By: Lyric Opera Staff

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Lyric Opera’s Deborah Sandler invites you to enjoy excerpts of great past performances in a limited series called Intermezzo.

I hope you are well and safe at home. Maybe you’re working from home, learning something new, listening to something new, or reaching out to friends and family as we navigate this unparalleled situation. For now, we all do what we can to act responsibly to ensure our health and safety. Like many of you, our staff is working at home as we plan a shared future together, when we celebrate the beauty of music and creativity through opera.

Over the next few weeks, we will share musical moments with you via e-mails, our website, and social media, in a series entitled Intermezzo. We’ll bring you memories from our past seasons and then look forward to focus on the spectacular artists who will be with us for next season. (Scroll down a bit to see the Intermezzo selections; click here to subscribe to our full e-newsletters.)

Our intention is to open the 2020-21 season in September as planned, including Verdi’s masterpiece, La traviata, our first-ever production of the Gershwins’ beloved Porgy and Bess, an exciting new co-production of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, and the cherry on top, Bizet’s Carmen. Truly an operatic feast with something for every taste! Season tickets are on sale now; click here for more information or call Ticketing & Patron Services during office hours at (816) 471-7344.


Deborah Sandler, General Director and CEO


From Deborah Sandler: Please enjoy this selection from our archives, from our 2013 production of Jun Kaneko’s The Magic Flute, starring Kathryn Lewek as a fierce Queen of the Night, plus Kansas City’s own Daniel Belcher as Papageno, and featuring Daniel’s daughter Madeline as one of the chicks! Click on the photo to start the video. Click here to subscribe to our full e-newsletters.

Lyric Opera of Kansas City - The Magic FluteAbove: Photo by Cory Weaver


From Deborah Sandler: I remember sitting in a dance studio in New York City with four companies, as our West Side Story choreographer Julio Monge taught auditionees several combinations; then we then cast the dancers, as well as Anita, Bernardo, and other roles. So much talent! For these roles, cast members needed to be able to dance and sing. Each producing company ended up with a slightly different cast mix, but shared many in common. This sense of family creates strong bonds among the companies who work together and forges enduring partnerships. As we continue to do work that we hope will “wow” you, this is essential. Please enjoy “Tonight” from our 2018 production of West Side Story.

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Dance-Fighting - our 2018 production of West Side StoryAbove: Photo by Elise Bakketun


We heard from so many of you who attended a performance of Lucia di Lammermoor and who were thrilled with the production. Sadly, we had to cancel the final two performances. We thought we would provide a glimpse for those of you who were unable to see your scheduled performance, and a memory for those who did. Click on the photo to start the video.

Above: Photo by Karli Cadel


This week, we bring you a snippet of our 2017-2019 production of The Barber of Seville. One of the more zany productions we have ever done, this production was filled with good humor and cheer. No doubt you will remember the chicken obsession of Dr. Bartolo! Click on the photo to start the video.

Above: Photo by Cory Weaver