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At Ease With Opera

The Kansas City Lyric Opera Guild is proud to present 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.

The 2018 – 2019 AT EASE programs

Featuring Così fan tutte

Singing Elegance: Great Interpreters of Mozart
February 25, 2019 | 7:00 PM | Kauffman Foundation
Join renowned tenor Vinson Cole, director of LOKC’s Resident Artist Program, for an introduction to some of the greatest Mozart interpreters of the past. Learn what makes these singers and their performances iconic and unforgettable. RSVP below.

Divine Child, Hated Rival: Untangling the Mozart Myths
March 4, 2019 | 7:00 PM | Kauffman Foundation
Mozart holds a special place in the collective imagination for his music and for tales about his character and life. UMKC Assistant Teaching Professor of Musicology Matteo Magarotto discusses portrayals of Mozart from Pushkin to AmadeusRSVP below.

Morals and Irony in Mozart’s Così fan tutte
March 11, 2019 | 7:00 PM | Kauffman Foundation
Join University of Kansas musicologist Martin Nedbal to discuss the delightful mixture of moralizing and irony in Così fan tutte, through the context of theatrical traditions in Vienna at the time, as well as other Italian operas and German plays that might have inspired Mozart and da Ponte. RSVP below.

RSVP – At Ease With Opera: Così fan tutte

Featuring The Pearl Fishers

Locating South Asia on the Musical Stage and Screen: From Donizetti to Bollywood
April 8, 2019 | 7:00 PM | Kauffman Foundation
South Asian cultures captivated the imaginations of European opera creators in the 19th century; this fascination continues even today. Join UMKC musicologist William Everett as he discusses Donizetti’s The Outcast to Lakmé to Bollywood films. This repertory also brings up difficult questions about colonialism and institutional racism on the musical stage. RSVP below.

French Opera: Grand, Comic and Everything in Between
April 15, 2019 | 7:00 PM | Kauffman Foundation
France was the home of GRAND Opera, where everything was serious, and every note was sung; it was also home to COMIC Opera, where everything was cheerful and there was dialogue between arias. Then Bizet writes Carmen, and changes everything.  Hear how Bizet bucked tradition, led by Linda Ade Brand, LOKC Director of Education/Engagement and her husband, opera super-fan Robert Gibby Brand. RSVP below.

“Pearls are always appropriate.”  – Jacqueline Kennedy
April 22, 2019 | 7:00 PM | Kauffman Foundation
…and as a Chinese proverb has it, “Pearls lie not on the seashore. If you wish for one you must dive for it.” The Pearl Fishers is not as well-known as Carmen, but like the latter, it brims with great arias, a duet for the ages, wonderful melodies, stirring drama, and an exotic setting. Getting to know this opera will greatly enhance your enjoyment of the Lyric Opera production. Join Lyric Opera Guild preview speaker Don Dagenais to delve into the plot and musical highlights of this unique and beautiful work. RSVP below.

RSVP – At Ease With Opera: The Pearl Fishers


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