UK Opera Theatre, Symphony set for oppening of Les Miz

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Last year's Phantom of the Opera was a huge success for the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre. So what will the do for an encore?

WKYT's Barbara Bailey went to the Lexington Opera House where the curtain is set to rise for the UK Opera Theatre's production of "Les Miserables."

The University of Kentucky is famous for its dedicated fan base, and not just in the area of athletics. Thursday night UK's music program is in the spotlight for its opening night of Les Miz!

Just a year ago Phantom of the Opera was winning stunning reviews, with eleven sold out performances at the Lexington Opera House.

UK's dynamic director of the Opera, Dr. Everett McCorvey, knew this would be the perfect encore. The longest running musical in the world, based on the novel by Victor Hugo.

It's a tale of misfortune, forgiveness, love and revolution. It has elaborate costumes, innovative set, and cast of more than 60 singers on stage. This is UK Opera Theatre's largest production ever.

The UK Symphony, directed by Johnm Nardolillo, brings 92 more students to the production. It's double cast, to help cover all the performances.

Events like this have earned UK its reputation as one of the leading opera programs in the US, and students have come to expect opportunities like this.

Officials are expecting a lot of traffic on this red carpet, with 13 public performances scheduled.

Tickets have been so hot there have even been reports of ticket scalping. That's something that used to be just for UK basketball games.

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