Lyric Opera offers free master class

Press Release posted by Bob Evan

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Lyric Opera of Kansas City Welcomes

Renowned Soprano Carol Vaness

For Master Class

FREE and Open to the Public

Oct. 5, 4 p.m. at Michael and Ginger Frost Production Arts Building

Lyric Opera of Kansas City today announced a rare opportunity to see a master at work when world-renowned soprano Carol Vaness teaches a Master Class with the Lyric Opera Resident and Apprentice Artists on Sat., Oct. 5 at 4 p.m. in Lyric Opera’s Michael and Ginger Frost Production Arts Building (712 E. 18th St., Kansas City, MO 64108). Currently a vocal instructor at Indiana University and Aspen Music Festival, Vaness will lead each singer through a selected aria, stopping and correcting as needed, to help hone the singer’s vocal technique and dramatic interpretation. A brief reception will follow the vocal work session.

 The master class is open to everyone; admission is free, although registration is required. RSVP here.

 Born in San Diego, CA, Carol Vaness launched her professional singing career at the New York City Opera, where she appeared regularly from 1979 to 1983. Since then, she has sung on the world’s biggest stages and at premier music festivals, collaborated with today’s foremost conductors in operatic and symphonic repertoires, appeared on numerous television broadcasts throughout North America and Europe, and compiled a distinguished catalog of recordings.

 Her interpretations of Mozart’s dramatic heroines, including Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Donna Anna and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Elettra in Idomeneo, and Vitellia in La clemenza di Tito, have been hailed as definitive, and she has become especially identifiable with the role of Floria Tosca. She performed the title role of Puccini’s Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera in 2004 opposite Pavarotti in the legendary tenor’s final operatic performance.

 Vaness made her professional debut as Vitellia for the San Francisco Spring Opera and has been acknowledged as the world’s leading interpreter of this role. She has appeared as Vitellia at the Met Opera, Paris Opera, Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Chicago Lyric Opera and Gran Teatro del Liceo and at the Salzburg Festival and other leading theaters.

 Among her many celebrated television appearances, she has been featured on the “Pavarotti Plus” and “Pavarotti and Friends” telecasts from Lincoln Center, as well as the Richard Tucker Gala and In Performance at the White House with members of the New York City Opera. Currently, she is teaching at Aspen Music Festival and School and Indiana University.

 2019-2020 Season at a Glance:


The Abduction from the Seraglio

Wolfgang Mozart, 1782

Sung in German with English subtitles, and English dialogue
Saturday, September 21, 2019      7:30 p.m.

Wednesday September 25, 2019   7:30 p.m.

Friday, September 27, 2019          7:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 29, 2019        2:00 p.m.

Conductor: Michael Christie *
Director: Alison Moritz

Belmonte: Ben Bliss *

Konstanze: Kathryn Lewek

Blonde: Rachele Gilmore

Pedrillo: Joseph Leppek +

Osmin: Matthew Boehler *
Pasha Selim: Matthew J. Williamson *

La bohème  

Giacomo Puccini, 1896

Sung in Italian with English subtitles

 Saturday, November 9, 2019       7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019  7:30 p.m.

Friday, November 15, 2019         7:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 17, 2019        2:00 p.m.

Conductor: David Charles Abell
Director: Kathleen Smith Belcher

Mimì: Raquel González
Rodolfo : Georgy Vasiliev
Musetta: Sylvia D’Eramo *

Marcello: Timothy Renner *
Colline: Christian Zaremba
Schaunard: Hadleigh Adams*


Lucia di Lammermoor

Gaetano Donizetti, 1835

Sung in Italian with English subtitles

 Saturday, March 7, 2020           7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020      7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 13, 2020             7:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 15, 2020            2:00 p.m.

Conductor: Carlo Montanaro *
Director: Shawna Lucey *

Lucia: Sarah Coburn

Edgardo: Evan LeRoy Johnson *

Enrico: Troy Cook

Raimondo: Adam Lau
Arturo: Joseph Leppek +
Alisa: Kelly Birch @


The Shining

Music by Paul Moravec

Libretto by Mark Campbell
Based on the novel by Stephen King

Sung in English with English subtitles

 Saturday, April 25, 2020            7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020        7:30 p.m.

Friday, May 1, 2020                  7:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 3, 2020                2:00 p.m.

Conductor: Gerard Schwarz *

Director: Eric Simonson

Jack Torrance: Edward Parks

Wendy Torrance : Kelly Kaduce

Dick Hallorann: Aubrey Allicock*

Mark Torrance: Malcolm MacKenzie*

Delbert Grady: Joseph Leppek +

Lloyd the Bartender: Roger Honeywell*

Mrs. Massey: Kelly Birch@

Mrs. Grady: Morgan Balfour +

Horace Derwent: Schyler Vargas

The Senator: Seungyun Kim +

 * Lyric Opera of Kansas City debut
+ Lyric Opera of Kansas City Resident Artist
@ Former Lyric Opera of Kansas City Resident Artist

 About Lyric Opera of Kansas City

Lyric Opera of Kansas City was founded in 1958; it is one of the nation’s premier regional opera companies and brings high quality live operatic performances to the people of the Kansas City area and a five-state region. Repertoire choices encompass original language performances of standard repertory as well as contemporary and American operas. The Company mounts productions that enrich the community it serves, as well as reflect the highest artistic standards of the profession.

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 Lyric Opera of Kansas City is a member of OPERA America and this season is made possible with funding from Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, and the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation.