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MadaMa Butterfly

By Giacomo Puccini
September 15, 19, 21, 23, 24, 2012

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As I write to you, I have just returned from a visit to our Opera Camp, taking place in the Production Arts Building. How inspiring it was to hear 78 young people perform beautifully and talk about their transformative musical and social experiences during their time with us. I only wish that you could see these young people and feel their excitement. We begin our artistic season with Madama Butterfly. It would be difficult to imagine a more celebrated and admired Puccini work, with the possible exception of Turandot. Surely, this one opera has to top everyones favorite list, combining lyrical music with the touching story of Cio-Cio-San and her love. Experiencing this opera creates new opera lovers and causes the already converted to fall in love with opera all over again. A woman, a man, a child, family pressures and secrets the stuff of everyday life. As we look ahead to this coming year, I am grateful for the opportunity to come to Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and to join this great opera family. I look forward to meeting you as the season begins and sharing thoughts, hopes and dreams for our future. Warmly,

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MadaMa Butterfly
Tragedia giapponese in two acts by Giacomo Puccini; Libretto by Giuseppe Giacose and Luigi Illica; First Performance: Milan, Teatro alla Scala, February 17, 1904 Madama Butterfly runs approximately 2 hours and 50 minutes including one intermission and is performed in Italian with English subtitles

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Lt. B. F. Pinkerton Dinyar Vania Goro Doug Jones

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Suzuki Elizabeth Tredent ~* Sharpless, U.S. consul Weston Hurt *

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Defying ODDs
What are the odds of success that a story takes hold of an opera composer, stirs his or her psyche to such a heightened level that he/she turns prodigious musical creative talents loose over many hours, days, weeks and months scribbling dots on music paper (or nowadays, inputting data into a computer program), that, after completion, is turned over to a host of other artists to learn, memorize, sing, play, design costumes and scenery, at the statistically slim chance that you, the paying public, might want to come see it? And how many times? Once? Twice? Several? In our modern times, one adds would you buy the CD? DVD? I am far from being a mathematician, but my practical experience in this profession leads me to believe that we are talking about odds similar to winning Powerball.
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Giacomo Puccini clearly decimated these formidable odds, not just once, but repeatedly, between his opera composition years of 1884 and 1926. Of his dozen operas, nine have been and are performed annually around the world, and four are given an almost blinding multiplicity of performances yearly by every organization that claims to call itself an opera company. The New Grove Dictionary of Opera states simply he was the most successful composer of Italian opera after Verdi. I believe we choose to visit or repeatedly return to great works of art in part due to their multifaceted richness. In the case of Madama Butterfly, we have a nave, tragic love story set in an historically all-too-common political situation, expressed through a flexible musical style that beguiles in the dialogue scenes as well as in the traditional arias, duets and trios and ensembles. Our current physical presentation, the brainchild of the late great British opera director Colin Graham, looks at the work from a traditional yet somewhat elegantly rarified perspective. Among our gifted cast of artists, returning director Mark Streshinsky (Julius Caesar, 2008; The Marriage of Figaro, 2011), himself a former assistant of Mr. Graham, enlivens the production with his own perspective on this tragedy. We are eager to present returning tenor Dinyar Vania (Carmen, 2010) as Pinkerton, and the exciting role debut of Cuban-American soprano Elizabeth Caballero as the title character, after her triumph here last season as Li in Turandot. We hope that these performances of this masterwork will move you, either as the first or the umpteenth encounter with this poignant, tender, musical drama.


Continuing a legaCy
Im delighted to return to Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Closing the final season at the Lyric Theatre with my updated production of The Marriage of Figaro was a highlight of my career. Having the privilege to follow with an opera that I love, in the Kauffman Center, is made even more wonderful by the fact that this production was created by the late Colin Graham. I consider Colin a mentor even though I only knew him the last few years of his life. Colin was a stalwart at the English National Mark StreShinSky Director Opera and was awarded an Order of the British Empire. A collaborator with Benjamin Britten, he is the original director of many of Brittens later works. He was a talented librettist and directed over 40 new operas with major new productions at The Met, San Francisco and many others. I first met Colin when I was hired to be his assistant on a 1999 production of Otello in Saint Louis. Colin was notoriously hard on his assistants, so it was with great relief that he took to me and was pleased with my work. I helped revive the Otello for him in Omaha and then worked with him on The Ballad of Baby Doe at New York City Opera. By the time of the City Opera production, Colin was beginning to deteriorate, and a weak heart forced him to reduce his schedule. He had, however been working on a new opera of Anna Karenina, commissioned for the opening of the new opera house in Miami. He called and asked if I would assist him on the production and be ready to take it over from him should he be unable to direct it. I quickly fell in love with the piece and decided to accept his offer, turning down some pretty plum directing jobs to do it. He also asked me to take over his production of The Marriage of Figaro for Michigan Opera Theater. As time went on, it became clear that Colin would not be able to travel to Miami. I spent four days with him working on the piece in the hospital he never left. At the end he wrote me a wonderful note thanking me for loving the piece and that he was so happy to have given it to the right person. I was beyond honored. Anna Karenina was a wonderful success, though made sad by the news during rehearsals that Colin had passed away. In staging his Madama Butterfly, it is wonderful to discover little touches that remind me of him. He liked working in an abstract environment and this set is only evocative of a Japanese locale. His love for source material is also in evidence. For example, the costume of Prince Yamadori is a foreign dress military suit, not at all Japanese. In the play by David Belasco, Yamadori is only visiting his home country, he is very well traveled and spends much of his time in New York. Having also studied both the Belasco play and the short story that it was based on, Im excited to see how that will eventually inform our staging. I hope you enjoy what I believe is part of the legacy of a great man. Lyric Opera Of Kansas city 29

