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Samantha Hankey, Andriana Chuchman & Adam Smith Lead Lyric Opera of Kansas City Opera’s 2023-24 Season


The Lyric Opera of Kansas City has announced its 2023-24 season featuring four productions. The season opens with a double bill of Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana” and Leoncavallo’s “I Pagliacci.” Mascagni’s work will star Samantha Hankey, Adam Smith, and Gevorg Hakobyan. Meanwhile, Leoncavallo’s work will star Diego Torre, Gabriella Reyes, and Gevorg Hakobyan. Roberto Kalb conducts the production by Shawna Lucey. Performance Dates: {…}


Lyric Opera of Kansas City Announces 2022-23 Season


The Lyric Opera of Kansas City has announced its 65th season with four productions in the Kauffman Center. The season opens with Bizet’s “Carmen,” one of the most popular operas in the repertoire. Performance Dates: Sept. 24-Oct. 2 2022 Verdi’s “La Traviata” returns to the repertoire featuring some of the composer’s most famous pieces. Performance Dates: Nov. 5-13, 2022 Paul {…}


Talise Trevigne, Marina Costa-Jackson, Wei Wu & John Moore Lead Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s 2021-22 Season


The Lyric Opera of Kansas City has announced its 2021-22 season featuring four productions. The season opens with “Lyric Opera Goes to Hollywood” which will feature famous arias and instrumental moments included in films like “Pretty Woman,” “Mission Impossible,” and “Up.” Talise Trevigne, Ginger Costa-Jackson, Limmie Pulliam, and Edward Parks will be the soloists with David Charles Abell conducting. Performance {…}


Lyric Opera of Kansas City Postpones Remaining Productions, Announces Digital Fall Programming


Lyric Opera of Kansas City has announced revisions for its 2020-21 season. The company has been forced to postpone its remaining mainstage productions of “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs” and “Carmen” until they can be presented in a safe manner. The company will instead create new digital programming for the fall through new initiatives. The first of these is “Soundscapes {…}


Lyric Opera of Kansas City & Kansas City Symphony Cancel Fall Season


The Lyric Opera of Kansas City and the Kansas City Symphony have canceled the fall portion of their 2020-21 season. The companies announced the cancellation following the Kauffman Center’s decision to close in order to “address building occupancy restrictions and social distancing guidelines.” In a statement, the Kauffman Center President and CEO Paul Schofer said, “Collectively, The Kansas City Ballet, {…}


Vanessa Vasquez, Ginger Costa-Jackson & Talise Trevigne Highlight Lyric Opera Of Kansas City’s 2020-21 Season


The Lyric Opera of Kansas City has announced its 2020-21 season featuring four unique productions. Vanessa Vasquez headlines opening night in a production of Verdi and Piave’s “La Traviata” by Francesca Zambello. Timothy Myers conducts the masterpiece with Matthew White as Alfredo and Weston Hurt as Germont. Performance Dates: Sept. 26-Oct. 4, 2020 Eric Greene, Talise Trevigne, Donovan Singletary, Jermaine Smith and Indra {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Lyric Opera of Kansas City 2019-20 Review: When There Are Nine


(Credit: Brian Paulette) Experimentation and adventurous programming are at the heart of The Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s Explorations series. A recent departure for the company, brainchild of General Director and CEO Deborah Sandler, and held in its fine new production facility in the Crossroads district downtown, the series also provides excellent opportunities to showcase the company’s Resident Artists, and {…}

Behind the Scenes, Interviews

Winds of Change – How Deborah Sandler & Joanne Burns Are Transforming The Lyric Opera of Kansas City


  The winds of change are sweeping down the plains. Bring them on, say the directors of The Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Given the chance to re-invent itself with the opening of the Kauffman Center in 2011 and new production-facilities buildings shortly thereafter, the Lyric has grasped the opportunity with an impressive energy, wholly characteristic of the region’s revival. {…}


Ben Bliss, Kathryn Lewek & Sarah Coburn Headline Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s 2019-20 Season


The Lyric Opera of Kansas City has announced its 2019-20 season which will include four main staged productions. Of these four operas, there will be two new productions and a Kansas City premiere. All performances will be accompanied by members of the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra. Here is a look! Main Stage The season opens with “The Abduction from the Seraglio” starring {…}