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In the News

Recent Lyric Opera press coverage can be found below.  For production reviews, click here.  Over time links may no longer be valid, please contact the news organization for articles if they are no longer available online.  For press inquiries, contact Ellen McDonald, Publicity Consultant, at 816.444.0052 or publicity@kcopera.org.


November 4, 2016 – The Bridge 90.9 FM with Jon Hart
#GiveBackFriday: The Lyric Opera


November 4, 2016 – KCUR 89.3 FM by Julie Denesha
With ‘The Marriage Of Figaro,’ Kansas City’s Lyric Opera Joins Together Multiple Partners


November 2, 2016 – KCPT’s Flatland by Hampton Stevens
The Weekend Starts Today: Eat A Sandwich Edition


October 31, 2016 – Arts Magazine on KKFI 90.1 FM with Michael Hogge
“Nice Work If You Can Get It” & “Marriage Of Figaro”


October 29, 2016 – The Kansas City Star by Patrick Neas
The Classical Beat: Lyric Opera presents ‘Marriage of Figaro’ in its 18th-century glory


October 28, 2016 – The Gayly by Rob Howard
KC Lyric Opera’s Figaro is a rousing and poignant comedy


October 14, 2016 – The Independent by Paul Horsley
FIDELITY, MUTUAL: Lyric Opera’s New ‘Figaro’ brings World-Class Team to Joint Commission


October 11, 2016 – Broadwayworld.com
Lyric Opera of Kansas City to Present All-New Co-Production of The Marriage of Figaro


September 23, 2016 – The Kansas City Star by Kate Miller
A night at the opera: Kansas City’s best fasion


September 22, 2016 – KCPT Arts Upload with Randy Mason and Maris Aylward
Season 4, Episode 3


September 21, 2016 – KCPT’s Flatland by Hampton Stevens
The Weekend Starts Today: The Not-Really-Fall Edition


September 14, 2016 – KSHB.com and Kansas City Live (KCL)
Hansel & Gretel In KC


September 12, 2016 – Arts Magazine on KKFI 90.1 FM with Michael Hogge
“Kiss Of The Spider Woman” & “Hansel & Gretel”


September 11, 2016 – The Kansas City Star by Patrick Neas
The Classical Beat: Lyric Opera’s ‘Hansel and Gretel’ will mix Grimm and glitz


September 8, 2016 – KCPT Arts Upload with Randy Mason and Maris Aylward
Season 4, Episode 1


September 2, 2016 – KCUR 89.3 FM by Laura Spencer
Five Years On, What Does The Kauffman Center Mean To Kansas City?


August 29, 2016 – The Independent by Paul Horsley
STOP CLOWNING: Lyric’s season opener retells Grimm tale with wit and a tad of darkness


August 27, 2016 – The Kansas City Star by David Frese
Fall arts guide: A bounty of shows, a Kauffman Center birthday


August 23, 2016 – The Kansas City Star by Dan Kelly
Fall events: KC’s guide to festivals, concerts, games and more


August 23, 2016 – KCPT’s Flatland by Krista Lang Blackwood
Artist to Watch: Samantha Gossard


August 15, 2016 – KCUR 89.3 FM by Julie Denesha
With The Lyric’s Harriet Tubman Story, Young Singers Learn History With Their Opera


August 12, 2016 – The Independent by Paul Horsley
BEST OF FALL: Some Must-See Events from Now through December


July 22, 2016 – The Kansas City Star by Patrick Neas
The Classical Beat: Lyric Opera expands its repertoire with Explorations Series


July 13, 2016 – KCMetropolis.org
Lyric Opera announces new music discovery performances


July 12, 2016 – Broadwayworld.com
Lyric Opera of Kansas City Launches Explorations, New Performance Series


July/August 2016 – KC Studio by Krista Lang Blackwood
ARTIST TO WATCH: Samantha Gossard (pages 26-27)


June 29, 2016 – KCMetropolis.org
Lyric Opera of Kansas City announces new Resident Artists Program


June 27, 2016 – Broadwayworld.com
Lyric Opera of KC Names New Resident Artists


May 3, 2016 – Univision KUKC by Rafael Correa
Exclusive Interview – Rafael Davila – Opera Singer (Interview in Spanish)


April 22, 2016 – The Kansas City Star, video by Austin Baragary
A peek at Lyric Opera’s ‘Carmen’


April 22, 2016 – KCUR 89.3 FM by Julie Denesha
PHOTOS: As The Lyric OPera Opens World’s Most Famous Opera, Mezzo-Soprano Tries to Humanize ‘Carmen’


April 21, 2016 – The Independent by Paul Horsley
CARMEN UNBOUND: Lyric Opera ends season with Bizet’s subversive tale of love and death