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MadaMa Butterfly: The sTory

Act I - Nagasaki, Japan, early 1900s

U.S. Navy Lieutenant Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton has leased a home overlooking Nagasaki Harbor. The marriage broker, Goro, has also procured for him three servants and a wife, the geisha Cio-Cio-San, known as Butterfly. The 999-year lease, which applies to both Butterfly and the house, can be cancelled at a months notice. When the American consul, Sharpless, arrives to witness the marriage ceremony, he chides Pinkerton for his casual attitude toward life. He points out that Butterfly is truly in love with him. Although Pinkerton seems infatuated with his young bride, he proposes a toast to his future true wife in America. Butterfly and the other geishas are heard in the distance coming up the hill. She and the bridal party enter and introductions are exchanged. She tells Pinkerton that her family was once wealthy, but then they fell on hard times. Her relatives bustle in, expressing their opinions of the marriage. In a quiet moment, Butterfly shows the bridegroom her few earthly treasures, and reveals that she has secretly forsaken her religion for his. Pinkerton is stunned to discover the sword with which her father had committed ritual suicide. The marriage ceremony is performed, and the guests begin to toast in celebration. Butterflys uncle, a priest, bursts in, cursing her for having renounced her ancestral religion. Horrified at Butterflys decision, the guests abandon her. In the moonlit garden, Pinkerton consoles a tearful Butterfly, and the two sing of their love for one another.
Act II - three years later

Though Lieutenant Pinkerton has been gone for nearly three years, Butterfly waits patiently for his return. When Suzuki reveals how little money they have left, Butterfly urges her to have faith. She is certain her husband will return from America, as promised. Sharpless arrives with a letter from the Lieutenant, but before he can read it, Goro enters with wealthy Prince Yamadori, who wishes to marry Butterfly. The girl dismisses them, insisting her American husband has not deserted her. Sharpless tries unsuccessfully to read the letter, and urges Butterfly to give up and marry Prince Yamadori. A stunned Butterfly rushes out and returns with her child, Dolore (Sorrow), saying that Pinkerton will surely return once he learns of his son. If he does not, she vows that she would rather die than to live as a geisha again. Sharpless leaves, promising to tell Pinkerton of their son. A cannon report echoes to announce the arrival of a ship in the harbor, which Butterfly recognizes as Pinkertons. Joyfully, she orders Suzuki to fill the house with flowers. As the sky darkens, she, Suzuki and the child await the Lieutenants return in a night-long vigil.
Act III - Dawn, the next day

As day breaks, Suzuki sends Butterfly and her child away to rest. Pinkerton enters, followed by his American wife, Kate, and Sharpless. They have been told of Pinkertons child and Kake wants to raise him as her own. When Suzuki realizes who the American woman is, she collapses in despair, but agrees to help break the news and convince
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MadaMa Butterfly: thE story

Butterfly. Pinkerton feels a surge of remorse for Butterfly, bids farewell to his former happiness in the little home, and quickly leaves. Butterfly enters, and upon seeing Kate, realizes the truth. Strangely calm, Butterfly agrees to give them the child, if Pinkerton will return for him in a half-hour. Alone, she kneels before the statue of Buddha, and unsheathes her fathers sword so that she may die with honor. Suzuki pushes the child back into the room, and Butterfly drops the sword to embrace him. She then brings the child to play, blindfolding him so that he will not witness his mothers ritual suicide. As she dies, Pinkerton is heard calling her name.

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sponsored by Jane and Richard Bruening

Lyric Opera Debut: Don Jos, Carmen, 2010 Recently:

La bohme, New York City Opera Madama Butterfly, Pensacola Opera Carmen, Lyric Opera of Kansas City Rigoletto, Opera Grand Rapids

Madama Butterfly, Boston Lyric Opera

WarD Holmquist, Conductor

Lyric Opera Debut: Conductor, The Marriage of Figaro, 1996 Recently:

Turandot, Carmen, Tosca, Nixon in China, Lyric Opera of Kansas City Tosca, Fort Worth Opera La bohme, Atlanta Opera Company Susannah, Palm Beach Opera

The Flying Dutchman, Lyric Opera of Kansas City


Mark StreShinSky, Director


sponsored by Lyric Opera of Kansas City Endowment Fund

Lyric Opera Debut: Director, Julius Caesar, 2008

The Marriage of Figaro, Lyric Opera of Kansas City Eugene Onegin, Cincinnati Opera Ariadne Auf Naxos, West Edge Opera

Lincoronazione di Poppea, West Edge Opera Bonjour M. Gauguin, West Edge Opera

kendall SMith, Lighting Designer

Lyric Opera Debut: Lighting Designer, Billy Budd, 1999 Recently:

Tosca, Fort Worth Opera Dracula, Pioneer Theatre Company The Daughter of the Regiment, Lyric Opera of Kansas City

The Barber of Seville, Michigan Opera Theatre Carousel, Virginia Opera Theatre

Joanne Middleton Weaver, Wig & Make-Up Designer

Lyric Opera Debut: Wig & Make-Up Designer, The Daughter of the Regiment, 2011 Recently:

Michigan Opera Theatre Washington National Opera Des Moines Metro Opera Palm Beach Opera Opera Company of Philadelphia

Mark Ferrell, Chorus Master & Accompanist Coach

Lyric Opera Debut: Chorus Master, The Rakes Progress, 2000 Recently:

Music Director, KU Opera, New Theatre Restaurant Music Director, A Christmas Carol, KC Repertory Theatre Music Staff, Dallas Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis Conductor, H.M.S. Pinafore, Lyric Opera of Kansas City

