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Student Dress Rehearsals

Experience the magic of live opera.

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 dress rehearsal, teachers receive access to curricular resources to ensure students acquire tools to unlock opera’s potential. To further the experience, teachers may schedule an in-school or virtual Lyric Opera Prelude prior to the dress rehearsal.

2022 – 2023 Student Dress Rehearsals

Sondheim on Sondheim
Thursday, May 4, 2023 | 6:00 pm
Run time: ~2.5 hours
Sung in English with English titles

2023 – 2024 Student Dress Rehearsals

Cavalleria rusticana | Pagliacci
Thursday, September 21, 2023 | 6:00 pm
Sung in Italian with English titles

The Sound of Music
Thursday, November 2, 2023 | 6:00 pm
Sung in English with English titles

Roméo et Juliette
Thursday, March 7, 2024 | 6:00 pm
Sung in French with English titles

Journey to Valhalla
Wednesday, May 1, 2024 | 6:00 pm
Sung in German with English titles

All shows are recommended for grades 5 and above. For more information regarding content, reach out to education@kcopera.org.

All operas are accompanied by the Kansas City Symphony.

Not certain which opera to attend with your students? Click here for a season fact sheet.

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Package 1– $6 per individual (dress rehearsal seating and access to curricular resources) with optional Lyric Opera Prelude for $200


Minimum Group Size– 10 attendees

Registration & Payment

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Please review the suggested registration timeline below according to dress rehearsal date.

  • 30 days prior- registration and preliminary number of attendees due
  • 17 days prior- final number of attendees due
  • 14 days prior- invoices issued
  • 7 days prior- payment and list of attendee names due

Payment may be made by check or card.

Lyric Opera Prelude

A Lyric Opera Prelude designed especially for your class in alignment with curricular goals can be scheduled prior to the dress rehearsal. Deliverable in-person at your school or virtually, these sessions are facilitated by Lyric Opera education staff and and artists. Lyric Opera Preludes are crafted to orient students to the world of opera and invite consideration of how opera can open their world.

Location & Arrival

All dress rehearsals will be the held at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre. Groups should arrive 30 minutes early to ensure adequate time for seating.

Transportation & Parking

Transportation to and from the Kauffman Center is the responsibility of the visiting group. Funding to help schools defray the cost of transportation may be available through the Kauffman Center’s Open Doors Transportation Fund. Buses may be accommodated at the Kauffman Center.

Parking is available in the Arts District Garage or on nearby streets. Parking in the garage costs either $3 or $10 per vehicle and is payable onsite.


Groups with individuals requiring accommodations are encouraged to reach out to education@kcopera.org.


Emily Bridges, Manager of Learning
(816) 802-6053

Neal Long, Director of Learning
(816) 802-6054

Student and Educator Rush Tickets

Can’t make it to the dress rehearsal? There’s another option! Discounted student and educator rush tickets are available 90 minutes before each performance or two weeks prior by calling our ticketing line at (816) 871-7344. Tickets will be held at will call and school ID must be presented for pick up. More information is available here.

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