Welcome to the School of Music Opera Theatre Ensemble

University of Kentucky Opera Theatre began in 1955 under the direction of voice teacher Phyllis Jenness and director of the UK Symphony Orchestra Phillip Miller. Since then it has risen to its position today as one of the leading opera programs in North America, largely because of the boundless energy and vision of its director Dr. Everett McCorvey.

Dr. McCorvey credits a talented faculty in the School of Music Voice Program that works as a team to help students achieve their potential as singers, scholars, and citizens. The Schmidt Vocal Arts Center foster excellence in students with professional practice and rehearsal studios, and easy access to Voice faculty and Opera staff. UKOT's most pressing needs include scholarships for students, additional faculty members for the 125 students enrolled in the vocal performance program, and support for professional-grade performances with visionary scope.

Upcoming Events
  • Poster image for Encounters with photo of cast in rehearsal room smiling, and text from event listing.
    Nov 30 2022 | 5pm


    University of Kentucky Undergrad Opera Workshop presents scenes from the operas of Weill, Strauss, Donizetti and Mozart.

    Schmidt Vocal Arts Center
  • Alltech Celebration of Song graphic with animated snowflakes on blue background
    Dec 11 2022 | 4 - 5:30pm

    Celebrate the magic of the holiday season as Alltech presents their traditional "Celebration of Song" featuring the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre and winners of the Alltech Vocal…

    Alltech Arena, Kentucky Horse Park
    4089 Iron Works Pkwy, Lexington, KY 40511
Created 08/19/2021
Last Updated 11/01/2022