We offer a wide array of educational experiences for people of all ages and opera expertise.

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Apprentice Program

Lyric Opera apprentice programs offer students valuable experiences in training to become a professional opera singer. Participants in both programs have numerous opportunities to gain performance experience through chorus, comprimario and principal roles and with community outreach and activities.

The Lyric Opera has a proven track record of casting apprentice program alumni in leading roles when appropriate. LOKC Apprentices have appeared with opera companies small and large from around the world including: Chautauqua Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Dallas Opera, Florida Grand Opera, English National Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Metropolitan Opera, Minnesota Opera, New Israeli Opera, New York City Opera, San Diego Opera, San Francisco Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and many others.

University of Kansas Apprentice Program

Building on a history of excellence in training young singers, the University of Kansas is proud to offer an apprentice program with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Selected Masters and DMA students combine musical and theatrical training at the university with outstanding career preparation through the Lyric Opera.

Through the University of Kansas Voice and Opera program apprentices have the opportunity to perform in three fully staged opera productions per year from a wide ranging repertoire. They also attend audition and role preparation classes and masters classes with guest artists of international fame. For more information, please contact the KU School of Music – Voice and Opera Department.

University of Missouri-Kansas City
Apprentice Program

The UMKC Conservatory/Lyric Opera Young Artists Program is a collaboration between the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. The program prepares the exceptional young singer for a professional operatic career while he/she is enrolled in a Master’s, Doctoral, Performer’s Certificate or Artist’s Certificate degree program at the Conservatory.

Through the UMKC Conservatory apprentices will have the opportunity to perform in two fully staged opera productions per year in the original language along with workshop programs, premieres and outreach activities. For more information, please contact the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance.

2015-16 Season Apprentices:

 April Martin - headshotApril Martin
UMKC Apprentice
 Ashley Yvonne Wheat - headshotAshley Yvonne Wheat
UMKC Apprentice
Derrek Stark (UMKC Tenor) - HeadshotDerrek Stark
UMKC Apprentice
Rhys Lloyd Talbot (UMKC Bass-Baritone) - HeadshotRhys Lloyd Talbot
UMKC Apprentice








To support the Lyric Opera Apprentice Program through sponsorship contact Michelle LaPointe, Director of Development, at 816-471-4933 or

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