Conductor, The Mikado, Lyric Opera of Kansas City

Lyric Opera Of Kansas city


Soprano Mezzo-Soprano Tenor

Victoria Botero Lindsey Bush Amy Cahill @ Etta Fung + Angela Gribble ~ Sarah LaBarr Ashley Wheat

Ruth Carver Tara Curtis + Kaitlin Galetti Hillary Gray Erica Koehring Julia Scozzafava @ Holly White @

Benjamin Cleveland +^ Casey Finnigan ~^ Alex Goering Trent Green Jedd Schneider Trevor Smith Jonathan Thomas @

Beau Crowder William Petrie Brad Reeder Ernesto Surez
+ KU Apprentice ~ UMKC Apprentice

^ Kaplan Apprentice Former Lyric Opera Apprentice

Bel canto artiSt SponSorShip

The appearance of these artists is made possible through the generous support of the following Lyric Opera patrons:

MadaMa Butterfly

elizabeTh Caballero (Cio-Cio-san)

Sponsored by Dr. Michael and Ginger Frost

WeSTon hurT (sharpless)

Sponsored by Mike and Vera Seeley

Dinyar Vania (lT. b. F. pinkerTon)

Sponsored by Jane and Richard Bruening

philip horST (The bonze)

Sponsored by Dr. Russell Shelden

elizabeTh TreDenT (Suzuki)

Sponsored by Lee and Carl McCaffree

Mark STreShinSky (DireCTor)

Sponsored by Lyric Opera of Kansas City Endowment Fund


The Kansas CiTy symphony

First Violins cellos bassoons

Noah Geller Dorris Dai Janssen Vladimir Rykov Anne-Marie Brown Susan Goldenberg Anthony DeMarco Tomoko Iguchi Will Haapaniemi Lisa Jackson Jeannine DeMarco
second Violins

Susie Yang Alexander East Maria Crosby Richard Bell

double basses

Ann Bilderback Marita Abner


Nancy Newman Louis Newman Todd Lockwood


David Sullivan David Gamble Stephen Multer David Brimhall


Kathy Haid Berry Kristin Velicer Kevin Hao Chia-Fei Lin Adrienne Geisler Nancy Beckmann Rena Ishii Kayo Hasegawa

Shannon Finney Diane Schick Christina Webster


Philip Clark Brian Rood Keith Benjamin


Barbara Bishop Kenneth Lawrence Katrinka Sizemore

english horn

Porter Wyatt Henderson David Becker JoDee Davis Andrew Schwartz


Kenneth Lawrence

Jonathan Goldstein

Christine Grossman Jessica Nance Jenifer Richison Duke Lee Sean Brumble Peter Chun

Boris Allakhverdyan Tzu-Ying Huang Jane Carl

bass clarinet

Christopher McLaurin Lee Vinson Matthew Henderson


Tzu-Ying Huang

Deborah Wells Clark

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The Lyric Opera of Kansas City is deeply grateful to the following donors for their generous participation through the initial phase of the BuiLding fOr SuCCeSS capital campaign.
Corner Stone Gift ($1M Or MOre) Major Gift ($25K Or MOre)

dr. Michael and ginger frost

Corner Stone Gift ($500K Or MOre) LeaderShip Gift ($250K Or MOre)

richard P. and Jane Bruening foundation Mrs. Caroline french don and Pat dagenais richard and Maureen durwood foundation Anne and Howard elsberry family foundation Kenneth V. and Marilyn J. Hager Albert and Sandra Mauro Courtney S. Turner Charitable Trust
patron Gift ($5K Or MOre)

Anonymous dST Systems, inc. Lyric Opera Circle The J.e. and L.e. Mabee foundation, inc.
LeaderShip Gift ($100K Or MOre)

david T. Beals iii Charitable Trust, Bank of America gary dickinson family Charitable foundation Joyce g. Holland Mrs. Beth ingram
gifts and Pledges as of August 24, 2012.

Anonymous Mort and una Creditor dr. fred d. fowler Mr. Cliff C. Jones Kirk family foundation Maria Kunstadter and Michael Sigler dr. revis C. Lewis Michelle and Chuck ritter J. Michael Sigler Kevin and erika Sweeney Sarah and Paul Tiedt



A $10.5 million capital campaign to support the construction of the Lyric Opera Richard J. Stern Center. The Opera Center, which includes the Michael & Ginger Frost Production Arts Building and the Beth Ingram Administration Building, became the Companys permanent home on July 5, 2012. The Opera Center accommodates our full range of production and administrative needs and anchors the revitalization of the East Crossroads neighborhood of Kansas City, Missouri.

HOw yOU CaN BE aN INtEGRaL paRt OF tHE CapItaL CampaIGN:


Dr. Loretta M. Britton R. Keith Brumley Dr. Rita M. Burnett Jim and Jennifer DeGood Mr. and Mrs. Lafayette Ford Judge Jon R. Gray and Dr. Valerie E. Chow Mr. and Mrs. Ward Holmquist Michelle LaPointe Phyllis G. Leach Mr. and Mrs. Carl McCaffree Brogan and Lara Sullivan Mr. and Mrs. Chester Thompson Tom and Priscilla Wallingford Dr. Wilma B. Wilcox

NamiNg OppOrtuNities Celebrate your love of opera or honor a friend with a lasting tribute. Naming opportunities are available. pledges Pledges can be made and paid to the Company over a 3-year period to support the Opera Centers construction costs. plaNNed estate gifts Name the Lyric Opera in your estate plan. Estate gifts will support a maintenance reserve to guarantee the preservation of the Opera Center. For more information about the BUILDING FOR SUCCESS capital campaign, please call Michelle LaPointe, Director of Development, at (816) 802-6058 or email Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Arthur and Diane Federman Jane and Keith Gard Mr. and Mrs. Charles Haviland Mr. and Dr. Gregory Hubbard Evan R. Luskin and Andrea C. Kempf Kate and Dan Rieke Paula Winans


Corporations and foundations

lyric opera underWriters $100,000 or more Maestros circle $10,000 or more

Hall Family Foundation muriel mcBrien Kauffman Foundation Lyric opera Circle Lyric opera of Kansas City Foundation richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, Commerce Bank, Trustee
richard j. stern society $50,000 or more

Anonymous Hallmark Corporate Foundation Lyric opera Guild missouri Arts Council National endowment for the Arts William T. Kemper Foundation, Commerce Bank, Trustee
overture patrons $25,000 or more

Cyr Family Charitable remainder Trust Arvin Gottlieb Charitable Foundation, UmB Bank, n.a., Trustee oppenstein Brothers Foundation

Arts Council of metropolitan Kansas City, ArtsKC Fund Francis Family Foundation Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation The H & r Block Foundation The Kansas City Star Helen and Sam Kaplan Charitable Foundation Trust Fund, Country Club Trust Company, Trustee master Craftsmen Foundation metropolitan Performing Arts Fund, UmB Bank, N.A., Investment Advisor and Custodian Neighborhood Tourism Development Fund Polsinelli Shughart residence Inn by marriott on the Plaza Shumaker Family Foundation Vivian and Hymie J. Sosland Charitable Trust The Sosland Foundation Sprint Foundation
iMpresarios $5,000 or more

robert W. Baird/J. michael Sigler Garmin International, Inc. Lathrop & Gage LLP

We gratefully acknoWledge our 2012-2013 season sponsors:



BravissimO patrOns $2,500 or more

virtuOsOs $500 or more

Bank of Kansas City Bartlett and Company Grain Charitable Foundation Country Club Bank DeBruce Companies Dickinson Financial DST Systems, Inc. Husch Blackwell Sanders, LLP mcCownGordon Construction, mr. and mrs. Pat mcCown miller Law Firm Shook Hardy & Bacon, LLP US Bank
aria sOciety $1,000 or more

Anonymous David Woods Kemper Foundation De Priest Family Foundation, Inc. JoAnn meierhoff Charitable remainder Trust, Commerce Bank Performing Arts Scholarship Foundation research and Training Association
cOmprimariOs $250 or more

Charles D. Williams and Company

Lyric Opera chOrus $100 or more

Central States Beverage Company Clevenger Group at morgan Stanley Smith Barney Hartley Family Foundation Lyric opera Foundation Polsky Fund opera America The Parmelee Foundation martha Lee Cain Tranby music enrichment Fund The Trudy Foundation

Copilevitz and Canter LLC ePI INC. Finch and Campbell, LLP General mill machine IBm International Foundation Kaplans Fabrics Kumon Late model Auto Parts mancuso Construction merchant and Gould merck Partnership For Giving Padgett Family Foundation

Lyric Opera Of Kansas city is prOud tO acKnOwLedge the vaLuaBLe suppOrt Of the fOLLOwing federaL, state, and LOcaL agencies:

the Lyric Opera Of Kansas city is a prOud memBer Of the fOLLOwing OrganizatiOns:

Association of Fundraising Professionals Crossroads Community Association Downtown Council of Kansas City Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Greater Kansas City Attractions Association Kansas City Convention and Visitors Association OPERA America

Lyric Opera Of Kansas city


AnGelS And individuAl contributorS

Dr. rita Burnett-Ferguson Joyce Castle mr. and mrs. richard Bruening mr. and mrs. Paul D. Bartlett Bruce and Cathy Cavitt Dr. michael and Ginger Frost mr. and mrs. raymond Joan and Thornton Cooke Backstrom mrs. Beth Ingram mr. and mrs. David embry Donna and ed Carper mike and Vera Seeley mr. and mrs. michael Fields Virginia and Charles Clark Dr. Katherine Florendo and overture patronS Una and morton Creditor Dr. Charles Gibbs $25,000 or more mrs. Ann Dickinson Jane and Keith Gard G. Kenneth and Ann Baum Dr. Fred D. Fowler mr. and mrs. Donald Higdon mr. and mrs. richard m. mr. J. Scott Francis marcia and Stephen Hill Durwood mrs. Caroline French Judith L. King elsberry Family Foundation, Jack and Trudy Gabriel mr. michael Klein Anne and Howard elsberry Judge Jon r. Gray and Dr. maria Kundstadter and Ingram Family Foundation, Dr. Valerie e. Chow Dr. michael Sigler Jill reynolds, Trustee mr. and mrs. moulton Green Phyllis G. Leach mr. Cliff C. Jones Susan Illig Gerald and Beth Lillian mr. edward milbank mr. and mrs. Albert mauro mr. and mrs. Phillip miller mr. and mrs. Landon rowland mr. and mrs. John mr. and mrs. A.H. myers, Jr. middelkamp MaeStroS circle Kenneth and roswitha Deborah Sandler $10,000 or more Schaffer mr. J. michael Sigler mrs. Paul H. Henson Joshua & Jane Sosland mr. and mrs. morton Sosland Joyce Holland Philanthropic Fund of the Kevin and erika Sweeney Lee and Carl mcCaffree Jewish Community Lessie and Chester Thompson Foundation michelle and Chuck ritter Dr. Alfred e. Twomey mary Lou and Dr. Wilber Dr. russell D. Shelden Spalding Dr. Linda e. Voigts and mr. and mrs. C. Humbert mr. Gene Voigts Hinrich and Danielle Staecker Tinsman, Jr. mr. michael Waterford mr. eugene m. Strauss iMpreSarioS Brogan and Lara Sullivan $5,000 or more inGraM anGelS Linda and Steve Taylor $2,000 or more Anonymous ms. Sarah m. Tiedt mr. Charles Andres and T. eugene Bileski and mrs. Jack Tillotson ms. Julia Chapman Diane r. Krizek mr. and mrs. William Atkinson rev. Paul Turner Pat and Don Dagenais mr. and mrs. Thomas Charles and Catherine Ball Ken and marilyn Hager Wallingford mr. and mrs. Scott Blakesley Diane and ernest Neighbor Dr. and mrs. James Wells mr. and mrs. richard W. miller mr. and mrs. robert L. Bloch Dr. Wilma B. Wilcox Dr. Loretta Britton Dr. and mrs. John Yungmeyer Arnold and Donna Brown
richard J. Stern Society $50,000 or more BraviSSiMo patronS $2,500 or more A SpeciAl thAnkS The Lyric Opera of Kansas City gratefully acknowledges Ginger Frost in support of the Ginger Frost high School honors Artists program, which provides musical scholarships to high school students showing vocal excellence or promise.



