February is here, and we hope you fared well during the deep freeze 🥶 of January 2024! It may still be winter but Lyric Opera stages will soon be heating up! 🔥 We are just weeks away from opening Roméo et Juliette, 🎊 starring Kansas City's own Ben Bliss as Roméo, and Andriana Chuchman, making her company debut as Juliette. Lyric Opera's Learning Department 📖 is in full swing, with many opportunities to engage with opera ahead of the opening of Roméo et Juliette. Subscribers should watch for the early bird renewal period in late February, with a chance to win a private Resident Artist concert 🎵 in your living room! And you didn't hear it from us, 🤐 but Lyric Opera's 2024–2025 season will kick off with a BIG star! 🤩
ROMÉO et Juliette
Roméo et Juliette opens in just a few weeks! Not seen by Lyric Opera audiences for over 20 years, Gounod's adaptation gives Shakespeare's classic story the French grand opera treatment. With an expansive score, gorgeous sets, and period costumes, you’ll see Shakespeare’s tale as you’ve never experienced it before.
Learning and Community Engagement
Explore the captivating world of Roméo et Juliette with a trio of enriching events!
On February 21, join us at Greenwood Social Hall for Community Conversation: Love and Division. This free interactive evening will feature wine, a poetry workshop, and presentations and performances by Calvin Arsenia, Cecilia Cozzi, and Kelli Van Meter. Learn more and RSVP.
On February 26, delve deep into the opera's history with Opera Dives Deep: Taming the Barbarian, a lecture by Felicia Londré unraveling France's love-hate relationship with Shakespeare. Learn more and RSVP.
On March 4, discover the secrets of bringing this star-crossed tale to life on a big stage with Opera Dives Deep: Romeo and Juliet from Page to Stage, presented by Heart of America Shakespeare Festival Executive Artistic Director Sidonie Garrett. Learn more and RSVP.
Lyric Opera Ball: A Toast To Opera
The Lyric Opera Circle is planning a “pop-up” affair to be remembered. “A Toast to Opera” will celebrate the rich history and enduring beauty of the timeless art form of opera! The Lyric Opera ball promises to be an elegant and celebratory affair, complete with a curated silent auction, pop-up opera performances, dinner, and dancing to the band Lost Wax.
Mark your calendars for April 20, 2024 at Kansas City Marriott Downtown – Muehlebach Tower.