Of the 97 opera productions in Lyric Opera’s repertoire, a remarkable 29 of them are American in origin. Of the four operas performed each year, one is typically by an American composer. Examples include Samuel Barber’s Vanessa, Carlisle Floyd’s Of Mice and Men, and John Brown by contemporary composer Kirke Mechem. Opera rarities represented by the adventurous company include Mozart’s unfinished The Goose from Cairo, the John Philip Sousa operetta The Free Lance, and Virgil Thomson’s The Mother of Us All. The Lyric also offers plentiful educational programs for every student demographic such as spring and summer opera camps, Opera for Teens, and more. After spending four decades in the Capri Theater, the Lyric moved to the newly built Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts for the 2011-12 season.
Lyric Opera of Kansas City Information
- Public Transportation: Good (easily accessible by bus 47 at 17th Street/Broadway Street; and buses 173 and the MAX at 16th Street/Wyandotte Street)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Four productions and 16 performances
- Ticket Prices: Prices vary by date, time, and performance; contact for more details. Student tickets are available one hour prior to each performance for $10
- Membership: The Lyric Opera Guild and Bohemians (for ages 21–40) are membership groups that actively support the opera in a variety of different programs. Members are invited to participate in special opera trips, lectures, and other events throughout the year.