Deborah Sandler

10:52 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Russell Patterson, Former Opera And Symphony Director, Dies At 85

Russell Patterson served as the Kansas City Symphony's first music director, and as the Lyric Opera of Kansas City's general artistic director for four decades.

Updated: Friday, October 4, 11:15 a.m.

Russell Patterson, general artistic director of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City for four decades, as well as one of its founders, died Wednesday; he was 85. Patterson was also the first music director for the Kansas City Symphony.

From 1957 to 1998, Patterson served as the Lyric's artistic director. In a history of the company posted on its website, he's credited with sparking the idea:

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4:36 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Lyric Opera Officially Opens New Center

Recently retired general director Evan Luskin and Artistic Director Ward Holmquist prepare to cut the ribbon.
Laura Spencer KCUR

The Lyric Opera of Kansas City on Friday marked the official opening of its new $10.5 million, two-building facility in the Crossroads Arts District.

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5:25 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Kansas City's Lyric Opera Changes Leadership

Retiring Lyric Opera of Kansas City General Manager Evan Luskin

Changes are happening at Kansas City’s Lyric Opera. Its general director, Evan Luskin, is retiring next month after 26 years with the company. 

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5:30 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Deborah Sandler Takes The Helm At Lyric Opera

Deborah Sandler has been appointed the new general director of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City as of July 1, 2012.

The Lyric Opera of Kansas City today announced the appointment of Deborah Sandler as the new general director as of July 1, 2012.

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