Pictured: “La bohème.’ Lyric Opera of Kansas City, 2014. Photo by Cory Weaver
Lyric Opera of Kansas City has announced the four mainstage productions, along with directors and partial casts, that will make up its 2019-2020 season.
The season, which takes place at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, kicks off this fall with “The Abduction from the Seraglio,” followed by “La bohème,” featuring production designs built in Kansas City. The spring brings “Lucia di Lammermoor” and the Kansas City Premiere of “The Shining.” All performances will be accompanied by members of the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra.
“Our 2019-2020 season was designed to show the breadth and scope of not only the opera canon but the continued commitment to quality that our Company has accomplished,” says General Director and CEO Deborah Sandler. “The productions offer our audiences a combination of traditional and adventuresome repertoire, drawn from 200+ years of musical styles and diverse subject matter, from
Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s 2019-2020 Season (from the press release):
“The Abduction from the Seraglio”
By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Gottlieb Stephanie
Conducted by Michael Christie
Directed by Alison Moritz
Sung in German with English subtitles
September 21 – 29, 2019
The great screwball comedies such as “It Happened One Night” owe much to Mozart and his librettist Gottlieb Stephanie. While the feisty heroines Konstanze and Blonde endure forced labor in the Pasha’s swanky nightclub, their sweethearts Belmonte and Pedrillo hatch an elaborate plan to rescue them. Hilarity ensues, including disguises, misplaced affection, ladders, and sleeping potions. The quartet is captured during
Cast: Ben Bliss (Belmonte), Kathryn Lewek (Konstanze), Rachele Gilmore (Blonde), Matthew Boehler (Osmin).
By Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa
Sung in Italian with English subtitles
Featuring set and costumes built by Kansas City Lyric Opera
Conducted by David Charles Abell
Directed by Kathleen Smith Belcher
November 9 – November 15, 2019
“La bohème” has often been described as the work that converts the “opera-curious” to “opera-lover.” Puccini’s incandescent melodies, lush score, and a plot centered around young love and starving artists in Paris have proved to be an intoxicating combination for the romantic in all of us. We love the bright bohemian rhapsodies set against the tragic inevitability of Mimì’s illness, and like Rodolfo and Mimì, we wait for spring and the rekindling of romance. Two new Kansas City favorites lead Lyric Opera’s beguiling traditional production: Raquel González as Mimì and Georgy Vasiliev as Rodolfo.
Cast: Raquel González (Mimi), Georgy Vasiliev (Rodolfo), Sylvia D’Eramo (Musetta), Timothy Renner (Marcello), and Christian Zaremba (Colline).
“Lucia di Lammermoor”
By Gaetano Donizetti
Libretto by Salvadore Cammarano
Sung in Italian with English subtitles
Conducted by Carlo Montanaro
Directed by Shawna Lucey
March 7 – 15, 2020
Poor Lucia! Her once-wealthy family is near bankruptcy, and her ambitious brother pushes her into marriage with a man she doesn’t love – but Lucia has already made a secret marriage vow with her true love from a rival family, Edgardo. Convinced by her brother that Edgardo has been unfaithful, she signs the marriage contract. But the day that begins with a wedding march ends with murder, and a descent into madness. Sarah Coburn debuts with Lyric Opera in the demanding role of Lucia.
Cast: Sarah Coburn (Lucia), Evan LeRoy Johnson (Edgardo), Troy Cook (Enrico), and Adam Lau (Raimondo).
Kansas City Premiere
Music by Paul Moravec
Libretto by Mark Campbell
Based on the novel by Stephen King
Sung in English with English subtitles
Conducted by Gerard Schwarz
Directed by Eric Simonson
April 25 – May 3, 2020
Lyric Opera closes the 2019-20 season with the second-ever production of “The Shining.” Based on Stephen King’s 1977 novel, the opera begins as a desperate search for financial and marital
Cast: Edward Parks (Jack Torrance), and Kelly Kaduce (Wendy Torrance).
For more information on Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s season visit kcopera.org.