UK Opera Theatre Continues Tradition of Staging Mega-Hits With 'Les Mis'
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 15, 2013) — Following the record-breaking success of last year's production of "The Phantom of the Opera," University of Kentucky Opera Theatre presents a new production of Alan Boublil and Claude Schönberg’s blockbuster, Broadway musical "Les Misérables." The full-length award-winning musical, having been performed in 21 different languages and celebrating over 25 years of success, is being performed in its full length in Lexington for the first time ever for 13 public performances at the Lexington Opera House, through Oct. 20.
Based on Victor Hugo’s novel of the same name, "Les Misérables" is a story of redemption, set in 19th-century France. After serving 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread, Jean Valjean decides to break his parole and start his life anew when a bishop gives him a second chance. However, the police inspector, Javert, relentlessly tries to track him down. As a new man, Jean Valjean crosses paths with Fantine, a troubled young mother, and her daughter, Cosette. Set against the French Revolution, the mega-musical is a tale of misfortunes, forgiveness and love. Memorable songs from "Les Misérables" include "I Dreamed a Dream," "Stars," "A Heart Full of Love," "On My Own," "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" and "Bring Him Home." "Les Misérables" has won more than 70 major theatre awards.
Once again, UK Opera Theatre is among the first universities to present a masterpiece of this magnitude in "Les Misérables." The all-student performances feature a cast of 68, with principal roles being double cast. UK Opera Theatre Artist-in-Residence and doctoral candidate Gregory Turay shares the role of Jean Valjean with Mathew Allen Brown, also a doctoral candidate. The 2011 Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition winner, Thomas Gunther, and Jacob Waid, last seen as the Phantom, share the role of Javert. Music Director John Nardolillo, conductor of the UK Symphony Orchestra, also has two full orchestras performing in the pit for "Les Misérables."
"Les Misérables" returns to the stage this week at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 16-20, and 2 p.m., Oct. 19-20. Tickets range from $40.50 up to $76.50. Student tickets are $20.50. Tickets can be purchased at the Lexington Center Box Office, at Rupp Arena, or by calling 859-233-3535. There is no ticketing fee for tickets purchased in person at the box office.
The UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition, and theory and music history.
MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, UK Public Relations, 859-257-8716; or Patrick Joel Martin, UK Opera Theatre, 859-257-9331