In 1988, Opera of Lexington (the ancestor of today’s OperaLex) was formed by a local group of opera enthusiasts. In 1989 the name was changed to Opera of Central Kentucky (OCK). From 1989 -1997, OCK offered one or two opera productions each year in various local venues, and also developed an educational outreach program, The XYZ’s of Opera,a short musical production with singers and piano accompaniment designed to introduce elementary and middle school students to opera. In 1997, OCK added another educational production, Papagena, aimed at high-school students. From 1997-1998, OCK offered a two-week summer Opera Workshop each May, consisting of short intense classes in the basic skills required to perform opera: stage and body movement, character interpretation, acting with music, period styles of movement, and the use of makeup, wigs, and costumes. The workshops were headed by invited Guest Directors with extensive experience in opera production, and they attracted college-age voice students from all over the US. The culmination of each Workshop was a public performance of opera scenes.
In November, 1998, Everett McCorvey, Director of the UK Opera Theatre (UKOT) proposed a ‘working relationship’ between UKOT and OCK, which has continued successfully to this day. In 1999, OCK changed its name to Lexington Opera Company, Inc. (LOC); in 2000, this changed to Lexington Opera Society, Inc (LOS). That same year, LOS assumed the ongoing responsibility for hosting the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions (Kentucky District) each year, assisted by the newly formed Bravo Guild, the volunteer arm of LOS.
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