Photo by The Pirates of Penzance, 2017. Photo by Cory Weaver.

Lucia di Lammermoor

Saturday, March 7, 2020 | 7:30 PM
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 | 7:30 PM
Friday, March 13, 2020 | 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 15, 2020 | 2:00 PM

Composer Gaetano Donizetti
Librettist Salvadore Cammarano
Conductor Carlo Montanaro
Director Shawna Lucey *


Approximate running time is 2 hours, 40 minutes with two intermissions.

Come for the wedding. Stay for the funeral.

Despite ominous premonitions, young Lucia stokes the fire of a forbidden love with her brother’s greatest political enemy. But with her once-wealthy family on the brink of bankruptcy, she is forced to do her familial duty and marry the head of a rival family. Convinced by her ambitious brother that her true love has been unfaithful, she signs the marriage contract. When her former flame finds out, he flips out. And that’s when the wedding cake hits the finials.

With tragedy rivaling Romeo and Juliet, and violence reminiscent of Psycho, a day that began with a wedding march now ends with a funeral procession. And a little club soda will NOT get this out.

UNDERSTAND EVERY WORD: Lucia di Lammermoor will be sung in Italian, with English subtitles.

Arrive early to enjoy a FREE PRE-OPERA TALK before each Lyric Opera performance at the Kauffman Center. Pre-opera talks start one hour before curtain and last about 30 minutes. The pre-opera speaker for Lucia di Lammermoor is Don Dagenais.



at ease with opera: free lectures

At Ease with Opera is a free lecture series for each mainstage show that is sponsored by the Lyric Opera of Kansas City Guild.

All At Ease events are held at Kauffman Foundation, 4801  Rockhill Road, Kansas City 64112 unless otherwise noted. RSVP requested but not required. Scroll down a bit to RSVP.

February 17, 2020 | 7:00 p.m.
Marriage and Madness: Performing Lucia di Lammermoor in Flaubert’s France
MRIGlobal Mag Auditorium (4920 Cherry St)
Lucia’s “mad scene” has become the opera’s modern touchstone, but the aria performed today was not the one heard outside Italy after the work’s premiere. The story of this change illustrates how changes of operatic texts affect the story – for instance, the “mad scene” helps explain how Lucia’s marital “resistance” was understood in 19-century Europe. Speaker: Dr. Janet Johnson. Scroll down a bit to RSVP.

February 24, 2020 | 7:00 p.m.
When Kansas City Went Wild Over “Our Emma”

Explore some of Kansas City’s own operatic history with speaker Dr. Katherine Preston, who discusses American soprano Emma Abbott, “the people’s prima donna” and artistic director and star of a phenomenally successful opera company. Abbot’s company performed standard operatic repertory as spectacular and engaging entertainment for the middle class. Scroll down a bit to RSVP.

March 2, 2020 | 7:00 p.m.
You are invited to the Ashton-Bucklaw Wedding. Bring your own knife.

Lyric Opera Preview speaker Don Dagenais will bring you up to speed on Lucia di Lammermoor’s backstory, including the famous novel, set to one of Donizetti’s greatest scores. You will enjoy audio and video excerpts from the opera, including the famous “mad scene,” as well as powerful tenor and baritone arias, and perhaps the greatest operatic sextet ever written. And if you don’t know what a glass harmonica sounds like, now’s your chance to find out! RSVP below.

RSVP - At Ease With Opera: Lucia di Lammermoor


friday fanfare

Make Friday evening at Lucia di Lammermoor special with one of our convenient Friday Fanfare packages! 

Choose the Friday, March 13 performance of Lucia and select the $159 Classic package that includes good seats, or the $259 Deluxe package that includes better seats.

Both Classic and Deluxe packages include:

  • a pre-opera 3-course meal for two at one of our restaurant partners
  • parking in the Kauffman Center garage (for one vehicle)
  • ticketing fees.

Purchase your preferred package, make your dinner reservations, and you’re all set. It’s a great value, so quantities are limited. Advance purchase only; we recommend at least 10 days in advance.

Click here for more details and to purchase a Friday Fanfare package.


Photo Gallery

  • Photo © 2018 IU Jacobs School of Music Opera Ballet Theater


Sarah CoburnLucia – Sarah Coburn 
Soprano Sarah Coburn returns to Lyric Opera in Lucia di Lammermoor, last seen here as Adina in The Elixir of Love (2003). Recent engagements include Rosina in The Barber of Seville and Juliette in Roméo et Juliette with Tulsa Opera; Marie in Daughter of the Regiment with Opera Carolina; Adèle in Le comte Ory and Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos at Seattle Opera; Konstanze in The Abduction from the Seraglio at Atlanta Opera; the title role in Manon with Opera Santa Barbara; the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor with Washington National Opera, Tulsa Opera and Utah Opera; Gilda in Rigoletto with Welsh National Opera, Los Angeles Opera, and Cincinnati Opera; and Giulietta in The Capulets and the Montagues with The Glimmerglass Festival.

Evan LeRoy JohnsonEdgardo – Evan LeRoy Johnson *
Tenor Evan LeRoy Johnson debuts with Lyric Opera in Lucia di Lammermoor. Recent engagements include debuts as Cassio in Otello at Bayerische Staatsoper and at Oper Frankfurt as Don José in Carmen; Tamino in The Magic Flute at Chautauqua Institute; Rodolfo in La bohème and Narraboth in Salome at Opera Philadelphia; The Prince in Rusalka at Glyndebourne Festival and Des Moines Metro Opera; and Malcolm in Macbeth at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Other appearances include Steuermann in a concert performance of The Flying Dutchman with the Milwaukee Symphony, and soloist in Verdi’s Requiem with Columbus Symphony and in Britten’s War Requiem at Norwegian National Opera.

