Lyric Opera of KC to Continue Season with Vinson Cole & Friends in January

Lyric Opera of KC to Continue Season with Vinson Cole & Friends in January

Lyric Opera of Kansas City continues its 57th season with a very special event, Vinson Cole & Friends, on Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 4pm at the historic Folly Theatre. This benefit for Lyric Opera will include Christine Brewer and Daniel Belcher for an evening of opera classics. All have strong Missouri ties: Daniel Belcher called Kansas City home for several years and performed with Lyric Opera of Kansas City several times. Christine Brewer began her career with the St. Louis Symphony Chorus and performed several times with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Vinson Cole, a beloved Kansas City treasure, received his training at University of Missouri-Kansas City and is currently a member of the faculty of their Conservatory of Music and Dance.

This concert, co-chaired by Mr. J. Michael Sigler and Dr. Maria Kunstadter, will honor Vinson Cole for his illustrious career and recognize his contributions to music in Kansas City and around the world. A reception will follow with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at the Folly. Tickets range from $20 - $75 and can be purchased at 816.471.7344 or online at kcopera.org. High resolution headshots can be found here .

"Kansas City has many boasting rights," said Deborah Sandler, General Director and CEO of Lyric Opera of Kansas City. "Among them is counting some of opera's most distinguished musical and operatic talents as its citizens. Vinson Cole, having grown up in KC, is foremost among international leading operatic tenors. He is he held in universally high esteem by his colleagues and we at Lyric Opera of Kansas City want to celebrate his achievements. Helping to honor him are two other operatic stars, Christine Brewer and Daniel Belcher."

Born in 1950, tenor Vinson Cole studied at the University of Missouri, Kansas City before attending the Philadelphia Musical Academy and the Curtis Institute of Music. In 1977, Cole won the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, the WGN Competition, and was awarded both the Rockefeller Foundation and the National Opera Institute grants. Cole's career took off from there as he went on to perform principal roles with the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Opèra National de Paris, Paris Opera-Bastille, Teatro alla Scala, and many more. Cole became well known for his interpretation of French repertoire after singing in the Manon centennial performances with Paris's Opera Comique in 1984. Since then, he has performed singular interpretations in such roles as Lakmè, Carmen, Don Carlos, and Faust.