Lyric Opera Of Kansas City Announces 2019-2020 Season
Lyric Opera of Kansas City General Director and CEO Deborah Sandler today announced its 2019-2020 season. The season includes four mainstage productions at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, including spectacular productions of The Abduction from the Seraglio and Lucia di Lammermoor that are new to Kansas City, a beloved production of La boh me that was built right here by Lyric Opera, and the KANSAS CITY PREMIERE of The Shining. All performances will be accompanied by members of the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra.
General Director and CEO Deborah Sandler stated, Our 2019-2020 season was designed to show the breadth and scope of not only the opera canon but the continued commitment to quality that our Company has accomplished. The productions offer our audiences a combination of traditional and adventuresome repertoire, drawn from 200+ years of musical styles and diverse subject matter, from forced marriage to the Bohemian life to screwball comedy to the haunting of the Overlook Hotel. We're delighted to bring superb casts to our productions, blending some of the opera world's most well-known voices with new and exciting talent. Who can forget the magnificent US debut of soprano Karah Son as Cio-Cio San in our recent production of Madama Butterfly? Expect more exciting Lyric Opera debuts in 2019-2020.
Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio
The season begins with the Kansas City operatic debut of Prairie Village native, Ben Bliss. Singing the role of Belmonte in Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio which he performed previously at The Metropolitan Opera Bliss is quickly making his mark in the operatic world. This recently-created production transplants Mozart's melodies to 1930s Hollywood, the perfect setting for this uproarious comedy.
Puccini's La boh me
Puccini's tender, beautiful tragedy remains the opera that makes people fall in love with our art form. Lyric Opera's November 2019 performances of La boh me mark the returns of two singers that made remarkable debuts in the past two seasons: Lawrence, KS native Raquel Gonz lez (Tatyana in Eugene Onegin, 2017) as Mim , and Georgy Vasiliev (Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, 2018) as Rodolfo. The Bohemians who struggle to survive and love will beguile you in this traditional production.
Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor
Lyric Opera brings out the vocal fireworks in Lucia di Lammermoor, the bravura Bel Canto work based on The Bride of Lammermoor by Sir Walter Scott. The tragic love affair between young Lucia and her family's enemy, Edgardo, comes to life in a dark and arresting production that is new to Kansas City. Notable debuts include Sarah Coburn as Lucia and up-and-coming director Shawna Lucey.
Moravec and Campbell's The Shining
The haunting story of the Torrance family's winter at the Overlook Hotel reaches more frightening depths than ever before, through opera. Lyric Opera will be the first company to produce this work since its world premiere at Minnesota Opera in 2016, which attracted record audiences. The opera's vocal thrills, combined with awe-inspiring visual effects, will make The Shining an unforgettable experience for Kansas City.
The 2019-2020 Lyric Opera of Kansas City season is sponsored by the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts and the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation.
Subscribers have access to the best seats at the best prices, with savings of up to 44% over single ticket prices. They also receive the first opportunity either to keep their original seats or to secure new seats before the general public. Subscribers to the 2018-19 season will receive subscription renewal information beginning the week of February 11, 2019 and will have until May 10, 2019 to renew or improve their current subscription and seat locations. Reservations for new subscriptions will go on sale to the general public at the same time. Renewing subscribers receive priority seating. Single tickets will go on sale to the general public on Monday, July 15, 2019, with Subscriber Courtesy Week July 8 13, when subscribers can purchase additional single tickets to any show for 25% off.
Season ticket packages range from $81 to $516. For ticket information, visit the Lyric Opera website or contact Lyric Opera Ticketing & Patron Services at (816) 471-7344.
Lyric Opera of Kansas City is committed to making opera accessible to all groups by providing great discounts and special services to group ticketholders. Plus, orders of 10 or more seats receive up to a 25% off discount. Lyric Opera of Kansas City is happy to accommodate groups of all sizes, with added perks like FREE seats for event organizers, pre-opera entertainment, and dining discounts. Groups can start reserving tickets July 8.