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We offer a wide array of educational experiences for people of all ages and opera expertise.

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Student Dress Rehearsal

Experience the magic of live opera

Student Dress Rehearsal Program - photo by Cory WeaverEach 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! In the Muriel Kauffman Theatre, all seats include titles with the translations so that students will be able to follow the action on stage.

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!

The program costs $885 for main stage artists visit, educational materials and the dress rehearsal for groups up to 100.  Or, $6 per person for educational materials and the dress rehearsal for groups up to 100.  Two adult chaperons are required per every 13 students at the final dress rehearsal, and the minimum group size is 15 (2 chaperons, 13 students). Each year the grade level appropriateness is determined for the opera and published online below.  Buses may be available through the Kauffman Center’s Open Doors Transportation Fund.

The Student Dress Rehearsals currently scheduled are listed below.  To book your visit or for questions contact Linda Brand, Director of Education and Community Engagement, at labrand@kcopera.org or (816) 802-6053.

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West Side Story Student Dress Rehearsal

Thursday, September 20, 2018 | 6 – 9 PM *only 500 seats available. Order now—pay by September 10.
For students grade 8 and above
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Keep your friends close, and your enemy’s sister closer.

When the only family you’ve ever known is a gang, and the only home you’ve ever had is a small patch of turf, anyone from anywhere else is an outsider. It’s here on the West Side, springing from a crack in the sidewalk and surrounded by despair, that the greatest love story ever retold blooms—and burns.

When opposites inevitably attract, and when the unlikely new couple tries to reconcile their worlds, the more their dream of finding a place of their own is torn apart. And from the first cigarette to the final “te adoro,” watching is such sweet sorrow.

With the original symphonic score, and Jerome Robbins’s original choreography adding a kick of kinetic eye candy, tonight truly won’t be just any night. UNDERSTAND EVERY WORD: Sung in English with English subtitles.

Madama Butterfly Student Dress Rehearsal

Thursday, November 1, 2018, 2017 | 6 – 9 p.m.
For students grade 8 and above
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

He loves her… Not.

Young love falls for an old lie, and so begins what may be the greatest argument against long distance relationships ever made. Puccini pours melodic perfection (and keeps ’em coming) as “the happiest girl in Japan” eagerly marries a swaggering, shallow U.S. Navy man who embodies the phrase “love is fleeting.”

Wrapped in rapturous musical beauty that will bring you to tears is a heartbreaking ending that will bring you to your knees. We can only watch as Butterfly floats toward her fate, like a moth to a flame, like a lamb to the slaughter. ‘Til death do them part. UNDERSTAND EVERY WORD: Sung in Italian with English subtitles.

Così fan tutte Dress Rehearsal

Thursday, March 14, 2019, 2017 | 6 – 9 p.m.
For students grade 8 and above
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Love is never a sure thing.

With a name that practically screams “master manipulator,” the cynical Don Alfonso goads two friends into making a not-so-friendly wager. Its outcome will either defend the virtue of the two sisters they love, or expose a duplicitous streak supposedly inherent in all women. Unknown to their brides-to-be, a battle of the sexes has begun, and the two men set out to test the faithfulness of their fiancées, but end up tempting Fate in the process.

In the midst of madcap machismo and pre-feminist farce, we find Mozart in Monte Carlo, sipping mojitos, reveling in the mischief, and leaving the rest of us to marvel at his musical masterpiece. UNDERSTAND EVERY WORD: Sung in Italian with English subtitles. 

Questions? Contact Linda Brand, Director of Education and Community Engagement, at labrand@kcopera.org or (816) 802-6053.

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