UK Opera Theatre's virtual Vocal Master Class Series

The University of Kentucky Opera Theatre kicked off the virtual Vocal Master Class Series in March with tenor, Lawrence Brownlee. He has been hailed as “an international star in the bel canto operatic repertory” (The New York Times), “one of the world’s leading bel canto stars” (The Guardian), and “one of the most in-demand opera singers in the world today” (NPR).  


UKOT’s Vocal Master Class Series continues through the end of spring semester with a star-studded line up of some of the biggest players in contemporary opera.   

The lineup includes:

Friday, March 19, 2:00 - 3:30 PM – Lawrence Brownlee, tenor 

Friday, April 2, 2:00 - 3:30 PM - Morris Robinson, bass 

Friday, April 9, 2:00 - 3:00 PM - Naomi André, author of Black Opera: History, Power, Engagement 

3:00 - 4:30 PM - J'Nai Bridges, mezzo-soprano 

Friday, April 16, 2-3:30 - Kenneth Overton, baritone 

Friday, April 23, 2-3:30 - Stephen Powell, baritone 

Friday, April 30, 2-3:30 - Karen Slack, soprano 

Friday, May 7, 2-3:30 - Joanna Mongiardo, soprano 

Friday, May 14, 2-3:30 - Jud Perry, countertenor 


Director of UK Opera Theatre, Dr. Everett McCorvey, had the idea to create the virtual Vocal Master Class Series in order to bring added benefit to UKOT students this year, as well as to the Lexington community. “Since we could not invite these prominent artists to campus because of COVID, I felt it important to continue to find a way to introduce our students to the top opera singers in the world.” Dr. McCorvey sees the series as a success so far. “These singers are the Next Generation artists, directors and administrators. These are the singers that our students will be seeing and hearing for the rest of their professional careers. We thought it important to know who is out there, what they're doing and how they're doing it. The classes so far have been incredibly invigorating and I know that the students are learning a lot.”