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Singers with Kansas roots are making their mark on America's most extravagant stage

Soprano, and Topeka, KS native, Lindsay Ohse as Armida in Handel's "Rinaldo"
Cory Weaver
Soprano, and Topeka, KS native, Lindsay Ohse as Armida in Handel's "Rinaldo"

With their "Voices of the Met" concert, Kansas City's Mid-America Performing Arts Alliance will feature singers with local ties, who regularly perform at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. MAPAA Co-founder Jesse Henkensiefken and Met soprano Lindsay Ohse speak with Classical KC's Christy L'Esperance about this musical reunion. We'll hear works by Jules Massenet, Sergei Taneyev, Jacques Offenbach and even a little Mozart on ukulele.


Christy L'Esperance


Jesse Henkensiefken
Lindsay Ohse


Resigne Toi
Ball Duet
From "Cendrillon"
by Jules Massenet
Lindsay Ohse - soprano
John Riesen - tenor
Mary Jane Austen - piano

Laudate Dominum
From "Vesperae solennes de Confessore"
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, arr. by Lindsay Ohse
Lindsay Ohse - soprano, ukulele

10 Romances, Op. 17
No. 3, Let It Sound No More
No. 8, In the Invisible Mist
No. 9, The Restless Heart Is Beating
by Sergei Taneyev
Hugo Vera - tenor
Lynn Kompass - piano

7 Poems, Op. 34 - No. 5, The Last Sigh
by Sergei Taneyev
Hugo Vera - tenor
Lynn Kompass - piano

Barcarolle - Belle nuit, o nuit d'amour
From "Les Contes d'Hoffmann"
by Jacques Offenbach
Fatma Said - soprano
Marianne Crebass - mezzo-soprano
Sascha Goetzel with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo

Viens, Mallika (Flower Duet)
From "Lakmé"
by Léo Delibes
Sabine Devieilhe - soprano
Marianne Crebassa - mezzo-soprano
François-Xavier Roth with Les Siècles

by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Kristee Haney - mezzo-soprano
Denise Robinson - piano

by Johannes Brahms
Kristee Haney - mezzo-soprano
Denise Robinson - piano

You can learn more about Lindsay Ohse at lindsayohse.com, and more information about the Mid-America Performing Arts Alliance and their upcoming concerts, can be found at mapaa.org.

Kansas City native Christy L’Esperance (pronounced “LESS-per-ahns") started listening to classical music on the Snoopy radio she got for her 4th birthday. Today, as Classical KC’s Community Engagement Specialist and On-Air Host, she enjoys classical music through much better speakers. You can reach Christy at <a label="clesperance@ClassicalKC.org" class="rte2-style-brightspot-core-link-LinkRichTextElement" href="mailto:clesperance@ClassicalKC.org">clesperance@ClassicalKC.org</a>. She would love to hear about the ways you keep music in your life.
Sam Wisman is a Senior Producer for 91.9 Classical KC and a backup announcer for KCUR 89.3. Email him at samwisman@classicalkc.org.