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Elixir Related Events

Learn about all of the events surrounding the production of The Elixir of Love, which ran March 12 – 20, 2016.  Questions?  Contact us or call Ticketing & Patron Services at 816.471.7344.

The Elixir of Love Community Events:

Made in America: Opera, Art and Love

Friday, January 29, 2016
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art – Atkins Auditorium
FREE Event, RSVP requested

Inspired by the regional artists Thomas Hart Benton and Grant Wood, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s production of The Elixir of Love celebrates the heartland.  Hear Lyric Opera of Kansas City apprentice artists and chorus members perform excerpts from the opera in a fun comparison with its classic music theater cousin, The Music Man.  Get a sneak peek of the set design, then view paintings by the artists who inspired the design.

This event is underwritten by R.C. Kemper, Jr. Charitable Trust, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee


Fourth Annual "Art of Love" Valentine Coffee

Saturday, February 13, 2016
9:00 – 11:30 a.m. (performance starting at 10:00 a.m.)
Kansas City Museum – Corinthian Hall
FREE Event, RSVP required

Scarritt Renaissance Coffee Club and the Kansas City Museum are delighted to present the Fourth Annual “ART OF LOVE” Valentine Coffee in Corinthian Hall at the Kansas City Museum. Take in the warm, neighborly love as you enjoy decadent sweets and savories while enjoying a unique sneak peek performance of the The Elixir of Love by the Lyric Opera of Kansas City.

Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love is a Valentine of an opera about a boy, a girl, and a love potion. The setting has been re-imagined as early 20th century America in a style reminiscent of Grant Wood and Thomas Hart Benton. Come celebrate the heart and the heartland with Lyric Opera of Kansas City apprentice artists and chorus members, who perform excerpts from Elixir paired with its classic music theater cousin, The Music Man.

Breakfast hors d’oeuvres and gourmet coffee at 9:00 a.m. with the Lyric performance starting at 10:00 a.m., and lasting approximately 50 minutes.

Free to attend BUT RSVP is required to Paul Gutierrez at paul.gutierrez@kcmo.orgSpaces are Limited (with both seated and standing RSVPs available for the performance)


Elixir Mixir

Saturday, February 20th
3:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Lyric Opera of Kansas City – Beth Ingram Administration Building
Tickets are $45, $40 for Lyric Opera subscribers and support group members

The Elixir Mixir, for fun-loving guests age 21+, will combine story elements from The Elixir of Love with the Thomas Hart Benton-inspired set design and our own local “elixirs”, creating a unique upscale pub-crawl experience.  The event begins at the administrative offices of Lyric Opera of Kansas City, where guests (and some special guests from The Elixir of Love cast) begin by getting a taste of the opera and its regional artist/Americana update.  Then, via shuttle bus, we’ll visit the Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio for a guided tour followed by a wine tasting at Amigoni Urban Winery and a special “elixir” cocktail and appetizer at Affäre.  The shuttle will then bring guests back to the Lyric Opera of Kansas City.

This event is underwritten by R.C. Kemper, Jr. Charitable Trust, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee


Meet the Past: Thomas Hart Benton and Grant Wood

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Reception 6:00 p.m., Program 6:30 p.m.
Kansas City Public Library – Central Library (14 W. 10th St., KCMO)
FREE Event, RSVP Required
To RSVP click below, visit kclibrary.org/mtp or call 816.701.3407

The latest installment of Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III spotlights two of the Midwest’s greatest artists, Kansas City’s Thomas Hart Benton and Iowan Grant Wood, painter of the iconic American Gothic.

Kemper, the Library’s director, holds a public conversation with Benton and Wood as respectively portrayed by veteran actor Robert Gibby Brand and the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s Matt Rapport. The event is co-presented by the Lyric Opera of Kansas City in conjunction with its production of The Elixir of Love later in March. Taking inspiration from Benton for its costumes, and from Wood for scenery, the Lyric resets Gaetano Donizetti’s sentimental comedy in early 20th-century America.

Major funding for Meet the Past is provided by the R.C. Kemper Jr. Charitable Trust, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee. The presentation will be taped by KCPT-TV for later broadcast.

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The Elixir of Love First Friday Opera Preview

Friday, March 4, 2016
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Lyric Opera of Kansas City – Beth Ingram Administration Building
FREE Event

Join Lyric Opera for some good old fashioned fun! Enjoy food, drinks, performances and a classic county fair at Lyric Opera’s offices in the Crossroads.

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At Ease With Opera - The Elixir of Love

February 22, 29 and March 7, 2016
7:00 p.m.
Kauffman Foundation
FREE Events, no RSVP needed

Learn the basics about the opera, details about the composer and some inspiration behind the updated theme in three At Ease lectures surrounding The Elixir of Love.  The Kansas City Lyric Opera Guild presents the award-winning At Ease With Opera lecture series. All programs are FREE to attend. Feel free to dress casually and please arrive early to guarantee a seat.  Programs are held at the Kauffman Foundation at 4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110 unless otherwise noted.

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Student Dress Rehearsal - The Elixir of Love

Thursday, March 10, 2016
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts – Muriel Kauffman Theatre
Program must be booked in advance

Each year Lyric Opera of Kansas City invites students to attend a final dress rehearsal at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts where they will be enthralled by the music and drama of the opera. Prior to the final dress rehearsal, teachers receive a packet of educational materials to prepare their students for what to expect, to create an entire lesson plan about the opera, and to ensure students gain the most from their experience. There is also an option to schedule an in-school visit from a main stage cast member, pianist and Lyric Opera Education Department staff member!  View the booking information for pricing options and more program information.

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