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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 subtitles so that students will be able to follow the action on stage.

Prior to the dress rehearsal, teachers receive a packet of educational materials to prepare their students for what to expect, to create a 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 cast member, pianist and Lyric Opera Education Department staff member!

The program costs $885 for a mainstage artist 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 chaperones are required per every 13 students at the dress rehearsal, and the minimum group size is 15 (2 chaperones, 13 students). Each year the grade level appropriateness is determined for the opera and published below.  Buses may be available through the Kauffman Center’s Open Doors Transportation Fund.

To book your visit or for questions contact Patron Services at patronservices@kcopera.org or (816) 471-4933.

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Student Dress Rehearsals for the 2019-20 Season

The Abduction from the Seraglio

Final Dress Rehearsal
Thursday, September 19, 2019
6:00-9:00 pm

Rated PG13 | Best suited for grades 8 and older.

 Composer: Wolfgang Mozart
Librettist: Gottlieb Stephanie
Conductor: Michael Christie
Director:  Alison Moritz

THE ONLY THING HARDER THAN BREAKING INTO HOLLYWOOD IS BREAKING OUT.

This risqué rom-com transplants Mozart’s trademark melodies to 1930s Tinseltown, where a “legitimate businessman” kidnaps a dishy deb with even prettier pipes and locks her away in his swanky nightclub.

While her honey puts together a plan to free the club’s new canary from her cage, her singing sparks a sweetness beneath the intimidating exterior of the buttoned-up boss. But with a gorilla guarding the door to her dressing room, it’ll take more than a little luck to break her outta the joint. Until then, the showgirl must go on.

UNDERSTAND EVERY WORD: The Abduction from the Seraglio will be sung in German, with English subtitles.

To book your visit, or for questions, contact Patron Services at patronservices@kcopera.org or (816) 471-4933.


La bohème

Final Dress Rehearsal
Thursday, November 7, 2019
6:00-9:00 pm

Rated PG | Best suited for grades 6 and older.

Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Librettists: Luigi Illica & Giuseppe Giacosa
Conductor: David Charles Abell
Director: Kathleen Smith Belcher

LOVE IS FLEETING. LOVERS EVEN MORE SO.

Paris is for lovers…Puccini is for opera lovers. At the crossroads, an unrivaled romance sets bright bohemian rhapsodies against a tragic trajectory, blending into one of opera’s quintessential tearjerkers.

It’s here, on a brisk, candlelit night, that a young seamstress loses her keys and finds the love of her life.

The merciless winter chill seeps and creeps through the couple’s drafty dwelling until it permeates their hearts, replacing hope and happiness with doubt and jealousy. The two lovers are finally reunited – and their love rekindled – by a tragic turn of a events that ultimate leaves one of them consumed by grief, and the other by consumption.

C’es la vie. C’est l’amour. C’est l’opera.

UNDERSTAND EVERY WORD: La bohème will be sung in Italian, with English subtitles.

To book your visit, or for questions, contact Patron Services at patronservices@kcopera.org or (816) 471-4933.


Lucia di Lammermoor

Final Dress Rehearsal
Thursday, March 5, 2020
6:00-9:00 pm

Rated PG13 | Best suited for grades 8 and older.

Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
Librettist: Salvadore Cammarano
Conductor: Carlo Montanaro
Director: Shawna Lucey

COME FOR THE WEDDING. STAY FOR THE FUNERAL.

Despite ominous premonitions, young Lucia stokes the fire of a forbidden love with her brother’s greatest political enemy. But with her once-wealthy family balanced on the brink of bankruptcy, she is forced to do her familial duty and marry the head of a rival family. Convinced by her ambitious brother that her true love has been unfaithful, she signs the marriage contract. When her former flame finds out, he flips out. And that’s when the wedding cake hits the finials.

With tragedy rivaling Romeo and Juliet, and violence reminiscent of Psycho, a day that began with a wedding march now ends with a funeral procession. And a little club soda will NOT get this out.

UNDERSTAND EVERY WORD: Lucia di Lammermoor will be sung in Italian, with English subtitles.

To book your visit, or for questions, contact Patron Services at patronservices@kcopera.org or (816) 471-4933.


The Shining

Final Dress Rehearsal
Thursday, April 23, 2020
6:00-9:00 pm

Rated PG13 | Best suited for grades 8 and older

Composer: Paul Moravec
Librettist: Mark Campbell
Based on the novel by Stephen King
Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
Director: Eric Simonson

DAD HASN’T BEEN HIMSELF LATELY, OR LITERALLY.

Deep in the shadows of the Colorado Rockies, nestled between the middle of nowhere and miles from where anyone can hear you scream, waits the Overlook Hotel. For its new caretakers, the Torrance family, the only thing more unnerving than their profound seclusion is the realization that they are not the hotel’s only guests.

The young son with a sixth sense endures the house of horrors as his father faces demons – past and present, real and remembered – that ultimately turn him into a monster. What started as a desperate search for financial (and marital) sanctuary, spirals into a terrifying struggle for sanity and survival.

With music as haunting as the story is tragic, only through opera does The Shining reach more frightening depths than ever before.

UNDERSTAND EVERY WORD: The Shining will be sung in English, with English subtitles.

To book your visit, or for questions, contact Patron Services at patronservices@kcopera.org or (816) 471-4933.




Can’t make the Student Dress Rehearsal? 

There’s another option! We are excited to offer a change to our Student Rush program this year. Instead of having to wait until 90 minutes before a performance, students and teachers can now reserve their $15 Student Rush tickets online two weeks before the show! Seats will be assigned by our staff and tickets will be available to pick up at Will Call. Keep an eye on your email – we’ll send a link when tickets are available.   If you do not receive a link please contact Ashley Benes by email at abenes@kcopera.org.

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