* (Subscription Performances)
Kentucky Opera Center for Cultural Health

*Matinee

A wooden ship with four white sails on a blue ocean at sunset with pink clouds
A wooden ship with four white sails on a blue ocean at sunset with pink clouds

The Pirates of Penzance

Music by Arthur Sullivan
Libretto by W.S. Gilbert

Leap years come around every four years, and for one young pirate it causes mayhem and turmoil in this comedy about being a “slave to duty.” Gilbert’s witty word play coupled with Sullivan’s memorable music make for a rollicking night at the theatre.

Sung in English with English captions

February 16, 18* (Subscription Performances)
The W.L. Lyons Brown Theatre

*Matinee

A woman facing a snowy mountain and the aurora borealis reflecting on a lake
A woman facing a snowy mountain and the aurora borealis reflecting on a lake

As One

Music by Laura Kaminsky
Libretto by Mark Campbell & Kimberly Reed
Film by Kimberly Reed

With humor and empathy, As One chronicles Hannah’s inner journey as she endeavors to resolve the discord between herself and the outside world. Two singers, a baritone and a mezzo-soprano, share the part of the sole transgender protagonist Hannah in this most produced contemporary opera in the world. The three scenes trace Hannah’s struggle to measure up to expectations, her search for her identity, and finally making peace with herself and the world around her. 

Sung in English

April 12, 14* (Subscription Performances)
Kentucky Opera Center for Cultural Health

*Matinee