aria sOciety $1,000 or more

Anonymous mr. and mrs. John Abbott Joan and Bert Berkley Leonard and Irene Bettinger Philanthropic Fund meg and John Brugnoni ms. Barbara Carter Dr. and mrs. Conan Castle Drs. richard and Donna Childs Dr. Gwendolyn Cooke Dr. Thomas Bruce Daniel mr. and mrs. matthew DeCocq mr. and mrs. Homer C. evans Dr. Kimberly Gandy Gateway music Festivals and Tours ellen and John Goheen mrs. H. D. Hale Innes and John Hale Susan and Zack Hangauer Ileana and John Ingraham Charles S. Joss, Jr. mr. and mrs. richard Katz mr. and mrs. robert Kipp mr. and mrs. William Kort Wayne Lippman evan r. Luskin and Andrea C. Kempf Barbara marshall marilyn Patterson Tom and Janice Pearson mr. and mrs. maurice Peve richard and Sarah Porter mr. Jie Zhang and mr. Gary reed Hal and Wilda Sandy mr. and mrs. Thomas Schrader Dr. Stan Scott The Sosland Foundation richard Stitt and Brian Staihr mr. and mrs. Terrence P. Sullivan

Imo erna oBenar George and Suzy Pagels mr. and mrs. Bobby Patton mr. and mrs. roger Prewitt virtuOsOs Ann T. reed $750 or more Jean m. rommes KC Lyric opera Chorus Alums Stephen and Delores Schroff elaine and Benjamin mann Greg and Ann Smith Jack and Jean rosenfield John and Denise Tiller Hal and Nina Sinclair Dr. James and elfrieda Waltz mr. Heinz Wehner Paula Winans Dewey Ziegler m.D. J. robert Wise William Wright cOmprimariOs
$500 or more

Lillie and Jim Trimble Clyde and Katie Wendel Sarah Ye

Ken and Jeanne Bertelson mr. and mrs. Joseph Brandmeyer Nan Chapman mr. and mrs. Forrest Chumley mr. H. Hurst Coffman Dr. Dale and Julie Davis Frederick and Constance DeSieghardt John and Kimberly Drew martin and Sandra eisenman Susan and Bob ellis Angela miratsky-Figas robert Friauf mr. mark Gilman Dr. B. Williams and Cheryl Ginsberg Dr. richard Kent Gutknecht Barnett and Shirley Bush Helzberg Laura Hennessey Caroline Hosford Dr. r. A. rich ed and Ann Kander margo Kren michelle LaPointe Lawrence Lyric opera Guild Dr. and mrs. William mcCollum Kathy and Bill migneron rick and Serena Naylor

chOrus $250 or more

Anonymous ms. Ursel Albers Dr. robert and Harriett Anderson mr. robert Beck Andrea Norris and Tom Beisecker mr. and mrs. George W. Beres Harvey S. Bodker Jack C. and Peggy Bondon robert Bowline robert Brand and Linda Ade Brand Dr. Stanley and margie Brand mr. Baird Brock mr. Hugh Bruner Kay and Jim Calvert Arden and mary Ann Carr ms. Joyce Castle maria e. Chastain-Brand mr. William Clamurro mr. Walter L. Cofer and ms. Nicola r. Heskett Dixie Davidson robert and edna Dillon Kenneth J. Doll mary Jane Duff John and Julia Duty mrs. ellen ellis ms. ellen Feldhausen

Lyric Opera Of Kansas city


Mike and Dannette Fields Ms. Meredith Florian Andrew and Victoria Flower Lance and Melissa Fulton Norman E. and Marilyn A. W. Gaar William and Barbara Gaeddert Douglas and Ann Ghertner Carol-Ann and Mary-Olivia Gibbs Dr. and Mrs. Charles W. Gorodetzky Michael and Judy Graf Anita Toby Grow Drs. Richard and Virginia Gruendel Mr. Ben Hansen and Ms. Tonya Witmer Louise and Allan Hanson Dr. and Mrs. Edward Higgins Dick and Sue Himes Rodney Hipp Jeanne Hollister Dr. John R. Hugo DDS Ms. Margaret Jackson Drs. David & Judy Jacobs Dr. Karen M. Jordan Lt. Col. Daniel Karp and Rosemary Olshanski-Karp Duane and Cosette Kelly Mr. and Mrs. H. Elvin Knight Mr. Jon D. Kowing Ms. Betty Laird Jane Lee Mr. Charles Martin Jacob May and Rosalie Pompushko Douglas and Nina McKenna Donald G. McMican Tom and Loretta Mentzer Mr. William C. Motter Walter and Daisy Muff Ms. Carol Nash Mrs. Gudrun S. Neumann Mrs. Joyce Nichols

