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

By Francisco Salazar

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, Kansas City Symphony, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and Harriman-Jewell Series have conducted evaluations and extensive scenario planning. It was determined that it was in the best interest of our shared audiences, artists, staff, volunteers, and guests that resources be conserved now to put us in a stronger position to return for a dynamic and robust season next calendar year. We each remain committed to our mission to enrich the lives of our communities throughout the region, country, and world by offering extraordinary and diverse performing arts experiences. We cannot wait to welcome all of our audiences back to the Kauffman Center.”

As a result of the closure, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City will cancel its productions of “Porgy and Bess” and “La Traviata.”

The company is still set to present “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs” and  “Carmen.”

Meanwhile, the Kansa City Symphony will open in January with a new and reimagined schedule.