April 20, 2016 – KCPT’s Flatland by Hampton Stevens
The Weekend Starts Today


April 20, 2016 – The Kansas City Star by Dan Kelly
This weekend in Kansas City


April 18, 2016 – Arts Magazine on KKFI 90.1 FM with Michael Hogge
“Carmen”, “the Life & Times of Barbara Jordan”, & 30th Anniversary of City In Motion Dance


April 17, 2016 – The Kansas City Star by Patrick Neas
Lyric Opera’s ‘Carmen’ is a classic tale of passion and chaos


Spring 2016 Issue of OPERA America Magazine by Matthew Sigman
Closing the Gender Gap


March 16, 2016 – Fox4KC.com by Fox 4 Morning Show
Cast members break down storyline of “The Elixir of Love”


March 9, 2016 – The Kansas City Star by Bill Brownlee
This week in Kansas City


March 7, 2016 – Arts Magazine on KKFI 90.1 FM with Michael Hogge
“Roof Of The World” & “Elixir of Love”


March 6, 2016 – The Kansas City Star by Patrick Neas
Step right up and witness the Lyric Opera’s ‘Elixir of Love’


March 4, 2016 – The Kansas City Star by Patrick Neas
Pirates, prisoners and Figaro find a place in The Lyric’s next season


March 3, 2016 – Broadwayworld.com
Soprano Janai Brugger Wins 2016 Marian Anderson Vocal Award


February 19, 2016 – The Independent by Paul Horsley
NEXT STOP, FOUNTAIN CITY: Lyric Opera takes on Sly, Good-Natured Updating of Donizetti Classic


February 16, 2016 – Opera News
Opera Philadelphia’s 2016-17 Season to Feature World Premiere of Mazzoli’s Breaking the Waves, Reimagined Macbeth and Blythe as Tancredi


January/February 2016 – KC Studio by Krista Lang Blackwood
Kansas City Lyric Opera Launches Resident Artist Program (page 19)


January 1, 2016 – The Kansas City Star by Patrick Neas
Kansas City’s classical music turns toward the classics in 2016


2015 Archives

November 14, 2015 – The Independent by Paul Horsley
Name Dropping – Deborah Sandler


November 11, 2015 – KCUR 89.3 FM by Gina Kaufmann and Matthew Long-Middleton
Central Standard: Civil-Military Relations


November 5, 2015 – The Kansas City Star by Matt Campbell
Veterans Day events will be held at the Liberty Memorial


November 4, 2015 – KC Studio by Krista Blackwood
A Listener’s Guide to “Rusalka”


November 2, 2015 – Arts Magazine on KKFI 90.1 FM with Michael Hogge
“The Producers” & “Rusalka”


October 31, 2015 – The Kansas City Star by Patrick Neas
Lyric Opera’s presentation of ‘Rusalka’ is a darker, deeper ‘Little Mermaid’


October 30, 2015 – KCPT with Nick Haines
Kansas City Week in Review – October 30, 2015


October 29, 2015 – KCUR 89.3 FM by Brian Ellison and Lisa Rodriguez
Creepy, Gory Origins Of Classic Fairy Tales


October 24, 2015 – A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor
On Both Sides: A Song to the Moon – Ellie Dehn [segment]


October 21, 2015 – The Independent by Paul Horsley
WATER EVERYWHERE: Lyric Stages Cautionary Tale Set to Lush Music


October 21, 2015 – The Kansas City Star by Dan Kelly
Updatd: Holloween Events Guide – Lyric Opera: Scary Fairy Tales on 10/30


October 14, 2015 – 94.9 KCMO by Dick Wilson and Company with Renee
Interview with Nancy Maultsby, Ježibaba in Rusalka


October 7, 2015 – KCMetropolis.org
Lyric Opera announces three appointments


October 1, 2015 – KCPT’s Flatland by Hampton Stevens
The Weekender: Assult Your Senses – In The Best Possible Sense – This Weekend


September 26, 2015 – The Kansas City Stary by Robert Trussell
Women forge paths to the top of KC performing arts organizations


September 24, 2015 – KCUR 89.3 FM by Brian McTavish
6 Creative Things To Do In Kansas City This Weekend


September 23, 2015 – The Kansas City Star by Bill Brownlee
This weekend in Kansas City


September 20, 2015 – The Kansas City Star by Patrick Neas
Lyric Opera brings film noir perspective to ‘Don Giovanni’


September 8, 2015 – The Independent by Paul Horsley
DEEP, DARK LOVE: Lyric Uses Classic Cinema to Cast Light on Mozart Anti-hero