Col. and Mrs. D.A. Nowowiejski, PhD, USA Ret Mr. Dale W. OBrien Sandra Ording Dr. and Mrs. Jorge Paradelo Debra and Allen Parmet Braden and Megan Prentice Ann and Paul Raikula Don and Rita Reed Dumont and Barbara Reed Mr. and Mrs. Walter Richardson Dr. and Mrs. Nelson R. Sabates Ms. Joyce Schwartz Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Scott Del and Bev Sherwood Mrs. Hazel Shippee Dr. Medford H. Shively Joel, Dawn, and Aaron Short Dr. Marjorie Sirridge Susie and George Stewart Clyde D. Stoltenberg Gene Switzer Florence Taylor Mr and Mrs. Paul C. Taylor Stephen and Karen Tyler Dennis and Marcia Tighe Edwin and Virginia Trainor Mr. and Mrs. Robert True Dr. and Mrs. John J. Turley George and Elizabeth Ulbrick Doris W. Virden David and Victoria Vlach Bob and Carol Watson Mr. and Mrs. Paul White Julian and Tasha Zugazagoitia
Supernumerary $100 OR MORE
Anonymous Mrs. Mila Achacon Perry and Kaye Adkins Robert and Carolyn Adkins Ms. Kate Alberts Bernie and Liz Albrecht Ms. Ida B. Anderson Dorothy and John Anderson

Eleanor Angelbeck Ms. Elizabeth Appleby Mr. and Mrs. Robert Arens Mr. and Mrs. Donald Austin Bipin Avashia Ms. Rachel Avila Michael Barrett and Cynthia Fung Dr. Amy E. Barth and Mr. Joe Lundsgaard Dr. and Mrs. Ivan Battle Ms. Marlen Beach Mr. John Bechen Penny Beebe Ruth Beedle Al and Barbara Beitchman Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Bembynista Donald and Connie Bennett Kathy and Thomas Bennett Kat and Mark Berger Dan Bernstein James G. Birt Cheryl Blackwell Mr. David Bland Dr. Joanne and Mr. Andrew Bodner Roger Bond and Victoria Hermes-Bond Mrs. Laura Borchert Sherman and Becky Botts Dana and Jeanette Boucher Catherine M. LaBianco and Charles D. Bouska Jane Bowers Christopher and Sharon Bradford Jim D. Brake Tom Brandt Walter and Patricia Brayman Lanny D. Brewer Dr. V. Eileen Broadie Judith B. Brougham Ms. Ann Powell-Brown Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Buchmann Earl of Darlow, Rev. Ben Brian C. Buckles and Mr. Chris Riley Mr. and Mrs. James Budde Bill and Betty Bundschu Frank and Elizabeth Burke Cheryl and Randy Buseman Mr. and Mrs. Jordan Bushman Marilyn Bynum Dick and Sharon Cahill Mr. James G. Cariddi Maureen E. Carmack Dr. and Mrs. Phillip Carr Ms. Frances P. Casey Shawn and Amy Casey Alietia Caughron Mr. Jeff Chaikin and Mr. Lee Siskev John and Sharon Chezik Mr. Tim Chilen Mr. and Mrs. Robert Clark Delbert Clevenger Ms. Carrie Clogg and Mr. Joshua Barlage


Mr. Coakley and Ms. Ratcliffe Mr. C. L. Cocke Dr. and Mrs. Arthur Cohen Mrs. Frances Colonna Ms. Ann S. Costello Mr. and Mrs. James Cowley Bob Craig Ms. Anne Cramer Ms. Suzanne Crandall Dr. and Mrs. Richard L. Cronemeyer Dr. and Mrs. Steve Crouch Bryce and Phyllis Cunningham Mr. David Curtis Mr. and Mrs. William Curtis Allen and Jane Davis Mr. and Mrs. John M. Davis Mr. Michael Davis Tom and Peggy Dean Mr. James M. DeFrancisco Mrs. Clyde F. DeWitt, Jr. Sallie and Martin Dickinson Mr. and Mrs. Richard Dickinson Scout, Marcia and David Dimick Ms. Brenda Dingley Jean and Monroe Dodd Thomas Dow Mr. David and Mrs. Linda Dull Linda and Bill Eddy Mr. and Mrs. Robert Edwards Mr. Kenneth Eiler Mr. and Mrs. Jeffery Elliott Helen J. Embery Mary Emig Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Evans Milo and Paula Farnham Sandy and Frederick Farr Mr. and Mrs. Jay Felton Ms. Kathleen Finegan and Mr. Harris G. Mirkin Mr. Michael Fischbach Mr. James Fitterling Ms. Dona Flory Mr. and Mrs. Evans Folger Vivian H. Forbes Kay and Mike Ford Terry Frazier and Vic Thompson Christopher and Karen Frisbie Chris and Martha Gabel Dr. William M. Chase and Dr. Betse M. Gage Edward and Denise Geier Charles and Carol Getto Kandy Meehan-Gibson and Thomas Gibson Carolyn and Fred Gilhousen Richard and Winifred Gill Joe and Michele Giovagnoli Leo R. Goertz Stanley L. and Geraldine Goldberg Family Fund Bill and Cathie Goodwin

