Lyric Opera of Kansas City http://kcur.org en A Bohemian Tale Of Love and Loss In The Lyric's 'La Bohème' http://kcur.org/post/bohemian-tale-love-and-loss-lyrics-la-boh-me <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When American soprano <a href="http://www.katievankooten.com/">Katie Van </a></span><a href="http://www.katievankooten.com/">Kooten</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> came down with a cold just before the final dress rehearsal of the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.kcopera.org">Lyric Opera of Kansas City's</a>&nbsp;"La Bohème,"&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">it became clear that she was not going to be able to "sing out" in her role as </span>Mimì<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. </span></p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 19:29:16 +0000 Julie Denesha 52612 at http://kcur.org A Bohemian Tale Of Love and Loss In The Lyric's 'La Bohème' 'The Magic Flute' Reimagined http://kcur.org/post/magic-flute-reimagined <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="https://www.kcopera.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/mfguide.pdf"><em>The Magic Flute</em></a>, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, first premiered in Vienna in 1791. </span>A comic tale of love buffeted by the forces of good and evil, the opera is a singspiel, including both spoken dialogue and song.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the Lyric Opera of Kansas City's production, artist and ceramicist Jun Kaneko, based in Omaha, Neb., designed the fanciful set design and costumes. </span></p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 22:38:15 +0000 Julie Denesha 46468 at http://kcur.org 'The Magic Flute' Reimagined Immersion In Music Inspires Jun Kaneko's 'The Magic Flute' http://kcur.org/post/immersion-music-inspires-jun-kanekos-magic-flute <p>Artist <a href="http://www.junkaneko.com/">Jun Kaneko </a>grew up in Japan, but he's been based in Omaha, Neb. since the mid-1980's.&nbsp; He's known for his monumental ceramic sculptures, including his signature "dangos," or rounded forms - and he’s also created scenic and costume design for opera.</p><p>Mozart’s <em>The Magic Flute</em> marks Kaneko's third opera. The set is almost entirely digital animated projection, with colorful, whimsical costumes. The Lyric Opera of Kansas City opens the production this weekend at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Laura Spencer 46414 at http://kcur.org Immersion In Music Inspires Jun Kaneko's 'The Magic Flute' Russell Patterson, Former Opera And Symphony Director, Dies At 85 http://kcur.org/post/russell-patterson-former-opera-and-symphony-director-dies-85 <p><em>Updated: Friday, October 4, 11:15 a.m.</em></p><p>Russell Patterson, general artistic director of the <a href="http://www.kcopera.org/">Lyric Opera of Kansas City</a> for four decades, as well as one of its founders, died Wednesday; he was 85. Patterson was also the first music director for the <a href="http://www.kcsymphony.org/">Kansas City Symphony</a>.</p><p>From 1957 to 1998, Patterson served as the Lyric&#39;s artistic director. In a history of the company posted on its website, he&#39;s credited with sparking the idea:</p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 03:52:27 +0000 Laura Spencer 44601 at http://kcur.org Russell Patterson, Former Opera And Symphony Director, Dies At 85 'The Capulets And The Montagues,' Love In A World Of Conflict http://kcur.org/post/capulets-montagues-love-world-conflict <p><span style="font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px; ">The story of th</span>e rivalry between the&nbsp;Capulets and the Montagues&nbsp;is familiar to fans of Shakespeare. But a variation on the theme of the secret, doomed love between&nbsp;<span style="font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px; ">Romeo and Giulietta is explored in t</span>he Lyric Opera of Kansas City's production of<em> The&nbsp;Capulets and the Montagues</em> (<em>I Capuleti e i Montecchi</em>).</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 14:17:21 +0000 Julie Denesha 43764 at http://kcur.org 'The Capulets And The Montagues,' Love In A World Of Conflict Singing A Renaissance Aria http://kcur.org/post/singing-renaissance-aria <p></p><p>From London to New York, <strong>Joyce DiDonato</strong> has performed on some of the world's biggest stages, but Kansas City holds a special place in her heart.</p><p>In the second part of Tuesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, Steve Kraske talks with the Prairie Village native about her latest role in the Lyric Opera's <em>The Capulets &amp; The Montagues</em>. Opera general director and CEO Deborah Sandler joins the conversation, too.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 15:00:02 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 43770 at http://kcur.org Singing A Renaissance Aria [VIDEO] Designer Creates World Of 'The Capulets And The Montagues' http://kcur.org/post/video-designer-creates-world-capulets-and-montagues <p><a href="http://www.kcopera.org/">Lyric Opera of Kansas City</a>'s production of <em><a href="http://www.kcopera.org/_docs/13-14_season/cmsyn.pdf">The Capulets and the Montagues</a>&nbsp;(I Capuleti e i Montecchi)</em> premieres later this month. It's the story of Romeo and Juliet, told by Italian composer <span class="st">Vincenzo </span>Bellini.