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. 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*, 20*, 22, 24
The W.L. Lyons Brown Theatre

*Matinee

Party with the Pirates

Support Kentucky Opera and have a swashbuckling good time at this Leap Day Dinner Party.

Leap Day: February 29, 2024
Kentucky Opera Center for Cultural Health

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*, 16*, 18, 19
Kentucky Opera Center for Cultural Health

*Matinee

The Hobbit Camp

Dean Burry’s children opera adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Hobbit follows Bilbo and his Dwarf companions as they embark on an adventure to find lost treasure. This opera features all roles played by children. In this 2-week camp, children ages 8-18 can expect to engage in singing, acting, movement, and more from teaching artists as they prepare for the performance of The Hobbit.  

May 28 – June 5
Kentucky Opera Center for Cultural Health

The Hobbit

Opera by Dean Burry 
Based on The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic fantasy The Hobbit is the “children’s opera to rule them all.” Travel to mythical lands in this production by Kentucky Opera’s Youth Opera Project.

Sung in English

June 7 & 8*
Kentucky Opera Center for Cultural Health

*Matinee

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