Dr. Bruce Gordon Ms. Laurie Gorton Ms. Linda Ann Grace Jared and Carol Grantham Mr. and Mrs. Winston Grantham Ms. Darlene Green Denis and Jennifer Greene Lee and Amy Greif Cheryl and Donald Grodecki Dr. Roger Gutshall Christopher and Leighann Haggerty Gary and Kay Hale Willa Hamann Sandra and Gerald Handley Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Hanes Dr. and Mrs. Karl Hanson Mr. and Mrs. Tod Haren Dr. and Mrs. Frederick Hartwig Ms. Ann Hauser Ms. Lois Lorene Hawk Mr. Thomas E. Healy Mr. Steven D. Heflin and Ms. Candace Evans George Heiser Tyler Henderson Sandra and Robert Hennessey Mr. and Mrs. Hickok Mr. Ralph Hile Richard Hill Ms. Kathleen Hipps Mr. Paul Hirsch Joe and Norma Hoagland Ms. Laura Hockaday Mr. and Mrs. George W. Holden Mr. and Mrs. Ward G. Holmquist Ms. Angela Hopper Nikolas H. Huffman Mr. Dale Hughes Dr. and Mrs. Robert Hughes Ibsen Dance Theatre Ted and Judy Ingis Jill Reynolds Mrs. Vera Isenberg Donald and Georgette James Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jenkins John and Phyllis Jensen Joseph Jensen Janice Jensen Duane and Gabby Jewel Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Johanson Bruce and Cynda Johnson Dr. and Mrs. Paul Johnson Dr. Robert E. and Dr. Rebecca Johnson Russell and Susan Johnson Mr. Gary E. Jones Mr. and Mrs. Jesse F. Jones III Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Juarez Dr. and Mrs. Henry Kanarek Mr. Sen Kane Mr. and Mrs. Bob Kelly Lesley T. Ketzel

Dr. Sam Kim Dr. and Mrs. Lynn Kindred Ms. Marti Moore Ms. Colleen Kirch Ms. Pamela R. Klipsch Mr. and Mrs. Knapp Pam Knutson Dr. John W. Kosko, Jr. William and Kimberly Kraft Dr. and Mrs. Don Kuenzi Eric and Leslie Kulick Dr. and Mrs. Robert H. Kurth Carol and David Kyner Mr. Jim Laramy Greag and Karen Lauber Dr. Patricia A. Lawlor Dr. and Mrs. Le Pichon Mr. Michael Lee Susan Leininger Dr. Bruce and Mrs. Lerner Siobhan McLaughlin Lesley Dr. Wayne L. Letizia Bernard and Joan Levine Muriel O. Levinson Lisa K. Studtman Piano Studios Ms. Janice Liten Myra and Malcolm Litman Dave and Dorothy Long Mark and Karen Long Mrs. Meredith L. Lopez Ms. Linda Luckey In Honor of Russell Patterson Dr. Sharon Lynch and Mr. Michael Dugger Dr. Christopher Lyon Franz Blaha and Linda Mahloch Ms. Jerilyn Main Mr. Keith Majors Larisa Martin Mr. David Maschger Mrs. Marion Mathenia Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Mayer Michael and Marcy Mazzarella Hon. Patrick and Patricia McAnany Ms. Kathleen McCarther Dr. and Mrs. W. C. McCoy Mr. Andrew McDonald Dr. and Mrs. H. Richard McFarland Dr. Barbara McGrath Ms. Beth McMillen Mr. and Mrs. George McNeish Dr. Maria Rosa Menocal Kurt and Marilyn Metzl Mr. Alvin Meyer Mr. Robar Mike and Ms. Junetta Duncan Mr. Ira Miller Mr. C. Michel Minor Jane Mobley and Phil Hofstra Patrick and Terri Modlin Rob Montague Eric and Doris Montegna

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Drs. Michael and Grace Morrison Ms. Daphne Nan Muchnic Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Mullin Mr. and Mrs. Reed Murphy, III Ms. Kathleen Newell Dr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Nicholas Margaret M. Nichols Nick Nicholson and Patty Gee Nicholson Barry and Margaret Nickell Fielding and Janice Norton Eric Nummela Mr. Frederick Oberrider Jean and Ed ODonnell B. Oleen Mr. and Mrs. Edward OMalley Mr. and Mrs. Dean Owens Mr. and Mrs. Dominic Paicca Bill Pallucca Dr. Allen and Jeannie Parelman Mr. and Mrs. Richard Parizek Dr. and Mrs. George Parkins Mr. Venkat R. Pasnoori Cynthia Patton Dr. Ronald and Donna Patton Steve Paul and Carol Zastoupil John M. Pearson Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Pentlin Timothy W. Peters Mr. Arthur Peterson and Ms. Evelyn Peterson Mr. and Mrs. William Pfeiffer, Sr. Mr. John Pinegar Scott Pittack Carrie Pohl Samantha and Tammy Poirier Mr. Michael J. Polk and Mr. Zachary S. Keeter Barbara Poole Rosalie M. Poss K. Paul and Queeny Poulose Richard Preis Ms. Maggie Presson Kathryn Pruessner Mr. and Mrs. Donald Purtle Mr. Dale H. Rahn Diane E. Rapp Drs. Eric and Stephanie Rasmussen Jochen Rathert Ms. Pamela Ratliff Nanci Regan and Robert Lunn Mr. Nathan Reiz Dana L. Reyolds Dennis and Palle Rilinger Angela Rizzo and Jennifer Parker Carol J. Royster, Gordon and Marylyn Robertson Mr. and Mrs. David P. Ross Gunilla of Sweden Mr. Jesse W. Ruff, Jr. Richard and Beverly Rush Mr. and Mrs. Harold Sader

