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									OPERA INTRO AMY JONES

THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY IS QUICKLY BECOMING A NATIONAL POWERHOUSE…NOT JUST IN ATHLETICS…BUT IN OPERA. THANKS TO A RECENT ONE-MILLION-DOLLAR GIFT…THE U-K OPERA THEATRE PROGRAM CONTINUES TO GAIN MOMENTUM. AMY JONES TAKES US TO A RECENT PERFORMANCE TO SEE THE STUDENTS IN ACTION.

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University of Kentucky/Lexington Brandy Lynn Hawkins/UK Opera Theatre Student Dr. Everett McCorvey/UK Opera Theatre Director

OPERA PKG TEXT AMY JONES NAT UP FULL (music) Performing in a world premiere of an opera may sound like a far off career goal for many opera students… But for u-k opera student Brandy Lynn Hawkins….it's a goal she's already checked off her list… NAT UP FULL (music) Thanks to a role in hotel Casablanca…a production that in partnership with the prestigious san Francisco opera premiered recently in both San Francisco…AND Lexington. SOT "This is just very, very rare to premier an opera…at a university." SOT "It's one of the first times that a college opera program has worked with a top 5 opera company in this country, and I think it won't be the last, I think it's a very interesting model, and one in which both sides benefit from." McCorvey…calls it a once in a lifetime opportunity for his students. SOT "It would be like Microsoft coming to campus to interview the engineers, you know, when big companies come to the university looking for talent to come back to their company, well, the San Francisco Opera is on the of the top 5 opera companies in the country." NAT UP FULL (music) "Well everything is bigger in Texas…" SOT: "It gives our students an opportunity to work in a totally professional environment, and to be heard by people who could basically change their career status." …a boost not just for students, but for the program as a whole… SOT "This is a service to our field and positions UK Opera to very elevated place in our field in this country." McCorvey hopes more of these prestigious partnerships…along with a recent gift from the William E. Schmidt foundation for 1 million dollars will help him achieve his vision… SOT "I want to make sure we have the best young artist program for young singers at any university in this country…I want it to be at UK…and so we're going to do whatever we need to do to make that happen." NAT SOUND UP FULL (music) SOT "I will be proud that I came from this university because we have great teachers, we have great students and singers here, and so it's something to be proud of." Pride that future audiences will see and hear…whenever this future u-k grad takes the stage. From the University of Kentucky, I'm Amy Jones.

UK OPERA TAG AMY JONES

THE U-K OPERA THEATRE PROGRAM DOESN’T JUST PERFORM IN LEXINGTON. AS PART OF A STATEWIDE OUTREACH PROGRAM…STUDENTS AND FACULTY INVOLVED IN THE PROGRAM…TRAVEL TO SCHOOLS ACROSS THE STATE SO THAT EVEN MORE KENTUCKIANS GAIN EXPOSURE TO THE ARTS. ####


								
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