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Photo by Cory Weaver, Rigoletto, 2018

Orpheus KC

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

Young Friends of the Lyric is excited to announce our new name – Orpheus KC!  For years, YFL has served as an exciting outlet for arts and opera lovers in Kansas City, with opportunities to get involved, connect with like-minded enthusiasts, and support Lyric Opera of Kansas City.  Now, as Orpheus KC, whether you are new to the art form or a seasoned opera-goer, we have something for you!

Join us for events throughout the season, including happy hours and brunches, experience our concierge service at a performance, or attend our annual event, Orpheus Affair.

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.

Purchase a membership

All members have access to the exclusive Mezzanine level Guild lounge! This is a perfect place to enjoy complimentary white AND red wine, beer, hors d’oeuvres, coffee, and dessert during intermission(s)!

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Upcoming Events

Friday, September 27 | Reverse Happy Hour
Following the performance of The Abduction from the Seraglio
Anton’s KC (1610 Main St)


Sunday, September 29 | Brunch
11:00 AM
blue bird bistro (1700 Summit St)


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.


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  • YFL at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts



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