As the world takes a pause, wondering what it’s like on the other side of the COVID-19 crisis, Lyric Opera of Kansas City and our community of artists look forward to celebrating the recovery with our supporters. We are confident that when we come back together, we will be proud of our efforts to bring the Lyric through this crisis. Our beloved art form will endure, with your help!

As we plan for a dynamic season featuring La traviata, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, and Carmen, the Lyric faces new challenges. But it’s not just about our company. The crisis is also affecting the artists community. We checked in with one creative family, the Belchers, to hear how they are persevering through this adversity.

Danny and Kathleen Belcher are internationally renowned artists in the opera world who make their home in the Kansas City area with their daughter, Maddie. Many of us have experienced their creative talents at Lyric Opera of Kansas City, most recently when Danny performed as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly and Kathleen directed La bohème in November. They have a message for you.

 

Dear friends and supporters of the arts in Kansas City, 

Like you, while we navigate this ever-changing situation, we try to maintain as much normalcy as possible. And, like many artists, as well as the large group of behind-the-scenes professionals, we are dealing with the disruption of our finances, the loss of projects we spent a lot of time and energy on, and trying to stay motivated to work, but lacking any certainty about the future.

We are in good spirits, though. In the 18 years we have been together, this will literally be the longest period of time that we have all been together at home! We are also grateful to be in Kansas City, where we feel the strong community support of the arts – we can’t take for granted how lucky we are to live in such an arts-rich region.

We have been asking ourselves why art, storytelling, singing, and teaching are so important. It’s because they’re shared experiences, like the Lyric Opera performances you enjoy. When singers, stage crew, musicians, technical and production staffers, costume and makeup artists, and audience members come together to share essential art, that experience simply cannot be duplicated.

People frequently ask us how to help. You can support the Lyric, the organization that will bring us all back to opera! Please join us and donate to Lyric Opera of Kansas City today. They need you now more than ever, to ensure that Lyric Opera of Kansas City will perform next season!

Sincerely, 

Danny and Kathleen Belcher

P.S. We are both participating in next season – Danny in La traviata, and Kathleen directing Carmen, and we will be bursting at the seams to be a part of great storytelling again. The importance of our arts organizations is going to be more evident than ever: a reminder of what beauty we can achieve as a community, and as a team.

 

To ensure a successful return, we are launching a $250,000 Special Gifts Campaign. Our Trustees and closest supporters have already committed $100,000 to this campaign, and invite you to join them in raising the curtain on the Lyric’s 2020-2021 season.

For more information about giving to Lyric Opera, please contact Jonathan Thomas at jthomas@kcopera.org. Thank you for your generosity to Lyric Opera of Kansas City!

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