LOKC Amplified: March 2024

By: Lyric Opera Staff

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It’s finally here: the next production of the 2023-2024 season, Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette! 🥳 This opera has it all: sword fights, large dance numbers, enormous choral numbers, spellbinding soprano arias, and moving duets all wrapped in a tremendous score that defines French grand opera. Don’t miss the return of Kansas City’s own Ben Bliss (🤫psst, we heard he will sing a lot at that other company in NYC next season). The cast also features soprano Andriana Chuchman, bass Johnathan McCullough, and baritone Nicholas Newton under the firm baton of a Lyric Opera favorite, Christopher Allen. There’s never been a better time to be a Kansas Citian, and there’s never been a better time to see why opera continues to inspire generations of listeners.

ROMÉO ET JULIETTE

Roméo et Juliette photo by Dan Norman for Minnesota Opera

Opening night of Roméo et Juliette is just days away! 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

Opera Dives Deep

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.

Pre Opera Talk

Have tickets to see Roméo et Juliette at the Kauffman Center? Come 50 minutes early to learn about the who, what, where, when, and why of the production you’re about to see! Learn more here.

The Haberdasher Prince

The Haberdasher Prince is a new opera for families, touring community spaces April 6–23. In a far-off land, a very musical king has a not-very-musical son. Everyone pretends to enjoy the prince’s terrible concerts, but a bold village girl refuses to play along. The king demands she be punished, but the prince shows mercy. Learn more here.


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. Join us on April 20, 2024 at Kansas City Marriott Downtown – Muehlebach Tower.


GIVING

La traviata photo by Don Ipock for Lyric Opera of Kansas City

Have you included Lyric Opera of Kansas City through your will or trust? Please let us know so that we can celebrate you! Contact Ed Sien, Chief Development Officer, at esien@kcopera.org or at (816) 802-6058 to inform us about your intentions or for more information about making a legacy gift to the Lyric.