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Welcome to Lyric Opera’s 65th season of outstanding musical storytelling! We are thrilled to return to FOUR productions in the Kauffman Center.

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The Shows

In one of the most popular operas of all time, Bizet’s free-spirited femme fatale, Carmen, is the kind of woman your mother warned you about. We meet Carmen as the soon-to-be-smitten soldier, Don José, is arresting her. So powerful and potent is Carmen’s beauty and passion that he impulsively leaves behind a career in uniform and follows her into a new life among her people: smugglers and fortune-tellers. But their budding romance ends as abruptly as it started when Carmen takes up with a bullfighter named Escamillo. Fueled by jealousy and obsession, Don José tracks her down and confronts her at a bullfight, where we’ll find out if she has one last trick up her sleeve.

Music by Georges Bizet | Libretto by Ludovic Halévy and Henri Meilhac
Sung in French with English subtitles

Saturday, September 24, 2022 | 7:30 pm
Friday, September 30, 2022 | 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 2, 2022 | 2:00 pm

Violetta is a far-famed courtesan whose skills in seduction and savoir-faire attract admirers from the cream of the aristocratic crop. From this host of hedonistic heathenry emerges a youthful hopeless romantic, Alfredo. Soon swayed by his professions of love, Violetta forsakes her Parisian life of luxury and settles countryside with the love of her life. But Alfredo’s father, filled with preconceived notions about her scandalous past, pressures Violetta into leaving her one true love. With Verdi’s goosebump-inducing melodies serenading the star-crossed couple, a betrayed and broken-hearted Alfredo learns that Violetta has become bedridden with tuberculosis. He goes to her, and once in each other’s arms, love is rekindled, and redemption is swift. But is this happy reunion the first step toward a second chance or their last chance to say goodbye?

Music by Giuseppe Verdi | Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
Sung in Italian with English subtitles.

Saturday, November 5, 2022 | 7:30 pm
Friday, November 11, 2022 | 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 13, 2022 | 2:00 pm

Deep in the shadows of the Colorado Rockies and miles from where anyone can hear you scream; the Overlook Hotel awaits. For its new caretakers, the Torrance family, the only thing more unnerving than their profound seclusion and solitude is the realization that they are not the hotel’s only guests. While the young son with a sixth sense endures this house of horrors, his father faces demons – past and present, real and remembered – that ultimately turn him into a monster. What started as a desperate search for financial (and marital) sanctuary now spirals and sinks into a terrifying struggle for sanity and survival. Based on Stephen King’s best-selling novel and with music as haunting as the story is horrifying, only through opera does The Shining discover more frightening and fulfilling depths than ever before.

Music by Paul Moravec | Libretto by Mark Campbell
Based on the novel by Stephen King.
Sung in English with English subtitles.

Saturday, March 11, 2023 | 7:30 pm
Friday, March 17, 2023 | 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 19, 2023 | 2:00 pm

An intimate look at the father of the modern musical, featuring new arrangements of his most beloved work. Hailed as a “revelatory revue full of wonderful moments” and a “funny, affectionate and revealing tribute to musical theater’s greatest composer and lyricist,” Sondheim on Sondheim is an intimate portrait of the famed songwriter through his beloved songs and words. With exclusive interviews interspersed among favorite songs, audiences get an inside look at the renowned composer’s personal life and artistic process. Honoring the legacy of Stephen Sondheim, who passed away in November 2021, this production features wonderful Sondheim stylists accompanied by the Kansas City Symphony. Sondheim on Sondheim is included in your subscription. Friday subscribers will be seated in the Saturday performance in the same or comparable seats.

Saturday, May 6, 2023 | 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 7, 2023 | 2:00 pm


Family and Holiday Programming

Kansas City’s newest holiday tradition returns for the 2022 holiday season! Created in collaboration with master puppeteer Paul Mesner, this touching story will pull your heart and puppet strings. Just under forty-five minutes, Amahl and the Night Visitors is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season for family members of all ages. Add this production to your subscription to save 20% off the single-ticket price.

Music and Libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti
Sung in English with English subtitles.

Friday, December 2, 2022 | 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 3, 2022 | 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 4, 2022 | 2:00 pm
Friday, December 9, 2022 | 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 10, 2022 | 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 11, 2022 | 2:00 pm


Join us at the Lyric Opera Production Arts Center for Listen, Wilhelmina!, a zany interactive children’s opera exploring a kaleidoscope of styles and all the different ways there are to listen. Three wombats have come to their first concert. One of them, Wilhelmina, is beside herself with excitement. She can’t stop clapping, singing, or even dancing when she’s supposed to be quiet (much to the horror of the other Wombats, Ranger Nat, and the very famous conductor). Appropriate for all ages, Listen, Wilhelmina! is specially designed for children ages 3—8. Stick around after the show for a host of fun (and educational) activities!

Music by David Hanlon | Libretto by Kathleen Kelly

Saturday, April 15, 2023 | 11:00 am & 1:00 pm
Sunday, April 16, 2023 | 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm


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