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Rigoletto Community Events

Join us as for a series of community events surrounding Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s production of Rigoletto, presented on March 3, 7, and 9 (7:30 p.m.) and March 11 (2:00 p.m.), at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Click here to buy tickets or call (816) 471-7344.

Explore the Score: Rigoletto ~ February 15

February 15, 2018 | 7:00 PM
Michael & Ginger Frost Production Arts Building 
(712 E 18th St, KCMO, 64108)

Join conductor David Charles Abell (Silent Night, 2015; Carmen, 2016) and stage director, David Gately (La traviata, 2014) for a personal introduction to the music and characters of this Verdi masterpiece.



At Ease with Opera ~ February 20 and 26

Verdi: The Galley Years

Tuesday, February 20 | 7:00 p.m.
Kauffman Foundation (4801 Rockhill Rd., KCMO, 64110)

Prior to composing Rigoletto, Verdi spent many years writing early works, slowly honing his craft. He later called these his “galley years,” and opera aficionados Bob Wise and Don Dagenais will explore them, complete with video and audio excerpts.

No weather cancellation for this event. It will be held as scheduled. 

Rigoletto: Where Verdi Hits His Stride

Monday, February 26 | 7:00 p.m.
Kauffman Foundation (4801 Rockhill Rd., KCMO, 64110)

Join us as we explore the revolution in operatic composition that Verdi wrought with Rigoletto. We will discuss the compositional background, history, plot and music of one of Verdi’s greatest masterpieces. This program is designed for the novice and experienced opera-goer alike, so come join us to learn something new about this masterpiece. Don Dagenais is the speaker.

First Friday ~ March 2, 2018

Friday, March 2 | 5:00 p.m.
Beth Ingram Administration Offices
 (1725 Holmes St, KCMO, 64108)

The theme for March is “Twisted Love,” and the event features the Resident Artists in selections from Rigoletto, refreshments (including “Love-Drunk Punch”), and a quiz themed “Fifty Shades of La donna è mobile.”

Admission is free and open to everyone. No RSVP necessary; the short musical program repeats each hour.

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