Arts & Culture

Warm Up Your Vocal Cords — It’s Time for ‘Grand Night’ Auditions

photo of "Grand Night" 2015
"It's a Grand Night for Singing!," UK Opera Theatre's popular summer musical revue, is hosting auditions for the 2018 production.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 28, 2018) University of Kentucky Opera Theatre will hold auditions soon for the 26th annual "It’s a Grand Night for Singing!," a popular town-and-gown musical revue that kicks off summer arts offerings in the Bluegrass.

Auditions for this year's program will be broken up into three artists’ age ranges. The program will feature college and local adult vocalists, as well as children and teens. All auditions will be held at the Schmidt Vocal Arts Center, located on the corner of Rose Street and Rose Lane on the UK campus. Audition times for “Grand Night” are as follows:

  • Adults (16 and older): 6-10 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, April 2-3;
  • Children (8 to 12 years old): 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 3; and
  • Young adults (13 to 15 years old): 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 3.

It is not necessary to have an operatic voice to audition for "Grand Night." Those interested in auditioning should prepare a Broadway musical or pop song. Individuals should dress comfortably for a brief movement audition. An accompanist will be provided for auditions. Individuals wanting to try out are asked to call the UK Opera Theatre office at 859-257-9331 to schedule an audition time

The 2018 production of "Grand Night" will run for six performances. Audiences can catch the event June 8-10 and 15-17, at the Singletary Center for the Arts. Tickets for “Grand Night” are on sale now through the Singletary Center ticket office at 859-257-4929 or online at, as well as in person at the box office.

The UK Opera Theatre program is a part of UK School of Music in UK College of Fine Arts. The School of Music program has been named an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. Along with its astounding opera program, the School of Music also offers education in choral and instrumental music performance, music education, music therapy, music theory and composition.

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