When American soprano Katie Van Kooten came down with a cold just before the final dress rehearsal of theÂ Lyric Opera of Kansas City'sÂ "La BohĂ¨me,"Â it became clear that she was not going to be able to "sing out" in her role as MimĂ¬.
But the show - or at least the rehearsal - went on.
The Magic Flute, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, first premiered in Vienna in 1791. A comic tale of love buffeted by the forces of good and evil, the opera is a singspiel, including both spoken dialogue and song.
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.
Artist Jun Kaneko grew up in Japan, but he's been based in Omaha, Neb. since the mid-1980's.Â He's known for his monumental ceramic sculptures, including his signature "dangos," or rounded forms - and heâ€™s also created scenic and costume design for opera.
Mozartâ€™s The Magic Flute 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.
The story of the rivalry between theÂ Capulets and the MontaguesÂ is familiar to fans of Shakespeare. But a variation on the theme of the secret, doomed love betweenÂ Romeo and Giulietta is explored in the Lyric Opera of Kansas City's production of TheÂ Capulets and the Montagues (I Capuleti e i Montecchi).
Vincenzo Bellini's opera premiered in 1830 and looked to early Renaissance sources for inspiration. Unlike Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet,Â Bellini'sÂ work Â focuses as much on the conflict between the families as it focusesÂ on the bondÂ between the lovers.
From London to New York, Joyce DiDonato has performed on some of the world's biggest stages, but Kansas City holds a special place in her heart.
In the second part of Tuesday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with the Prairie Village native about her latest role in the Lyric Opera's The Capulets & The Montagues. Opera general director and CEO Deborah Sandler joins the conversation, too.
"The Flying Dutchman" is an early opera by Richard Wagner. And, like many of Wagner's later works, it's rooted in myth. The Lyric Opera of Kansas City presents this tale of a ghost captain, cursed to roam the high seas. Every seven years, the captain goes ashore â€“ and if he finds true love, heâ€™ll be released from the curse.
Composer Kirke Mechem 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."
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 LiĂą, a slave girl, in the Lyric's production of "Turandot" in 2011.Â
Itâ€™s difficult today to imagine a time when the United States and China didnâ€™t have trade relations or communicate at all. But, in 1972, President Richard Nixonâ€™s visit to China, a once-demonized Communist regime, was heralded as â€śthe week that changed the world.â€ť
If you hear the word opera and think of a stuffy art form - with horned helmets and a large singing lady - think again. A new opera, co-commissioned by the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, is based on Lois Lowryâ€™s The Giver - a popular but controversial novel about a dystopian society.
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.
Kansas City, Mo. â€“ KCUR's Laura Spencer visited on a hot day in July (the expected high was 101), and filed this report.
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.
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.
Kansas City, MO â€“ In the Lyric Opera of Kansas City's production, professional opera singers and more than 20 children bring the story to life through song. KCUR's Laura Spencer spoke with a middle schooler and a high schooler who share the role of Fern.
Kansas City, MO â€“ For the past 14 years, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City has hosted elementary to high school-aged kids for its two-week opera camp. As KCUR's Steve Walker reports, this year's campers are working on an opera with significance to one of the camp's special guests.
Pinocchio will be presented on Friday, August 4, 2006 at 2:30 pm at the Lyric Theatre.