Come As You Are: Vulnerability in the Concert Space
Breaking down barriers of access in the concert space.
4:00PM, Saturday, June 15, 2024

Join No Divide KC and Lyric Opera of Kansas City for Come As You Are. This free event is designed to break down barriers of access in the concert space. Our third annual artistic extravaganza will feature the world premiere of three micro-operas, engaging activity stations, and joyful fellowship. It's a family-friendly celebration you won't want to miss!

This event is accessible for people with physical and cognitive disabilities.

2024 COME AS YOU ARE FELLOWSHIP

New this year, a fellowship program was launched in which three emerging composer and librettist pairs were selected to write, workshop, and premiere three bite-sized operas exploring themes of vulnerability.

I REMEMBER IT ALL

MUSIC Pryse
WORDS Nina Cherry

Synopsis: An ordinary day in the life of a queer couple. Content advisory: nobody dies.

CHEW ON THIS

MUSIC Yunfei Li
WORDS Robert Feng

Synopsis: Based on real events, Singaporean TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew stands before the United States Senate to testify. The examination doesn’t go as planned.

WORKING HARD & HARDLY WORKING

MUSIC M. Joseph Willette
WORDS Luke “Skippy” Harbur

Synopsis: Three coworkers are up against a hard deadline. A supportive manager helps them accomplish their goal and see each other as people.

2024 Come As You Are Fellows

Pryse

Composer

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Yunfei Li

Composer

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M. Joseph Willette

Composer

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Nina Cherry

Librettist

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Robert Feng

Librettist

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Luke “Skippy” Harbur

Librettist

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Cast and Creatives

Lauren Auge

Soprano

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Kelli Van Meter

Soprano

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Song Lyu

Soprano

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Gwen DeLaney

Mezzo-soprano

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Emily Stott

Mezzo-soprano

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Jonathan Ray

Tenor

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Riley Findley

Baritone

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Robert Feng

Bass

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Emily Bridges

Director

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Matteo Generani

Piano

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