Lyric Opera of Kansas City brings the best the opera world has to offer to Kansas City.

Board of Trustees


  • Craig L. Evans, President
  • Melinda L. Estes M.D., Vice President
  • Scott Blakesley, Secretary
  • Mark Benedict, Treasurer

Board of Trustees

  • Dr. Ivan Batlle
  • Alicia Beck
  • Richard P. Bruening
  • Tom Butch
  • Anthony Durone
  • Richard English
  • Michael D. Fields
  • Lafayette J. Ford, III
  • Kenneth V. Hager
  • Niles Jager
  • Mira Mdivani
  • Edward P. Milbank
  • Thomas E. Nanney
  • Jeff Poe
  • Steve Taylor

Ex-Officio Members

  • Andrew Garton, President, Orpheus KC
  • Mary Leonida, President, Lyric Opera Circle
  • Gigi Rose, 2022 Ball Chair, Lyric Opera Circle
  • Dianne Schemm, President, Lyric Opera Guild


  • Wade Kerrigan, Counsel

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