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Orpheus KC

On the left, a stylized lyre with the words "Orpheus KC" to the right

Young Friends of the Lyric is now – Orpheus KC! It’s a new name, but our commitment to introducing new audiences to the art of opera remains the same. Orpheus KC offers arts lovers new to the art of opera opportunities to get involved, connect with like-minded enthusiasts, and support Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Join us for events throughout the season, including happy hours and brunches, experience our concierge service at performances and our annual event, Orpheus Affair. It is an opportunity to get to know a new art and new friends, who, like you, are just getting initiated to what, we know, will become a life-long love of opera.

Orpheus KC memberships are available online now, click the link below to become a member today! Memberships last 12 months from the time of purchase. For questions call Ticketing & Patron Services at (816) 471-7344.

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Upcoming Events

As the curtain rises once more on opera productions with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, we are excited to relaunch our Orpheus KC Spring Cocktail Club … with a twist! This time our trio of spring happy hours will be hosted at Lyric Opera’s Richard J. Stern Center and each will feature a bite-sized crash course on an element of opera led by a resident expert. An educational amuse-bouche always pairs perfectly with a cocktail. Now that’s a happy hour!

Tickets are required for attendance with a $30 ticket offering you access to all three exclusive gatherings that offer free drinks and appetizers. In accordance with LOKC building policy and CDC guidelines, all attendees must provide proof of vaccination – including booster. 

Thursday, April 21 | 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Explore the Set Vault

Thursday, May 26 | 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
2022-2023 Lyric Opera Season Preview

Thursday, June 30 | 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Topic TBD


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Brunch Before Tosca

Blue Bird Bistro

Sunday, May 8 | 11:00 am

RSVP Required

It may not be Rome, but we promise a holiday of a Sunday Funday with your friends at Orpheus KC as we host Brunch Before Tosca ahead of Puccini’s tale of passion and pretext at the Kauffman Center! Join us to toast the season finale of Lyric Opera’s triumphant return to mainstage productions.

RSVP is free but REQUIRED. Orpheus KC members and lovers of the arts and opera will gather in the Westside North for a marvelous meal by our friends at Blue Bird Bistro. Blue Bird Bistro is renowned for its delicious menu of locally sourced, organic, all-natural, and sustainable delights…the culinary concoctions, cocktails, and conversation are sure to be a hit!



All aboard the new Orpheus Summer Travel Society, where Orpheus KC members and art lovers are invited to journey together on weekend getaways to explore opera summer festivals across the country! The Society launches June 2022, as we travel by train across the state to St. Louis to explore the local arts, stay in a trendy new boutique inn, and catch two spectacular summer productions by Opera Theatre of St. Louis – a classic, The Magic Flute, and a world premiere, Harvey Milk.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of the first Orpheus Summer Travel Society cohort as we make meaningful connections and build the next generation of opera enthusiasts.

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For more information about Orpheus KC, contact us at OrpheusKC@kcopera.org or find us on social media @orpheusKC


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  • YFL at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

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