The Haberdasher Prince

A new opera for families.

April 6, 2024

April 7 – 23, 2024

The Haberdasher Prince is a new opera for families. In a far-off land, a very musical king has a not-very-musical son. Everyone pretends to enjoy the prince’s terrible concerts, but a bold village girl refuses to play along. The king demands she be punished, but the prince shows mercy. Happily, the prince and the peasant girl devise an arrangement showcasing their true talents. All performances will be immediately followed by group discussions to foster personal and meaningful connections to the art.

Based on The Haberdasher Prince by Dina Gregory, an Audible Original

The Haberdasher Prince is 55 minutes in length, followed by 30 minutes of post-show discussion.

MUSIC Rosabella Gregory

WORDS Dina Gregory

CONDUCTOR Piotr Wiśniewski

DIRECTOR Jerry Jay Cranford

ENSEMBLE newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble

Principal Cast

Kelli Van Meter

Role: Querulous String

Christine Boddicker

Role: Clear String

Benjamin Ruiz

Role: Playful String

José Oliváres

Role: Stately String

Creative Team

Rosabella Gregory

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Dina Gregory

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Piotr Wiśniewski


Jerry Jay Cranford

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Steven C. Kemp

Scenic Designer

Nancy Robinson

Costume Designer

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With public support from the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

This production and commission of The Haberdasher Prince was made possible by a generous grant from the Hall Family Foundation.

Additional support for this project is generously provided by the John W. and Effie E. Speas Memorial Trust; Bank of America, N.A., Trustee; the Lyric Opera of Kansas City Foundation – Hearst Fund; the Mader Foundation; and the R. A. Long Foundation.