Kentucky Opera 70th Anniversary Season 22/23 - a triumphant crowd carrying a French flag in La boheme

Please renew your subscription or purchase a new subscription for the three mainstage shows, La bohème, María de Buenos Aires, and Cinderella.

Complete your season with optional add-on production, The Gift of the Magi.

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Mainstage Productions

La boheme. Rodolfo sitting on floor with Mimì in chair, holding hands.

Music by Giacomo Puccini
September 23, 25, 27, 29 and October 2
Brown Theatre

Romantic, nostalgic, and heartwarming.

A chance encounter on a winter night changes everything for Mimì and Rodolfo, sending them into a deep, passionate whirlwind in the heart of Paris. For over 100 years, audiences have been captivated by Puccini’s unforgettable music in this sweetly sentimental tale of young lovers in Paris. Sometimes friends are the family we choose.

Maria de Buenos Aires. Couple tango dancing with woman looking up.

María de Buenos Aires

Music by Astor Piazzolla
Libretto by Horacio Ferrer
November 11 and 13
Brown Theatre

Seductive, passionate, and haunting.

In the slums of Buenos Aires, Argentina, María is born, “...with a curse in her voice.” Seduced by the city, María turns her back on her former, innocent life. As her world devolves into darkness, the gritty streets claim her as their own. María is made of flesh and blood, but her immortal spirit will be harder to kill in this surreal, supernatural, and spiritual journey set to the beat of Argentine tango.

Cinderalla. A woman in crown who looks surprised.


Music by Gioachino Rossini
February 24 and 26
Brown Theatre

Bubbly, melodic, and hilarious.

Rossini’s La Cenerentola is the classic rags-to-riches tale with bubbly operatic melodies, a spunky heroine, and a story that shows us once again that love conquers all. In this timeless comedy, Cinderella’s journey from servant’s quarter to happily ever after is fraught with confusion and chaos as she defies her conniving stepfather and mean girl stepsisters to win the heart of her Prince.

Season Add-on

The Gift of the Magi. Silhouette of man and woman on snowy backdrop with pocket watch.

The Gift of the Magi

A chamber opera in one act
Music by David Conte
Libretto by Nicholas Giardini
Based on the Short Story by O. Henry
December 15, 16, 18, 20, 22
Opera Center

Love, sacrifice, and family.

Presented at the Opera Center, this heartwarming holiday classic brings you close to the action. Jim and Della cannot afford to buy each other presents for Christmas, so they pawn their most prized possessions to purchase gifts for each other. But their surprises go awry in this adaptation of O. Henry’s classic story, delivered with beautiful melodies sung in English.

COVID policies have been changed for all Kentucky Opera performances. Beginning March 28, 2022, masks are no longer mandatory for performances at the Brown Theatre. Guests will no longer be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 test to gain entry to the Brown Theatre. Please click to read Kentucky Performing Arts’ full COVID policy here.