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Here Are The Four Shows Lyric Opera of Kansas City Will Bring To The Stage In 2021

Puccini's opera "Tosca” will close out the Lyric's upcoming season in spring 2022.
Cory Weaver
Lyric Opera of Kansas City
Puccini's opera "Tosca” will close out the Lyric's upcoming season in spring 2022.

As Kansas City emerges from the pandemic, live music and performances are making their long-awaited return to the big stage.

The Lyric Opera of Kansas City has announced its highly anticipated 2021-2022 season and complete return to in-person performances.

The Lyric will kick off its season and return to the Kauffman Center with “Lyric Opera Goes to Hollywood,” a concert featuring opera songs from hit films.

Deborah Sandler, General Director and CEO of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, said they can’t wait to get back to performing on the big stage.

“We've had some very successful ventures in the past year, including our first in-person audiences in our production center. But still, there's something about opera and the very big house that is very exciting,” Sandler said.

The season will also see the return of the holiday opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” plus, there's a new program exploring the life of the late tech leader Steve Jobs, and the season ends with Puccini's "Tosca.”

Sandler said that given the pandemic, it’s hard to anticipate demand for tickets. Still, she said there’s a portion of their audience that is “hungry” to listen to opera at the center, and not on streaming devices.

Sandler explained, “I do think there's a certain amount of fatigue around that at this point. People are dying to sit with other people, and watch something live, and forget themselves and not be distracted by a ringing phone, or an email or anything else."

She said the company is in conversation with the Kauffman Center on capacity limits, but will follow public health guidance.

Here’s a look at the upcoming season:

Nov. 13 - 14, 2021, “Lyric Opera Goes to Hollywood” at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Dec. 2 - 12, 2021, “Amahl and the Night Visitors” at the Michael and Ginger Frost Production Arts Building.

Mar. 11 - 13, 2022, “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs” at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Apr. 30 - May 8, 2022, “Tosca” at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Season ticket packages range from $64 to $288. Single-tickets will go on sale for the general public on Sept. 8. For ticket information, visit the Lyric Opera website or call 816-471-7344.

JCCC’s Midwest Trust Center announces season

Late last week, Midwest Trust Center, formerly known as the Carlsen Center, also announced its upcoming season.

Sept. 12, 2021, Larry Carlton - Steely Dan/’78 Album

Sept. 17-18, 2021, New Dance Partners

Oct. 7, 2021, The Reminders

Oct. 17, 2021, Winterlude – local KC jazz, Bob Bowman

Oct. 22, 2021, KC Jazz Orchestra with Hanover, Germany Big Band

Oct. 24, 2021, “Yesterday and Today”The Interactive Beatles Experience

Nov. 6, 2021, Darlene Love

Nov. 7, 2021, Winterlude – Kansas City and All That’s Jazz

Nov. 12, 2021, The Romeros guitar quartet with Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano

Nov. 17-18, 2021, StoneLion Puppet Theatre, “The Lost Treasure”

Nov. 20, 2021, Susan Werner

Dec. 3, 2021, Bridget Kibbey, harp with the Dover Quartet

Dec. 4, 2021, “Fiesta Navidad,” Mariachi Los Camperos

Dec. 4-5, 2021, Mesner Puppet Theater, “The Snowy Day”

Dec. 5, 2021, Ana Gasteyer, “Sugar and Booze” Holiday Tour

Tickets will go on sale on June 21. Until then, the full line up can be found at the Midwest Trust Center’s site.

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