opera http://kcur.org en Kansas City Art Institute Students Interpret Lyric Opera's 'Die Fledermaus' http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-art-institute-students-interpret-lyric-operas-die-fledermaus <p>It's a Thursday morning in the rehearsal space at the Lyric Opera Center in the Crossroads Arts District. About 20 students from the Kansas City Art Institute stand on either side of a long table covered with sketches, floor and building plans and colorful set drawings. They reach into pockets to snap photos with cell phones, or focus in with larger cameras.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:58:43 +0000 Laura Spencer 54947 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Art Institute Students Interpret Lyric Opera's 'Die Fledermaus' WATCH: Lyric Opera's Apprentice Program Nurtures Young Voices http://kcur.org/post/watch-lyric-operas-apprentice-program-nurtures-young-voices <p>For the past 25 years, the <a href="https://www.kcopera.org/programs/apprentice-program/">Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s apprentice program </a>has offered graduate-level voice students at the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri-Kansas City a chance to develop their operatic skills on a professional stage.</p><p>Auditions for the two-year program are competitive; there are only about a handful of positions. The apprentices then have the opportunity to appear in either two or three productions at the Lyric each year.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Julie Denesha 54883 at http://kcur.org WATCH: Lyric Opera's Apprentice Program Nurtures Young Voices '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 [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 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 Mezzo-Soprano Joyce DiDonato Becomes A 'Drama Queen' http://kcur.org/post/mezzo-soprano-joyce-didonato-becomes-drama-queen <p></p><div>Opera superstar <strong>Joyce DiDonato</strong> won a <a href="http://www.grammy.com/" target="_blank">Grammy</a> this year for <a href="http://www.grammy.com/nominees?genre=5" target="_blank">Best Classical Vocal Solo</a>.<br><br>The Prairie Village native and mezzo-soprano was the star of a TV special titled <a href="http://kcpt.org/pbsartskc/">"<strong>Homecoming"</strong></a> produced by Kansas City's <a href="http://kcpt.org" target="_blank">KCPT</a> and PBS Arts. The concert with the <a href="http://kcsymphony.org" target="_blank">Kansas City Symphony </a>at the newly-opened <a href="http://kauffmancenter.org" target="_blank">Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts</a> was broadcast nationally, and now, she has a <strong>new disc</strong> out titled "Drama Queens," which she recorded in Italy in July.</div><p> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 16:07:44 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske 27569 at http://kcur.org Mezzo-Soprano Joyce DiDonato Becomes A 'Drama Queen' 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 Mezzo Soprano Joyce DiDonato Returns Home After Grammy Win http://kcur.org/post/mezzo-soprano-joyce-didonato-returns-home-after-grammy-win <p>Prairie Village native <strong>Joyce DiDonato</strong> just won a <a href="http://www.joycedidonato.com/2012/02/14/joyce-didonato-wins-her-first-grammy%C2%AE-award/" target="_blank">Grammy</a> for best classical vocal solo and travels the world performing in opera houses far and wide as one of this planet&#39;s best-loved mezzo sopranos. Mon, 19 Mar 2012 22:12:53 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske 14494 at http://kcur.org Mezzo Soprano Joyce DiDonato Returns Home After Grammy Win 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 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-53c1dad0de8cb-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53c1dad0de8cb-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53c1dad0de8cb-"></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-53c1cc2e65ee7-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53c1cc2e65ee7-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53c1cc2e65ee7-"></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 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