Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, home to resident organizations Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Symphony, and other innovative programming, embraces a variety of audiences with different tastes, interests and passions. At Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, everyone can have an opportunity to experience excellence.
The 1,800-seat Muriel Kauffman Theatre is designed to be visually striking, yet retain an intimate experience for both audiences and performers. Inspired by the great opera houses of Europe, audiences are seated in a vineyard-style, semicircle configuration facing the stage—bringing them closer to the performers than in traditional auditorium-style proscenium venues. Audience seats that are 22-24 inches in width provide maximum comfort. The theatre also offers the Figaro supertitle system, with a personal monitor mounted on each individual seatback for productions requiring translation.
Lyric Opera mainstage productions are held in Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Please refer to Lyric Opera correspondence for venue details on all other performances.
Directions & Parking
Located at the northwest corner of Broadway and 16th Streets in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, the Kauffman Center can easily be accessed via numerous routes. The Arts District parking garage, immediately south of – and connected to – the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is the primary parking garage for Lyric Opera patrons.
The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts fully complies with all disability requirements of both the city of Kansas City, Missouri and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Lyric Opera is committed to providing the most accessible and enjoyable experience possible to all of our patrons.