PO Box 8463
Lexington KY 40533-8463
Contact Information
Nonprofit OPERALEX
Address OperaLex
PO Box 8463
Lexington, KY 40533 8463
Phone (859) 396-5000
Contact Name Roger Leasor
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1990
Former Names
Opera of Central Kentucky
Lexington Opera Society
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer Patrons can donate through RAZOO at http://www.razoo.com/story/Lexington-Opera-Society
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Background Statement


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.

In 2015, the Lexington Opera Society changed its name to OperaLex. 


Impact Statement

Top accomplishments of the past fiscal year, July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016 include:

Supporting Univ of KY Opera Theatre (UKOT) through financial & volunteer support; promoting the Opera Lecture Series taught by Dr. Tedrin Blair Lindsay; promoting events hosted by the Bravo Guild &  Encore! fund raising event on May 14, 2016
Publishing the Bravo! newsletter (3 issues yearly), maintaining the website www.operalex.org, & sending regular communications to our extensive email database

Hosting the Metropolitan Opera National Council KY District Auditions &  master class taught by Jennifer Larmore; maintaining the web site www.kymet.org

Making financial contributions to the Univ of KY opera program

Top goals for the current fiscal year, July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017 include:
Making financial contributions to the Univ of KY opera program.

Continuing the financial and volunteer support of UKOT performances & programs, the Opera Lecture Series, Bravo Guild events & hosting Encore fundraising event in 2017

Publishing the Bravo! Newsletter (3 issues yearly), maintaining the web site www.OperaLex.org & sending regular email announcements about upcoming performances to our extensive list of contacts

Hosting the Metropolitan Opera National Council KY District Auditions & master class taught by an Auditions judge; maintaining the web site www.kymet.org;
Continuing our outreach through social media, luncheons, receptions and complimentary tickets to performances.
Awarding third and fourth year scholarships to UK Opera Theatre masters and doctoral students.
Supporting the Schmidt Opera Outreach Program (SOOP) performances for children's opera in Title I Schools.
Geographic Areas Served
Board Chair
Board Chair Roger Leasor
Company Affiliation Retired Community Volunteer
Term July 2016 to June 2017
Board Members
Elizabeth Arnold Voice Professor, University of KentuckyVoting
Leslie Ann Asbury Physician, UK Medical CenterVoting
Madeleine Baugh AttorneyVoting
Naomi Broida Community VolunteerVoting
Robert Brown Attorney, Wyatt, Tarrant and CombsVoting
Harry Clarke Retired, UK School of MusicVoting
Sylvia C. Davis RetiredVoting
Janice Furst Community VolunteerVoting
Marilyn Getchell Retired, University of Kentucky School of MedicineVoting
Kris Gilbert Community VolunteerVoting
Mary Hayden Community VolunteerNonVoting
Phyllis Jenness Retired Voice TeacherNonVoting
Roger Leasor Liquor Barn ExecutiveVoting
R. Douglas Martin AttorneyVoting
Wayne Masterman Owner, Portofino and Serafini RestaurantsVoting
Everett McCorvey Director, UK Opera TheatreNonVoting
Doug McSwain Attorney, Wyatt, Tarrant and CombsVoting
Pam Miller Community VolunteerVoting
Megan Moloney Community VolunteerVoting
Peter Morris EducatorVoting
Zackery Morris StudentNonVoting
Mike Nichols Transylvania University Professor of Psychology; Assistant to the Dean of the University
Jamie Palumbo Community VolunteerVoting
George Privitt Physician, Lexington Diagnostic CenterNonVoting
Ellen Rice Community VolunteerVoting
Gloria Rie Community VolunteerVoting
Michael Rowland University of Kentucky Medical CenterVoting
Louise Shouse Community VolunteerVoting
Clifton Smith Physician, Dermatology AssociatesNonVoting
Adam Smith Attorney, Stites and HarbisonVoting
Mary Ann Squires Community VolunteerVoting
Katrin Thawley SOOP CoordinatorNonVoting
Myra Tobin Retired Business ExecutiveVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 31
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 15
Female 18
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 57%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Madeleine Baugh
Company Affiliation Attorney
Term June 2015 to June 2017
Standing Committees
Program / Program Planning
CEO Comments A reminder is emailed in advance of each monthly board meeting.  When a board member responds that business office hours, travel or illness prevent attendance, the Secretary records an excused absence.  The combination of actual attendance and excused absences brings total attendance to 96%.
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director volunteer staff
Term Start Jan 1995
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 200
Contractors 7
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 4
Unspecified 0

Supporting Univ of KY Opera Theatre (UKOT) with financial & volunteer participation; promoting the Opera Lecture Series, events hosted by the Bravo Guild & Encore! Fundraiser

Marketing & promoting opera by publishing the Bravo! newsletter (3 issues yearly); maintaining the website www.operalex.org; sending e-blasts to our extensive database; using social media to reach young professionals through Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Pintrest.

Hosting the Metropolitan Opera National Council KY District Auditions & a master class; maintaining the web site www.kymet.org

Contributing to & assisting in fundraising for the opera program at the Univ of KY

The goal of all of our programs is to fulfill our mission. We measure success by the growth in attendance at productions, financial support, number of Bravo Guild members, number of volunteers & newsletter circulation.
Budget 160,050
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Opera Performances
Population Served General/Unspecified, US,
Program Long term Success The goal of all of our programs is to fulfill out mission: to enhance the general public’s awareness and appreciation of opera in Central Kentucky and throughout the Commonwealth, primarily through support of the opera program at the University of Kentucky and continuation of its educational programs.
Program Success Monitored By OperaLex Board of Directors
Examples of Program Success We measure success by the growth in attendance at opera productions, financial support from donors, number of Bravo Guild members, number of active volunteers, and newsletter circulation
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan? No
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $160,050.00
Projected Expenses $157,050.00
Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$110,538$271,282$89,969
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,433----
Membership Dues----$16,214
Special Events$66,635$41,393$3,386
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$206,735$155,121$128,133
Administration Expense$491$780$477
Fundraising Expense$5,293$1,003$955
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.002.101.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses97%99%99%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue3%0%1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$253,734$253,246$80,632
Current Assets$253,734$249,266$70,163
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities--$253,246--
Total Net Assets$253,734--$80,632
Form 990s
2016 3240_US_2015_990.pdf
2015 990 2015
2014 990
2013 990 2013 Part 1
2013 990 2013 Part 2
2012 2012 990
2011 990EZ
2010 990EZ
2009 990EZ
2008 990EZ
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Goal $0.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Registration Yes
Foundation Staff Comments
Because this organization submits the 990EZ, expense breakdowns were submitted by the organization.
Address OperaLex
PO Box 8463
Lexington, KY 405338463
Primary Phone 859 396-5000
Contact Email info@operalex.org
CEO/Executive Director volunteer staff
Board Chair Roger Leasor
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired Community Volunteer