</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Julie Denesha 43243 at http://kcur.org [VIDEO] Designer Creates World Of 'The Capulets And The Montagues' Kansas City Ballet And Lyric Opera Open Doors To First Friday Crowds http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-ballet-and-lyric-opera-open-doors-first-friday <p>To celebrate the opening of the 2013-2014 season, <a href="http://www.kcopera.org/">Lyric Opera of Kansas City</a> and <a href="http://www.kcballet.org/">Kansas City Ballet</a> threw open their doors to scores of First Friday crowds.&nbsp;<br> Sat, 07 Sep 2013 16:22:43 +0000 Julie Denesha 43265 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Ballet And Lyric Opera Open Doors To First Friday Crowds Lyric Opera Presents Classic Comedic Opera http://kcur.org/post/lyric-opera-presents-classic-comedic-opera <p>Love conquers all in <a href="http://tickets.kcopera.org/single/psDetail.aspx?psn=3873">"The Mikado</a>," a comic opera by <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilbert_and_Sullivan">Arthur Sullivan and W. S. Gilbert</a> introduced in London in 1885. The Lyric Opera of Kansas City presents the satirical comedy in five performances through April 28.</p><p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 20:03:31 +0000 Julie Denesha 35367 at http://kcur.org Lyric Opera Presents Classic Comedic Opera [VIDEO] 'The Flying Dutchman' Captain Cursed To Sail The High Seas http://kcur.org/post/video-flying-dutchman-captain-cursed-sail-high-seas <p>"The Flying Dutchman" is an early opera by Richard Wagner. And, like many of Wagner's later works, it's rooted in myth. The <a href="http://www.kcopera.org/">Lyric Opera of Kansas City</a> presents this tale of a ghost captain, cursed to roam the high seas. Every seven years, the captain goes ashore – and if he finds true love, he’ll be released from the curse. Wed, 06 Mar 2013 11:37:08 +0000 Julie Denesha 32906 at http://kcur.org [VIDEO] 'The Flying Dutchman' Captain Cursed To Sail The High Seas Composer Kirke Mechem On Realizing What Opera Could Be http://kcur.org/post/composer-kirke-mechem-realizing-what-opera-could-be <p>Composer <a href="http://kirkemechem.com/">Kirke Mechem</a> grew up in Topeka, Kansas, but he's lived in San Francisco since 1963. He says he still considers himself a Midwesterner: "You can take the boy out of Kansas, but you can never take Kansas out of the boy." Sat, 26 Jan 2013 23:27:03 +0000 Laura Spencer 31002 at http://kcur.org Composer Kirke Mechem On Realizing What Opera Could Be Projecting Emotion In The Lyric Opera Of Kansas City's 'Il Trovatore' http://kcur.org/post/projecting-emotion-lyric-opera-kansas-citys-il-trovatore <p>When it comes to the plot of <span class="st">Giuseppe Verdi's </span>opera <em>Il Trovatore</em> - which revolves around a love triangle, murder, and revenge - audiences are advised to suspend their disbelief and enjoy the music.</p><p> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 10:35:00 +0000 Laura Spencer & Julie Denesha 26731 at http://kcur.org Projecting Emotion In The Lyric Opera Of Kansas City's 'Il Trovatore' Cultures Collide In 'Madama Butterfly' At The Lyric Opera http://kcur.org/post/cultures-collide-madama-butterfly-lyric-opera <p>The tragic tale of love and betrayal marks the return of soprano Elizabeth Caballero to the Lyric Opera as the title character in "Madama Butterfly." Cabellero performed the role of Liù, a slave girl<i>, </i>in the Lyric's production of "Turandot" in 2011.&nbsp; Fri, 14 Sep 2012 20:38:08 +0000 Julie Denesha 24501 at http://kcur.org Cultures Collide In 'Madama Butterfly' At The Lyric Opera Lyric Opera Officially Opens New Center http://kcur.org/post/lyric-opera-officially-opens-new-center <p>The <a href="http://www.kcopera.org/">Lyric Opera of Kansas City</a> on Friday marked the official opening of its new $10.5 million, two-building facility in the Crossroads Arts District. Fri, 07 Sep 2012 21:36:46 +0000 Laura Spencer 24165 at http://kcur.org Lyric Opera Officially Opens New Center Kansas City's Lyric Opera Changes Leadership http://kcur.org/post/kansas-citys-lyric-opera-changes-leadership <p>Changes are happening at <strong>Kansas City&rsquo;s <a href="http://kcopera.org" target="_blank">Lyric Opera</a></strong>. Its general director, <strong>Evan Luskin</strong>, is retiring next month after 26 years with the company.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 22:25:43 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske 16595 at http://kcur.org Kansas City's Lyric Opera Changes Leadership Top Of The Morning News: Friday, March 9, 2012 http://kcur.org/post/top-morning-news-friday-march-9-2012 <p>A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.