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.
We are sad to share that in an abundance of caution around COVID-19, Orpheus KC has made the difficult decision to cancel our annual gala, Orpheus Affair: Stardust. Our mission to connect new audiences with the incredible art of opera must also take into consideration the safety and well-being of our opera community. Despite our best efforts, we ultimately came to the conclusion that we could not guarantee the safety of those in attendance, while still providing an enjoyable, engaging, and unforgettable in-person experience.
We will relaunch Orpheus Affair: Stardust in August 2021, with plans to transport you and lovers of art and opera from across the metro to a celestial celebration unlike anything you have ever seen. We can’t wait to see you at the cosmic disco then!
Meet our Board
Brian Wayne Anthony Dykstra is the Chair of Young Friends of the Lyric. He is a descendant of the 6th Earl of Sussex. He enjoys polo and a very sophisticated side eye. When he’s not watching Downton Abbey and ruing the fact that the second sentence is false, he is a theatre, opera, and bourbon aficionado who spends his 9 to 5 hours working in development and fundraising for Quality Hill Playhouse in downtown Kansas City. His better half was the mezzo-soprano Resident Artist for the Lyric for the 2016-17 season, Samantha Gossard. They both have an undying love for Chip and Joanna Gaines.
Shannon Rolle currently serves as the Membership Chair for the Young Friends of the Lyric. She is also the Manager of Development Operations with the Lyric Opera. She is from Arkansas originally and has become a Kansas City local. She enjoys trying new things and discovering new and exciting spots in KC. Opera is a new passion for Shannon. Her background is in theatre, but Opera is quickly becoming her favorite art form. There is always a new journey and experience with each performance.
Jenna Newsome is a Northland dweller dedicated to the arts of all kinds. She started singing at 2, acting at 7, and trained in classical and opera during her teens. Currently, she loves leading worship at her church on Sunday mornings. Jenna is a new member to the YFL board and she will be serving at the Boutique on performance nights. She loves to laugh, have a good time, and is always up for a new adventure! She also has a 1 year old Yorkie named Moose who she loves dearly- Go Royals!
Andrew Garton is a new Kansas City convert, having moved recently to the area from Springfield, Mo – birthplace of Route 66 and Cashew Chicken, deathplace of Wild Bill Hickok and John Gotti. With a love for the arts since youth, he realized his talents were best utilized off stage and Andrew is eager to help serve Young Friends of The Lyric and spread the good news of opera to all who’ll hear. He serves as the Assistant Director of Philanthropic Giving at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.
Emerson Rapp moved to Kansas City in 2008 and has been an avid fan of live theater and opera his entire life. Emerson has pursued acting, writing, and directing and wished to continue to preserve the performing arts for this generation and for generations to come knowing the arts are a key to the human condition and to bring humanity together. While not writing lofty and poetic words, Emerson helps local manufacturers as a components specialist at Rensenhouse and is an advocate for organ and tissue donation through Donate Life.
Rhocia Ibok is a Kansas City native with a long-standing love for the arts. She grew up going to theatre productions and playing her violin. She fell in love with opera, specifically Don Giovanni, while in college studying music. Her idea of a fun time is hanging out, reading a good book, and singing Hamilton and anywhere and everywhere. Currently working as an AmeriCorps VISTA she is looking forward to joining the Young Friends of Lyric and learning more about the arts community in Kansas City.