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January 28 and 29, 2017
Presented by Lyric Opera of Kansas City
Lyric Opera of Kansas City - Michael and Ginger Frost Production Arts Building
712 E. 18th Street, KCMO 64108 (at the corner of 18th and Charlotte)

Elvis Costello’s The Juliet Letters were written in 1992 and recorded by the artist himself, together with the Brodsky Quartet. A collection of songs for voice and string quartet, with a few quartet-only interludes, they had an unusual inspiration: Costello heard that the lovelorn actually write letters to Shakespeare’s Juliet and leave them at her supposed ‘balcony’ in Verona, Italy. Costello came up with his own stylized "letters" and set them to music, using the idea as a platform for the exploration of young love. Musically the material lies somewhere between that of his pop albums and his Shakespearean orchestral ballet Il Sogno of 2004, a more purely "classical" work. Elvis Costello’s emotional and poignant renderings of some of these letters became the song cycle The Juliet Letters.

The program will be sung by the Lyric Opera Resident Artists accompanied by the Fry Street Quartet within a special scenic environment created for this concert. In-event hospitality provided by Young Friends of the Lyric.

Tickets are $35, $30 for Lyric Opera Subscribers. Ticket holders can enjoy a complimentary reception following the performance.

Sat 1/28/17 8:00PM Lyric Opera of Kansas City Elvis Costello's The Juliet Letters
Sun 1/29/17 2:00PM Lyric Opera of Kansas City Elvis Costello's The Juliet Letters


Dead Man Walking

March 4 - 12, 2017
Presented by Lyric Opera of Kansas City
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

A Journey of Faith

One of the most frequently performed contemporary operas in recent years, Dead Man Walking is the story of a profound spiritual journey taken by a nun and a convicted killer about to face the ultimate sentence. Based on the book by Sister Helen Prejean, the opera delves into the conflict between the act of murder, society’s demand for retribution and the Christian foundation of redemption and forgiveness. Dead Man Walking is an unforgettable experience and promises to leave you stunned and breathless.

Estimated run time of 2 hours and 43 minutes including one 20 minute intermission. Sung in English with English subtitles. Please note: Dead Man Walking will contain brief nudity, graphic violence and explicit language.

Sat 3/4/17 7:30PM Muriel Kauffman Theatre Dead Man Walking
Wed 3/8/17 7:30PM Muriel Kauffman Theatre Dead Man Walking
Fri 3/10/17 7:30PM Muriel Kauffman Theatre Dead Man Walking
Sun 3/12/17 2:00PM Muriel Kauffman Theatre Dead Man Walking



March 19, 2017
Presented by Lyric Opera of Kansas City
Lyric Opera of Kansas City - Michael and Ginger Frost Production Arts Building
712 E. 18th Street, KCMO 64108 (at the corner of 18th and Charlotte)

Lyric Opera’s Resident Artists will close the first season of Explorations as they started it – with an intimate concert experience designed for you to get to know them further as artists. This time they’ll be singing some of their favorite song cycles by American composers, with selections from among the compositions of Jake Heggie (composer of the opera Dead Man Walking, a Lyric Opera 2016-17 season production), Lori Laitman, Robert Paterson, and Gabriel Kahane, and others.

Tickets are $20, $15 for Lyric Opera Subscribers. Ticket holders can enjoy a complimentary reception following the performance. In-event hospitality provided by Young Friends of the Lyric.

Sun 3/19/17 2:00PM Lyric Opera of Kansas City Art Song Series: American Voices


The Pirates of Penzance

April 22 - 30, 2017
Presented by Lyric Opera of Kansas City
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

High Jinks on the High Seas

Gilbert and Sullivan’s cheeky and charming operetta abounds with pirates, maidens and a Major General with the true gift of gab. Featuring hyperkinetic lyrics, madly colorful sets and a bevy of bungling bobbies, this production promises to be an evening of pure fun. Young Frederic, instantly smitten by the lovely Mabel but beholden to a Pirate King, and beleaguered by the Major General, must fulfill his sense of duty while staying true to his love. Sound complicated? That’s because only in The Pirates of Penzance will you hear the words ‘’lot o’ news’’ rhymed with “hypotenuse.’’

Estimated run time of 2 hours and 15 minutes including one 20 minute intermission. Sung in English with English subtitles.

Sat 4/22/17 7:30PM Muriel Kauffman Theatre The Pirates of Penzance
Wed 4/26/17 7:30PM Muriel Kauffman Theatre The Pirates of Penzance
Fri 4/28/17 7:30PM Muriel Kauffman Theatre The Pirates of Penzance
Sat 4/29/17 2:00PM Muriel Kauffman Theatre The Pirates of Penzance
Sun 4/30/17 2:00PM Muriel Kauffman Theatre The Pirates of Penzance

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