September 1, 2015 – BroadwayWorld.com
Lyric Opera of KC Launches Resident Artists Program, Led by Vinson Cole


September 2015 – 435 Magazine
Fashionably Early – Fall glamour at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts


August 30, 2015 – The Kansas City Star by Patrick Neas
The Classical Beat: World cultures, classics with a twist and superstar performers highlight the season


August 26, 2015 – KCMetropolis.org by Lee Hartman
PREVIEW: Fall 2015 Opera and Musical Theatre


August 24, 2015 – BroadwayWorld.com
Lyric Opera of Kansas City to Open Season with Don Giovanni, Begin. 9/26


August 17, 2015 – BroadwayWorld.com
Wedow, Abell, Plianichko and Allen to Conduct Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s 2015-16 Season


August 7, 2015 – The Independent by Paul Horsley
FALL BOUNTY: Performing-Arts groups offer quality, class, adventure


August 6, 2015 – The Wall Street Journal by Alina Dizik
Luxury Living in Downtown Kansas City


July 17, 2015 – KCUR 89.3 FM by C. J. Janovy
High School Playwrights And Young Composers Make Tiny Operas For KC Fringe


April 30, 2015 – Travel + Leisure by Katrina Brown Hunt
America’s Most Cultured Cities – 4. Kansas City


April 15, 2015 – AXS.com by Alan Portner
Lyric Opera offers Tosca at the Kauffman Center


April 14, 2015 – The Kansas City Star by Bill Brownlee
This week in Kansas City


April 13, 2015 – Arts Magazine on KKFI 90.1 FM with Michael Hogge
“Tosca” & “Avenue Q”


April 11, 2015 – The Kansas City Star by Patrick Neas
Lyric Opera’s ‘Tosca’ and Harriman-Jewell concert provide full dose of Puccini


April 6, 2015 – The Independent by Paul Horsley
LET IT PURR: Lyric team builds finely tuned artistic engine for Puccini’s white-hot love story


March 31, 2015 – The Kansas City Star by Dan Kelly
A day-by-day guide to April events


March 17, 2015 – BroadwayWorld.com
Lyric Opera of KC to Present TOSCA, 4/18-26


February 22, 2015 – The Kansas City Star by Joyce Smith
KC’s east Crossroads district is bustling with new shops and entertainment


February 18, 2015 – The Kansas City Star by Alan Goforth
KC’s thriving arts scene pours millions into the area’s economy


February 16, 2015 – Arts Magazine on KKFI 90.1 FM with Michael Hogge
“Silent Night” & “Angels In America”


February 15, 2015 – Kansas Public Radio by Kaye McIntyre
Exec Order 15-01 & Lyric Opera (starting at 39:10 mark)


February 14, 2015 – The Kansas City Star by Patrick Neas
The Lyric’s ‘Silent Night’ appeals to more than just fans of opera


February 11, 2015 – KCMetropolis.org 
Lyric Opera of Kansas City announces 2015–16 season


February 1, 2015 – The Kansas City Star by Dan Kelly
Our day-by-day guide of things to do in February


January 22, 2015 – BroadwayWorld.com
Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s SILENT NIGHT Begins 1/21


January 19, 2015 – The Independent by Paul Horsley
LYRIC NIGHT: Prize-winning World War I opera, soon to make KC premiere, strikes at the heart of human conflict


January 13, 2015 – Examiner.com by Floyd E. Gingrich
‘Vinson Cole and Friends,’ a great success even with a little negative news


January 9, 2015 – The Kansas City Star by Patrick Neas
Vinson Cole to get a little appreciation from his friends


January 9, 2015 – KCUR 89.3 FM by Laura Spencer
100 Years On, Kansas City Arts Organizations Explore Impact Of WWI


January 7, 2015 – The Kansas City Star by Bill Brownlee
This weekend in Kansas City: The Symphony performs “Rite of Spring,” Vinson Cole at the Folly and Bruce Bruce


January 5, 2015 –  Arts Magazine on KKFI 90.1 FM with Michael Hogge
“Last Night Of Ballyhoo” & “Vinson Cole & Friends”


January 2, 2015 – The Kansas City Star by Patrick Neas
Amazing classical music performances will heat up the winter season


2014 Archives

December 31, 2014 – The Kansas City Star by Dan Kelly
Beat the winter blahs with 31 days of fun in January


December 27, 2014 – The Kansas City Star by Patrick Neas
What happened in classical music: From world music to the World Series, 2014 was a championship year in the arts


December 8, 2014 – The Independent by Paul Horsley
WORTH LIVING FOR: Then Favorite Moments of 2014 in KC music, dance and theater


