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All upcoming productions, programs, and events available for purchase are listed below. For questions, contact Ticketing & Patron Services at 816.471.7344.

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Summer Opera Camp - 7/25 - 8/5

July 25 - August 5, 2016;
11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
with Optional EarlyBird (8:30 a.m.) and Advanced Class (4:30 p.m.) options available

Lyric Opera of Kansas City - Michael and Ginger Frost Production Arts Building
712 E. 18th Street, Kansas City, MO 64108

Experience in-depth professional vocal and acting instruction.
Summer Camp teaches children and teens in grades 3-12 the singing and acting skills required to perform on stage. Students are introduced to the world of opera and have the opportunity to audition for children’s choruses in Lyric Opera main stage productions and for the Ginger Frost High School honors Artists program for aspiring singers.

This year, campers will study Bizet's Carmen in-depth, participate in music and staging rehearsals, and enjoy special guest presentations. Students grades 9-12 also have the option of auditioning for Lyric Opera's Ginger Frost High School Honors Artists program, which includes voice lessons, master classes, performance opportunities and scholarships.

Lyric Opera of Kansas City Summer Opera Camp - 7/25 - 8/5



September 11, 2016
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)

Meet Lyric Opera’s first class of Resident Artists as they showcase some of their favorite pieces from the operatic repertoire. Our Resident Artists will fill the Michael and Ginger Frost Production Center with their voices and their personalities.

This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited so RSVP's are required. Ticket holders can enjoy a complimentary reception following the performance.

Sun 9/11/16 2:00PM Lyric Opera of Kansas City Meet the Resident Artists


Hansel and Gretel

September 17 - 25, 2016
Presented by Lyric Opera of Kansas City
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Single tickets don't go on sale to the general public until August 2016. BUT, season subscriptions are on sale now! Subscriptions start at ONLY $79 and you can SAVE UP TO 63% over single ticket prices. SUBSCRIBE TODAY

Some Treats Aren't So Sweet

This opera, based on the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale of a brother and sister, was actually written by a brother and sister. Humperdinck was persuaded to write the music by his sister, Adelheid, who wrote the libretto. The setting for this production has been reimagined as a fantasy carnival world delightfully enhanced by performers from Doug Varone & Dancers with set and costumes by Tony Award nominee David Zinn. Sprinkled with familiar melodies and topped with a happy ending, Hansel and Gretel promises to be a sweet start to the season.

Sung in German with English subtitles and suitable for children (and adults) who aren’t afraid of clowns.

Sat 9/17/16 7:30PM Muriel Kauffman Theatre Hansel and Gretel
Wed 9/21/16 7:30PM Muriel Kauffman Theatre Hansel and Gretel
Fri 9/23/16 7:30PM Muriel Kauffman Theatre Hansel and Gretel
Sun 9/25/16 2:00PM Muriel Kauffman Theatre Hansel and Gretel



October 1, 2016
Presented by Lyric Opera of Kansas City
Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral
415 W. 13th St., Kansas City, MO 64105

This fascinating program combines Schubert Lieder with special arrangements of songs by the Beatles in a format that showcases their similarities and differences. Pianists Steven Blier and Michael Barrett, along with violinist Charles Yang, soprano Sari Gruber, tenor Andrew Owens and baritone Theo Hoffmann, explore the music and the connections between these iconic artists, who captured the spirit of their age. The program is a collaboration with the New York Festival of Song, with its vision of reinventing the classical solo song recital as an experience of musical discovery, presenting familiar repertory in contexts that allow us to hear it in a new way.

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

Sat 10/1/16 8:00PM Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral Schubert | Beatles


The Marriage of Figaro

November 5 - 13, 2016
Presented by Lyric Opera of Kansas City
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

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All You Need Is Love

Few operas are as delightful as Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, considered by many to be the most perfect opera ever written. Picking up where The Barber of Seville left off, it’s now several years later and the bloom is off the rose. Count Almaviva has developed a wandering eye and has set his sights on Figaro’s bride-to-be, Susannah, neglecting his own wife. What follows is a rousing and poignant comedy of misplaced identities, misbegotten plans and general misbehaving. All ends well as love is restored, families are reunited and Figaro finally gets his bride.

The Marriage of Figaro is a new co-production with Opera Philadelphia, San Diego Opera and Palm Beach Opera and will premier at Lyric Opera of Kansas City.

Sung in Italian with English subtitles. Suitable for children who have had their first crush.

Sat 11/5/16 7:30PM Muriel Kauffman Theatre The Marriage of Figaro
Wed 11/9/16 7:30PM Muriel Kauffman Theatre The Marriage of Figaro
Fri 11/11/16 7:30PM Muriel Kauffman Theatre The Marriage of Figaro
Sun 11/13/16 2:00PM Muriel Kauffman Theatre The Marriage of Figaro



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 set of 17 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 a String Quartet within a special scenic environment created for this concert.

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

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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.

Sung in English with English subtitles. Parental advisory: opera will contain brief nudity, graphic violence and explicit language and is best suited for those age 18 and up.

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.

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

Single tickets don't go on sale to the general public until August 2016. BUT, season subscriptions are on sale now! Subscribe this season and SAVE ALMOST $200 off orchestra single tickets. SUBSCRIBE TODAY

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.’’

Sung in English with English subtitles and suitable for children who still pretend they’re pirates.

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
Sun 4/30/17 2:00PM Muriel Kauffman Theatre The Pirates of Penzance

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