70th Anniversary Season 22/23

Purchase tickets for Kentucky Opera’s chamber opera The Gift of the Magi plus Cinderella on the main stage.

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70th ANNIVERSARY SEASON 22/23 PRODUCTIONS


Kentucky Opera - La bohème by Giacomo Puccini presented at the W.L. Lyons Brown Theatre in September, 2022.
Kentucky Opera - La bohème by Giacomo Puccini presented at the W.L. Lyons Brown Theatre in September, 2022.
Romantic • Nostalgic • Heartwarming

La bohème

Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Luigi Illica & Giuseppe Giacosa
Based on Scènes de la vie de bohème by Henri Murger

A chance encounter on a winter night changes everything for Mimì and Rodolfo. As a result, they are sent into a deep, passionate whirlwind in the heart of Paris. For over 100 years, audiences have been captivated by Puccini’s unforgettable music in this sweetly sentimental tale of young lovers in Paris.

Sung in Italian with English captions

September 23, 25*, 27*, 29; October 2*
The W.L. Lyons Brown Theatre

*Matinee

Kentucky Opera – María de Buenos Aires by Astor Piazzola. Presented at the W.L. Lyons Brown Theatre in November 2022.
Kentucky Opera – María de Buenos Aires by Astor Piazzola. Presented at the W.L. Lyons Brown Theatre in November 2022.
Seductive • Passionate • Haunting

María de Buenos Aires

Music by Astor Piazzolla
Libretto by Horacio Ferrer

In the slums of Buenos Aires, Argentina, María is born, “…with a curse in her voice.” Seduced by the city, María turns her back on her former, innocent life. As her world devolves into darkness, the gritty streets claim her as their own. María is made of flesh and blood, but her immortal spirit will be harder to kill in this surreal, supernatural, and spiritual journey set to the beat of Argentine tango.

Sung in Spanish

November 11 & 13*
The W.L. Lyons Brown Theatre

*Matinee

Kentucky Opera - Gioachino Rossini's classic La Cenerentola / Cinderella presented at the W.L. Lyons Brown Theatre in February 2023.
Kentucky Opera - Gioachino Rossini's classic La Cenerentola / Cinderella presented at the W.L. Lyons Brown Theatre in February 2023.
Bubbly • Melodic • Hilarious

Cinderella

Music by Gioachino Rossini
Libretto by Jacobo Feretti

Rossini’s La Cenerentola is the classic rags-to-riches tale with bubbly operatic melodies, a spunky heroine, and a story that shows us once again that love conquers all. In this timeless comedy, Cinderella’s journey from servant’s quarter to happily ever after is fraught with confusion and chaos. Listen as she defies her conniving stepfather and mean girl stepsisters to win the heart of her Prince.

Sung in Italian with English captions

February 24 & 26*
The W.L. Lyons Brown Theatre

*Matinee

SPECIAL HOLIDAY PERFORMANCES


Kentucky Opera – The Gift of the Magi by David Conte. Presented at the Opera Center in December 2022.
Kentucky Opera – The Gift of the Magi by David Conte. Presented at the Opera Center in December 2022.
Love • Sacrifice • Family

The Gift of the Magi

Music by David Conte
Libretto by Nicholas Giardini
Based on the short story by O. Henry

Presented at the Opera Center, this heartwarming holiday classic brings you close to the action. Jim and Della cannot afford to buy each other presents for Christmas; as a result, they pawn their most prized possessions to purchase gifts for each other. However, their surprises go awry in this adaptation of O. Henry’s classic story, delivered with beautiful melodies sung in English.

December 15, 16, 18*, 20, 22*
Opera Center

*Matinee