Troy CookEnrico – Troy Cook
Baritone Troy Cook returns to Lyric Opera, most recently seen here as Father in Hansel and Gretel (2016). Recent engagements include debuts as Ford in Falstaff with Hamburgische Staatsoper and with Royal Opera Covent Garden as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte; Germont in La traviata at Central City Opera; Young Galileo in Galileo Galilei at Des Moines Metro Opera; Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor at Opera Philadelphia and Florida Grand Opera; Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Washington National Opera and Utah Opera; Marcello in La bohème with Opera Philadelphia, Pittsburgh Opera and Syracuse Opera; and Father Palmer in Silent Night with Minnesota Opera, Atlanta Opera, and Austin Opera.

Adam LauRaimondo – Adam Lau
Bass Adam Lau returns to Lyric Opera, last seen here as Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro (2016). Recent engagements include Creon in Medea at Wexford Festival; Basilio in The Barber of Seville with Kentucky Opera and North Carolina Opera; Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte with Opera Naples; The Speaker in The Magic Flute at Seattle Opera; Donner in Das Rheingold and the Old Hebrew in Samson et Dalila with North Carolina Opera. Concert appearances include Handel’s Messiah with Musica Sacra at Carnegie Hall; Mozart’s Requiem with the San Diego Symphony; Verdi’s Requiem with South Bend Symphony, and Haydn’s Creation with Symphony Silicon Valley.

Kelly Birch, mezzo-sopranoAlisa – Kelly Birch 
Kelly Birch returns to Lyric Opera after performing as a Resident Artist for the 2018-19 season. Recent appearances include Desiree Armfeldt in A Little Night Music and Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro at Aspen Music Festival. For Lyric Opera, she appeared as Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly; Miss Todd in The Old Maid and the Thief and Sally in A Hand of Bridge (both part of High Fidelity Opera); she was also seen in the title role of L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, Mrs. Jones in Street Scene, and Alto Soloist in Beethoven’s Mass in C Major at Opera Varna (Bulgaria); and Rosmira in Partenope with OperaNEO.

Arturo – Joseph LeppekLyric Opera Resident Artist Joseph Leppek
Joseph Leppek is a 2019-20 Lyric Opera of Kansas City Resident Artist. Recent appearances for Lyric Opera include the Explorations Series concerts High Fidelity Opera and Mack the Knife is the Man I Love, as well as Glad Hand in West Side Story. He has also appeared as Tony in West Side Story with The Glimmerglass Festival; Mariachi 1 in The Summer King at Michigan Opera Theatre; Mr. Martini in the world premiere of It’s a Wonderful Life at Houston Grand Opera; Giachomo de Wisants in The Siege of Calais at The Glimmerglass Festival; and The Priest in Il Postino with Opera Saratoga.

NormannoKevin Thomas Smith Kevin Smith headshot
Kevin Thomas Smith returns to Lyric Opera, seen recently as tenor soloist in The Abduction from the Seraglio; in 2019-20, he also appears in the choruses of La bohème and The Shining. Smith is a doctoral student at the University of Kansas, where his credits include John James Box in Cox and Box; Flute in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Don Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro; and Oronte in Handel’s Alcina, all with KU Opera. Other roles include Bushy in The Ballad of Baby Doe with Brevard Music Center, and the title role in Albert Herring with Music Academy International.

* Lyric Opera Debut
+ LOKC Resident Artist
~ LOKC Apprentice Artist
@ Former LOKC Resident Artist


Danielle Barger
Emily M. Bennett
Judy Bliss
Anna Mans *
Kristin Newbegin
Mary Lou Pagano
Elleka Okerstrom *

Ashley Beth Burnett
Christina Casey
Elaine Fox ^
Mindy Guidroz
Lindsay James
Sarah Lockwood
Katherine Menke

Tytus Abrahamson ^
Joseph Carr
Thomas Drew ~
Sam Mohart
Jonathan Ray ^
Kevin Thomas Smith
Michael Wu

Phil Eatherton
Andrew Luzania *
Terence Murphy
Anthony Perkins, Jr. *
Robert H. Riordan ~
Matthew Scrivner
Nathan Whitson

* Lyric Opera Debut
+ LOKC Resident Artist
~ LOKC Apprentice Artist
@ Former LOKC Resident Artist
^ Former LOKC Apprentice Artist

Creative Team

Conductor Carlo Montanaro *
Director Shawna Lucey *
Scenic & Costume Designer Philip Witcomb for Indiana University
Lighting Designer Michael Clark *
Wig & Makeup Designer David Zimmerman
Chorus Master Piotr Wisniewski
Music Librarian Elena Lence-Talley
Props Master Shawnna Journagan
Costume Coordinator Mary Traylor
Asst. Costume Coordinator Nancy Robinson
Wig and Make-up Assistants Michael Briseno, Katie Wasicko
Wig and Make-up Crew Colin Fiore
Assistant Lighting Designer Mario Raymond
Figaro Simultext System Operator Sarah Zsohar
Stage Manager Karl Anderson
Assistant Stage Managers Alayna Powell, Alec Rigdon
Head Scenic Artist Gen Goering
Head Carpenter Melvin McClenahan
Head Propsman Stephen Cochran
Head Electrician Artimio Wilson
Head Flyman James Vinzant
Head Sound Engineer Phil Rebel
Wardrobe Supervisor Jan Toombs
Wardrobe Assistant Desiree Baird Story

Original production conceived and directed by Jose Maria Condemi for Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music.

* Lyric Opera Debut

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