December 1, 2014 – BroadwayWorld.com
Lyric Opera of KC to Contineu Season with Vinson Cole & Friends in January


November 11, 2014 – FOX 4 by Matt Stewart
Veterans Day at the Liberty Memorial


November 11, 2014 – KCTV 5 by Laura McCallister and Bonyen Lee
Honoring Veterans Day at Liberty Memorial


November 8, 2014 – KCUR 89.3 FM by Julie Denesha
Girl Rescues Boy In Lyric Opera’s ‘The Italian Girl In Algiers’


November 7, 2014 – The Kansas City Star by Bill Brownlee
This week in Kansas City


November 3, 2014 – KKFI 90.1 FM by Michael Hogge
Arts Magazine: “La Cage Aux Folles” & “Italian Girl In Algiers”


November 1, 2014 – The Kansas City Star by Patrick Neas
‘Italian Girl in Algiers’ opera has a touch of Looney Tunes


October 22, 2014 – KCUR 89.3 FM by Laura Spencer
For Kansas City Veteran And Singer, ‘God Bless America’ Stirs Up Pride in City, Country


October 20, 2014 – The Kansas City Star by Timothy Finn
Richard Gibson, veteran and Lyric Opera singer, to perform ‘God Bless America’ at World Series


October 9, 2014 – BroadwayWorld.com
Lyric Opera of Kansas City to Present Italian Girl in Algiers at Kauffman Center, 11/8-16


October 9, 2014 – KCTV5 by Laura McCallister
Faces of Kansas City: Marine-turned-opera singer spreading love of music


October 1, 2014 – KCTV5 Better KC
La Traviata opens Lyric Opera season


September 20, 2014 – The Kansas City Star by Patrick Neas
Lyric Opera’s ‘La Traviata’ good for opera lovers and novices


September 20, 2014 – KCTV5 News
‘La Traviata’ Props with Deborah Morgan and Deborah Sandler Interview 


September 11, 2014 – The Independent by Paul Horsley
FALLING HARD: Lyric’s Production of Verdi Staple Features Stellar Cast, Lush Production


August 27, 2014 – KCMetropolis.org by Anthony Rodgers
Preview: Fall 2014 Opera and musical theatre


August 21, 2014 – The Kansas City Star by Patrick Neas
Find gems of classical music in venues of all kinds


April 30, 2014 – KCUR 89.3 FM by Laura Spencer
Kansas City Art Institute Students Interpret Lyric Opera’s ‘Die Fledermaus’


April 30, 2014 – KCUR 89.3 FM by Julie Denesha
WATCH: Lyric Opera’s Apprentice Program Nutures Young Voices


April 24, 2014 – The Independent by Paul Horsley
TOMER AT THE BAT: Lyric Opera’s ‘Fledermaus’ director talks about opera, comedy and a life in the theater


April 23, 2014 – KSHB.com and Kansas City Live (KCL)
The Lyric Opera and the Kansas City Ballet combined forces in ‘Die Fledermaus’


March 14, 2014 – KCUR 89.3 FM by Julie Denesha
A Bohemian Tale Of Love and Loss In The Lyric’s ‘La Bohème’


March 11, 2014 – KSHB.com and Kansas City Live (KCL)
A true love story, La boheme graces the Kauffman Center


March 3, 2104 – The Independent by Paul Horsley
MIMÌ AND THE STAGES OF LIFE: Lyric explores why Puccini’s classic gets us all where we live


February 13, 2014 – The Kansas City Star by Robert Trussell
Arts leaders elated at the news that Jane Chu could be next head of NEA


February 3, 2014 – The Independent by Paul Horsley
25 FROM THE TOP: Spring highlights bolster growing sense of KC as cultural mecca


January 9, 2014 – The Independent by Paul Horsley
ARRIVEDERCI, 2013: KC performing-arts scene experiences notable shifts in “the year that was”


2013 Archives

November 7, 2013 – KCUR 89.3 FM by Laura Spencer
Immersion In Music Inspires Jun Kaneko’s ‘The Magic Flute’


November 7, 2013 – The Independent by Paul Horsley
MAGIC INDEED: Lyric brings designs by world-renowned artist to Kauffman stage


November 3, 2013 – The Vignette by Alexia Lang
‘The Magic Flute’ On Its Way To KC


October 31, 2013 – The Kansas City Star by Alice Thorson
November’s First Friday belongs to Jun Kaneko


October 31, 2013 – The Kearney Courier by Dave Hon
7th-grader sings her heart out at Kauffman Center


October 9, 2013 – BroadwayWorld.com
Lyric Opera of Kansas City to Present Mozart’s THE MAGIC FLUTE, 11/9-17


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