UK Opera Theatre

The River of Time Preview!

The UK Opera Theatre will join the Lexington Singers and the UK Symphony Orchestra to perform four selections from The River of Time, a new American Folk Opera with lyrics and music by Kentuckians James Rodgers and Joseph Baber. The poignant lyrics and expressive orchestration convey the story of Lincoln on a quest of self-discovery and personal destiny, a prologue to greatness. We will meet Lincoln as a young man in Indiana and Illinois, midway between his boyhood days in Kentucky and his emergence as an important Whig politician and state legislator. The fully staged opera will be presented at the Lexington Opera House in 2009. There will also be a children’s version of the opera: A Shirt-Tail Boy Named Abe will be about Lincoln’s early life and the character traits that he learned as a child in Kentucky.

In Glory in the Mornin’, Abraham reacts to a slave auction in New Orleans.

Mark Golson and Denisha Ballew Photo: Joseph Rey Au

UK Opera Theatre

Opera in Lexington is poised on the verge of greatness, thanks to the University of Kentucky Opera Program and its Director, Dr. Everett McCorvey. The opera program at UK is one component of the overall voice program, which also includes the choral and music education program. “The reason we have an opera program,” says McCorvey, “is because we are interested in attracting the major singers in the world who want to pursue a career in opera or concert work. We feel that we have a world-class opera program here and we have always had as our goal to be the best training program for young singers in the country. We have the facilities and the faculty to be that. We are interested in the serious student who wants to share in that goal.”

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