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Lyric Opera Goes to Hollywood

Because the real star of any movie is the music.

What would great movies be without great music? Even silent films had scores. The truth is, there can be no climax without a crescendo, no thrills or chills without trills, no big finale without big brass. No one creates drama like a diva, or touches the tenderness of a tenor, and nothing pulls heartstrings like a string section. When you think about how music heightens our emotions and guides us through the story, opera is Hollywood’s original special effect. And for sheer experiential excess, the combination of cinematic and operatic is pure gold in Tinseltown. Come with us when the Lyric Opera Goes to Hollywood. In this concert, relive some of your favorite musical moments from the silver screen, back on the stage where they began.

Learn more about the program and movies by reading our in-depth guide.

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Saturday, November 13, 2021 | 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 14, 2021 | 2:00 pm

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Performed in original languages with English subtitles.

Lyric Opera of Kansas City gratefully acknowledges lead sponsors Thomas and Mary Beth Butch and supporting sponsors AMC Theatres and EPR Properties for their part in making this production of Lyric Opera Goes to Hollywood possible.

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Giuseppe Verdi: Overture to La forza del destino Featured in Desperate Remedies (1992)

Gioachino Rossini: “Largo al factotum” from Il barbiere di siviglia
Featured in Hopscotch (1980), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

Ruggero Leoncavallo: “Vesti la giubba” from I Pagliacci
Featured in The Untouchables (1987), To Rome with Love (1981)

Georges Bizet: “Au fond du temple saint” from The Pearl Fishers
Featured in Gallipoli (1981)

Georges Bizet: “L’amour est un oiseau rebelle” from Carmen
Featured in Magnolia (1999), Up (2009)

Giuseppe Verdi: “Sempre libera” from La traviata 
Featured in Pretty Woman (1990)

Leo Delibes: “Sous le dôme épais” from Lakmé
Featured in Someone to Watch Over Me (1987)

Giuseppe Verdi: “La donna è mobile” from Rigoletto
Featured in The Family Man (2000), Ruby Sparks (2012)

Camille Saint-Saëns: “Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix” from Samson et Dalila
Featured in The Chocolate Soldier (1941)

Alfredo Catalani: “Ebben? Ne andrò lontana” from La Wally
Featured in Diva (1981)

Georges Bizet: “Votre toast, je peux vous la render” from Carmen
Featured in Metropolitan (1935)

Giacomo Puccini: “Un bel di vedremo” from Madama Butterfly
Featured in Fatal Attraction (1987)

Giacomo Puccini: “Nessun Dorma” from Turandot
Featured in The Witches of Eastwick (1987), Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (2015)



Talise Trevigne, Soprano

A 2016 Grammy Award nominee, Talise Trevigne, began 2020 with her portrayal of Bess (Porgy and Bess) at The Atlanta Opera, where she also sang Nedda (I Pagliacci). She joined Boston Lyric Opera for desert in, an exciting new episodic opera series devised for the small screen. Last season’s highlights include her Lyric Opera of Chicago debut as Kitty Hart/Sister Rose (Dead Man Walking). She returns next season for a role she inaugurated in its highly successful premiere, Proving Up (Ma); she will sing Violetta (La traviata) at Calgary Opera, and Mimi (La bohème) at Seattle Opera. 

Ginger Costa-Jackson, Mezzo-Soprano

A regular at the Metropolitan OperaGinger Costa Jackson has sung Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Lola (Cavalleria Rusticana) and Smeton (Anna Bolena). Other notable performances include Despina (Cosi fan tutte) with L’Opéra national de Paris, the title role in Carmen with San Diego Opera, San Francisco Opera, Glimmerglass, and the New National Theater in Tokyo, Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte) with Seattle Opera and L’Opéra national de Paris, and Angelina (La Cenerentola) for Seattle Opera. Future engagements include Musetta (La bohème) with Seattle Opera, Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) at Teatro Petruzelli in Bari, and her debut with Grange Park Opera as Charlotte (Werther). 

Limmie Pulliam, Tenor

Rising dramatic tenor Limmie Pulliam has thrilled audiences with his captivating stage presence and his “stentorian, yet beautiful,” sound. Mr. Pulliam’s 2021-2022 season includes his debut with Los Angeles Opera as Manrico (Il trovatore), as well as appearances with Vashon Opera as Turridu (Cavalleria rusticana) and Livermore Valley Opera as the title role in Otello. He makes his house debut with Lyric Opera of Kansas City for Lyric Opera Goes to Hollywood and joins the Memphis Symphony for their rescheduled Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

Edward Parks, Baritone

2019 GRAMMY award recipient for The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs with Santa Fe Opera, baritone Edward Parks has been seen on stages throughout the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, the Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival, and Opera Oviedo in Spain. Recent highlights include the Count (Le nozze di Figaro), Audebert (Silent Night)Escamillo (Carmen), Valentin (Faust), Inman (Cold Mountain)Belcore ( L’elisir d’amore), Ford in (Falstaff), Mercutio (Roméo et Juliette), and the title role in Il barbiere di Siviglia. 


Creative Team

David Charles Abell, Conductor

Throughout his career, conductor David Charles Abell has excelled in a wide range of musical genres, from opera to pop to worldwide TV broadcasts of Les Misérables. He has worked with such distinguished artists as Judi Dench, Emma Thompson, Idina Menzel, Heather Headley, Petula Clark, Bryn Terfel, Josh Groban, and Matthew Morrison. Recent engagements with LOKC include Kevin Puts’ Silent Night, RigolettoLa bohème, and West Side Story. Other US credits include Porgy and Bess at Atlanta Opera, Die Zauberflöte at Opera Philadelphia, Eugene Onegin at Hawaii Opera Theatre, and Die Fledermaus at Cincinnati Opera. In Europe, he has appeared at English National Opera, the Théatre du Châtelet and Opernhaus Zürich. Recordings include Something’s Gotta Give with baritone Simon Keenleyside, Forever with soprano Diana Damrau, and highlights from La bohème and Madama Butterfly with the Royal Philharmonic. 

Crystal Manich, Director 

Crystal Manich is a Puerto Rican director with over 65 credits of operas, plays, and musicals. She is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Italian, along with experience in several other languages. Operatic credits include Armida, Rameau Triple Bill (Pichgut Opera, Australia), Madama Butterfly, Adriana Lecouvreur, Werther, Ernani (Buenos Aires Lírica), Rigoletto (Wolf Trap Opera), and Daniel Catán’s Spanish language opera Il Postino for Chicago Opera Theater, Virginia Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, and Opera Southwest. Crystal is the former Artistic Director for Mill City Summer Opera in Minneapolis and  Opera Omnia in New York, and the former Assistant Artistic Director Cirque du Soleil: Quidam in Brazil.  

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