Community Conversations uses opera to discover our shared humanity, on and off the stage. We invite the culturally curious to explore the “here and now” implications of productions in a series of free events featuring live music and stimulating conversation. No prior opera knowledge needed!
Community Conversations: Sospiro e luce, Breath and Light
Wednesday, October 19, 2022, 7:00-8:30 pm
Simple Empathy, 2018 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64108
In partnership with Simple Empathy
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 breath and breath workers in Kansas City.
Community Conversations: Notes of Seville
Wednesday, September 7, 2022, 7:00-8:30 pm
Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th Street, Kansas City, MO 64112
In partnership with Kansas City Sister Cities Association, Seville Chapter
Carmen is rooted in the culture and geography of Seville, Spain. Seville may seem worlds away from Kansas City, but it’s closer than you think! As our oldest sister city, Seville and Kansas City have influenced each other for more than 50 years. Learn more about this historical relationship in an event featuring discussion, live music, and a walking tour of the Plaza to discover local notes of Seville.