Founded in 2009 by KU alum and Metropolitan Opera tenor, Hugo Vera, Lawrence Opera Theatre (LOT) was started to fill the void of opera, operetta and musical theatre performances during the summer season in Lawrence and the surrounding area. The 10-day Festival brings singing professionals, emerging vocal artists and community singers together to perform and gain experience.
With only three weeks of rehearsal time, performers put on a fully-staged opera production, opera/operetta scenes, a musical theatre cabaret, and an art song recital. The main part of the festival is performed at Theatre Lawrence, a producing partner of LOT. Other locations featuring performances in town include The Castle Tea Room, Lawrence Public Library and John Brown’s Underground. Recent productions have included Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Bizet’s Carmen, and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. LOT works with up-and-coming directors and designers and has become known for its edgy and thought-provoking productions.
Alumni of Lawrence Opera Theatre have gone on to perform in some of the best opera companies in the country, including The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and San Francisco Opera.
There is no tuition to be part of Lawrence Opera Theatre. We rely on ticket sales, grant funding and tax-deductible donations. LOT is supported this year in part by a grant from the Transient Guest Tax program of the City of Lawrence.
LOT is a 501(c)(3) non-for-profit organization.