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

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.