Arts & Culture

UK Opera Theatre Announces 30th Anniversary of 'It's a Grand Night for Singing!'

Join UK Opera Theatre for a celebration from the past 30 years of "It’s A Grand Night for Singing!" with the best and brightest talent in Central Kentucky.    

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 11, 2022) — The University of Kentucky Opera Theatre (UKOT) is proud to announce the 30th anniversary production of “It’s a Grand Night for Singing!” live at the Singletary Center for the Arts, June 10-19, 2022.  

For 30 years, the UK Opera Theatre has been delighting summertime audiences with the Emmy Award-winning singalong spectacular, featuring the best of Broadway from today and yesterday. Join UKOT for a celebration from the past 30 years of "It’s A Grand Night for Singing!" with the best and brightest talent in Central Kentucky.    

In 1992, the UK School of Music’s opera program debuted a summer show celebrating the talent of its students, creating a platform for students to practice the musical theatre songbook. Over the years, this intimate musical revue has grown into a spectacular production with more than 70 performers, a full orchestra, sets and costumes to rival professional companies. The show represents an important partnership between the university and the Lexington community, bringing students and local artists together to share the limelight.  

Featuring the best of Broadway showtunes, and the best of UK student and community singers, this year’s 30th anniversary of “Grand Night” will give audiences two weekends of performances, starting 8 p.m. Friday, June 10, with additional Saturday matinees at 2 p.m.  

This is a reserved seating performance in the Singletary Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $45-55 for general admission, $40-50 for seniors, and $15 for students with a valid student ID. To purchase tickets, contact the Singletary Center ticket office online at, by phone at 859-257-4929 or in person at the venue.   

Valet parking will be available in the Singletary Center circle on Rose Street.  

The highly acclaimed UK Opera Theatre program is part of the School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts. The school has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, music therapy, composition, theory and music history. 

Performances dates and times include: 

  • 8 p.m. Friday, June 10
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, June 11
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, June 11
  • 6 p.m. Sunday, June 12
  • 8 p.m. Friday, June 17
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, June 18
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, June 18
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, June 19

As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It's all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $476.5 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.   

In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.