</p> <p> UMKC Business School Breaks Ground<br /> Kansas Republicans Ready For Caucuses<br /> Missouri House Votes to Protect Gun Owners<br /> Workplace Discrimination Bill Heads To Governor Nixon<br /> Opera Explores Nixon’s Visit To China<br /> A Fan's Notes: The Madness of March</p> Fri, 09 Mar 2012 13:31:56 +0000 Maria Carter 13916 at http://kcur.org Opera Explores Tensions And Symbolism In Nixon's Visit To China http://kcur.org/post/opera-explores-tensions-and-symbolism-nixons-visit-china <p>It&rsquo;s difficult today to imagine a time when the United States and China didn&rsquo;t have trade relations or communicate at all. But, in 1972, President Richard Nixon&rsquo;s visit to China, a once-demonized Communist regime, was heralded as &ldquo;the week that changed the world.&rdquo; Fri, 09 Mar 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Laura Spencer 13876 at http://kcur.org Opera Explores Tensions And Symbolism In Nixon's Visit To China Deborah Sandler Takes The Helm At Lyric Opera http://kcur.org/post/deborah-sandler-takes-helm-lyric-opera <p>The Lyric Opera of Kansas City today announced the appointment of Deborah Sandler as the new general director as of July 1, 2012. Sandler will succeed Evan Luskin, who retires on June 30 after 26 years with the company, including 14 years as general director.</p> Thu, 01 Mar 2012 11:30:00 +0000 Laura Spencer 13390 at http://kcur.org Deborah Sandler Takes The Helm At Lyric Opera Novel Gets New Life Through Opera http://kcur.org/post/novel-gets-new-life-through-opera <p>If you hear the word opera and think of a stuffy art form - with horned helmets and a large singing lady - think again. A <a href="http://tickets.kcopera.org/single/psDetail.aspx?psn=3564">new opera</a>, co-commissioned by the <a href="http://www.kcopera.org/">Lyric Opera of Kansas Cit</a>y, is based on <a href="http://www.loislowry.com/">Lois Lowry</a>&rsquo;s <em>The Giver</em> - a popular but controversial novel about a dystopian society.</p><p><strong>Turning a Novel into an Opera</strong></p> Wed, 04 Jan 2012 18:00:00 +0000 Laura Spencer 10139 at http://kcur.org Novel Gets New Life Through Opera Building the Lyric Opera of Kansas City's "Turandot" http://kcur.org/post/building-lyric-opera-kansas-citys-turandot <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d7d805f1c72-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d7d805f1c72-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d7d805f1c72-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-988313.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, Mo. – This summer's heat didn't affect the staff building scenery for the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, probably the first time in three decades. In June, the Lyric moved tools, lumber, and other items from an un-air conditioned space in the East Bottoms to a new production facility in the East Crossroads.</p> Wed, 28 Sep 2011 16:01:00 +0000 Laura Spencer 2308 at http://kcur.org Building the Lyric Opera of Kansas City's "Turandot" Lyric Opera's General Director Evan Luskin to Retire http://kcur.org/post/lyric-operas-general-director-evan-luskin-retire <p>Kansas City, Mo. – After a quarter century with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Evan Luskin, the Lyric's general director, and previously, managing director, plans to retire in 2012.</p> Wed, 16 Mar 2011 18:43:00 +0000 Laura Spencer 2187 at http://kcur.org Lyric Opera's General Director Evan Luskin to Retire Lyric Opera Announces Season in Kauffman Center http://kcur.org/post/lyric-opera-announces-season-kauffman-center <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d7c33f00990-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d7c33f00990-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d7c33f00990-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-948356.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, Mo. – The Lyric Opera of Kansas City, one of the three resident companies at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, has announced its 2011-2012 season, its first in the new venue. As KCUR's Laura Spencer reports, the announcement began with a twist.</p> Tue, 25 Jan 2011 16:16:00 +0000 Laura Spencer 2104 at http://kcur.org Lyric Opera Announces Season in Kauffman Center Lyric Opera of Kansas City Presents "Charlotte's Web" http://kcur.org/post/lyric-opera-kansas-city-presents-charlottes-web <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d7ee668f9e4-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d7ee668f9e4-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d7ee668f9e4-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-836324.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, MO – In E.B. White's classic novel "Charlotte's Web," a pig called Wilbur, the runt of the litter, is raised by a young girl named Fern and befriended by a spider named Charlotte.</p> Fri, 08 May 2009 15:36:00 +0000 Laura Spencer 1461 at http://kcur.org Lyric Opera of Kansas City Presents "Charlotte's Web" Lyric Opera Camp http://kcur.org/post/lyric-opera-camp <p>Kansas City, MO – For the past 14 years, the <a href="//www.kcopera.org/">Lyric Opera of Kansas City</a> has hosted elementary to high school-aged kids for its two-week opera camp.</p> Tue, 01 Aug 2006 13:59:00 +0000 Steve Walker 913 at http://kcur.org Lyric Opera Camp