As your on-ramp to the theatre arts, the Overture program offers a rare, behind-the-scenes exploration of a working theatre, historical context of opera with literature, social studies, foreign languages, and vocational pathways in the performing arts.

The Overture program is a membership based program for middle, high school and college student groups. $150 group membership fee.

Membership Includes:

  • Production Study Guide
  • Pre or post rehearsal discussion by professional Teaching Artist(s)
  • 15 seats at one Kentucky Opera Rehearsal (1 adult chaperone is required to attend as part of 15 seat membership)
  • A conversation with a professional theatre or performing artists

About the Rehearsals:

  • Kentucky Opera Chorus rehearsal – Observe the professional Kentucky Opera Chorus as they prepare for the main stage productions. Rehearsals are led by Kentucky Opera Chorus Master Lisa Hasson.
  • Sitzprobe – Sit in on the very first rehearsal with the cast and the orchestra. This time is devoted to music led by the Maestro, so it will not include costumes, scenery, or props.
  • Piano Tech Rehearsal – Watch as the cast works through the production for the first time out of the rehearsal hall and on the stage. A great chance to see all the technical elements (lights, props, scenery changes) as they are fine-tuned. Singers may not sing with full voice.
  • Final Dress Rehearsal – Experience the final rehearsal with the cast and orchestra as all production elements come together to prepare for the performances. While the opera is almost polished, this is the last opportunity to prepare for opening night. There may be stops, and the singers may choose to “save” their voices for the upcoming performances.

As an overture member, you may choose from one of the following rehearsals for your group visit:

Attendance at rehearsals are scheduled on first come, first served basis by availability.

Carmen by Georges Bizet
Chorus rehearsal – Friday, August 30, 7 – 8:30pm (Maximum capacity 2 groups)
Sitzprobe – Tuesday, September 10, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Piano Tech Rehearsal – Sunday, September 15, 1:30 – 3:30pm
Final Dress Rehearsal – Wednesday, September 18, 6 – 10pm

Glory Denied by Tom Cipullo
Sitzprobe – Friday, November 1, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Piano Tech Rehearsal – Sunday, November 3, 1:30 – 3:30pm
Final Dress Rehearsal – Wednesday, September 18, 6 – 10pm

The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Chorus rehearsal – TBD
Sitzprobe – Friday, February 7, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Piano Tech Rehearsal – Sunday, February 9, 1:30 – 3:30pm
Final Dress Rehearsal – Wednesday, February 12, 6 – 10pm

*The Overture program does not offer single entry passes.


Student tickets are available for all Sunday performances for $20 and can be purchased by visiting the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts box office during normal business hours.
One student ticket available per one valid student ID.

To purchase, call the box office at 502.584.7777
The Kentucky Center Box Office
501 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202
Monday — Saturday 10am — 6pm
Sunday 12pm — 5pm