October Newsletter, 2022

By: Lyric Opera Staff

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Long-sleeved shirts and flannels are starting to appear at the Lyric’s production space as we prepare for our next production, La traviata. Is pumpkin spice opera a thing? Anyway, October brings several opportunities to connect with us before our next mainstage performance at the Kauffman Center. Read more below about our next Community Conversations and a free community performance of Sketchbook for Ollie.



Renowned courtesan Violetta forsakes her Parisian life of luxury to settle in the countryside with the love of her life, Alfredo. Alfredo’s father, dismayed about her scandalous past, pressures Violetta into leaving her one true love. Will love be rekindled for this star-crossed couple?

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Lyric Opera is partnering with Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church to offer a free community performance of the newly commissioned educational touring opera Sketchbook for Ollie. The opera tells the story of 8.5-year-old Ollie who is questioning the meaning of life after the death of his grandmother. It is a day spent with his Aunt Leeza, a composer, that gives him some tools and a path to understanding life’s ups and downs. After the performance, age-specific discussion groups will be held to explore the opera’s central theme of grief. Ages 6 and above are invited and encouraged to attend (and grown-ups too!); RSVP here.

Event Information:

Saturday, October 15, 2022
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church
9400 Pflumm Road, Lenexa, KS 66215

Price: Free

Community Conversations

Violetta, the central character of La traviata, is afflicted with tuberculosis. Over the course of three acts spanning several months in the story, we see her grow in relationship and decline in health. In the arms of her lover and with one of her last breaths, she sings, “You will be light and breath to me, and the future will smile on us.” Even at her weakest, Violetta remains hopeful. In today’s world, we could all use a deep breath and a little bit of hope. Join us for a celebration of life and breathwork in Kansas City. RSVP here.

Event Information:

Wednesday, October 19, 2022
7:00 – 8:30 pm

Community Conversations: Sospiro e luce, Breath and Light
Simple Empathy
2018 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64108

Price: Free
Appetizers and drinks included

Opera Dives Deep

Our Opera Dives Deep programming continues in October with two engaging discussions about La traviata.

This free lecture series provides audiences with fresh insights from regional scholars and industry professionals to enrich appreciation and understanding of the operas in our season. Both established opera-goers and curious newcomers alike are sure to make discoveries!

Learn more HERE.

For the most up-to-date information on upcoming events, community programming, and educational opportunities, check out our calendar below.