Mr. and Mrs. Francesco Sanitate Monica Santos on behalf of Antella Engineering George and Cecelia Sauer Margaret Sauer Michael Saunders Allison Schieber Linda and David Schmidt Drs. Charles and Patricia Schultz Mr. and Mrs. Schwankl Ladd and Karen Seaberg Uri and Marlene Seiden Becky Selzer Dr. and Mrs. Robert Serra Mr. and Mrs. Peter Shapiro Michael and Anne Shaw John and Lori Sherk Judy and Steve Sherry Marion H. Shippee Mr. Keith E. Shostrom Dr. Fred Shuler and Dr. Perri Ginder Mrs. Merna Siegler Sheryl Sievers Mr. and Mrs. Ray Silvey Mrs. Pamela Simpson Robert Simpson Fred and Lilian Six Mr. and Mrs. Charles Smith Gary and Sharon Smith Kelton W. H. Smith Barbara Sonnenmoser Mr. and Mrs. Neil Sosland Jack and Barbara Spilker Albert St. Germain Mr. and Mrs. O.J. Stacey William and Kathleen Stafford Mrs. Janet Starks Brian and Dian Steele Pat and Jack Stelmach Mr. and Mrs. H. Peter Stettler Gaye McCarty Stevick Mr. and Mrs. Mike Stutzman Ann L. Sundeen Ms. Sharon Ambroz Fredrick and Abigail Woods Tempel Mr. and Mrs. Evan Thomas Col. and Mrs. Jack D. Thomas Benjamin and Marilyn Tilghman Mr. Dennis Tilson Timothy Todd and Katherine Ms. Julia A. Trotter Daniel L. Turner and Carol Dziadik Turner Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Turner Mr. Mark & Ms. Claire Ungarshick Joanne Van Beber Ms. Kimberly Vanzwoll Paul, Catherine, and Alexander Vesce Ms. Mary Denise Wagner Steven and Nina Wallace Mr. Jim Waller

Ms. Cynthia Walley Mr. John Ward Victoria H. Watts Ms. Martha J. Webster Mr. and Mrs. David Wetz Byron and Sandra Whitaker Mr. and Mrs. Scott J. White Dr. Stephen and Diana Whitney Ms. Cathy Whorton Winfried Wiegraebe and Wanda Clon-Cesario Bruce J. Williams Dave and Nan Wilson June S. Windscheffel Mr. and Mrs. Murray Winicov Edward L. Winthrop Ms. Carolyn Wirtanen John & Charlotte Wood Mike and Maggie Wood Richard and Debbie Wood Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wood Mr. Bob Woodbury Larry and Beverly Worrall John and Jane Yatsook Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Yu Ms. Lori Zaderenko Mr. and Mrs. Robert Zeysing Dr. Judith Zivanovic Jackie Spears and Dean Zollman

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The Lyric Opera of Kansas City apprentice program offers selected students at the University of Kansas and University of Missouri-Kansas City 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.

2012-2013 Lyric Opera Of Kansas city apprentices

The Lyric Opera has a proven track record of casting apprentice program alumni in leading roles when appropriate. Lyric Opera of Kansas City Apprentices have appeared with opera companies small and large from around the world, some who are on the stage for Madama Butterfly.

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When asked about things our audiences would be surprised to learn about her, Ms. tredent didnt pause when mentioning, i LOVE to bake. as part of the Companys 10 Questions series with artists, Ms. tredent shared all about her other potential careers and an affinity for all operas Puccini, read excerpts from her interview below. What story about your personal/professional life do you wish reporters would tell when promoting your work for a producing Company, but have not? elizabeth: i would not be here had i not been encouraged by my brother, sister-in-law, and local choir director to audition for vocal performance. i thought i was a big fish in a small pond, and the thought of pursuing this path seemed insane! What is an average day like for you? Do you have a set routine? elizabeth: i wish i had a routine, but with different class schedules, it is nearly impossible! i try to practice two hours a day as well as work out five days a week. Scan the Qr code (right) or visit the Lyric Opera Blog at to read the full interview along with other Madama Butterfly related content.

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Companies participating in the Employer Share program contribute to the cost of Lyric Opera of Kansas City tickets purchased by their employees. Their assistance benefits both the Lyric Opera and the many employees who are able to attend. Participating companies may also be eligible for benefits such as special ticket promotions, backstage tours or performance teasers, where a Lyric Opera singer can come right to your workplace. Joining the program is easy! It takes only minutes to enroll your company and well do the rest. We provide all of the materials youll need to keep your employees up to date on every performance.
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The encore SocieTy

The Lyric Opera planned giving program will allow you to share the gift of opera with future audiences and create a legacy of your own. Through the Encore Society, you will support programs you are passionate about and receive tax benefits for you and your estate.
Founding MeMbers charter MeMbers

Mrs. Madeline Benoit* Mrs. Jacqueline Coen* Mr. and Mrs. Bernard D. Craig Dr. and Mrs. Morton C. Creditor Mr. and Mrs. Don Dagenais Mrs. Carolyn Dayani Mrs. Ann K. Dickinson Mr. and Mrs. Richard Durwood Dr. Fred D. Fowler Mrs. Caroline French Mr. and Mrs. Keith Gard Mr. and Mrs. Joe A. Harter Mr. and Mrs. Stephen H. Hill Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Holland, Jr. Mrs. Beth Ingram Mr. and Mrs. H. Elvin Knight, Jr. Dr. Revis Lewis* Mr. Jack May and Dr. Rosalie Pompushko Mr. and Mrs. Joe Miller Mrs. Vivian Menees Nelson* Mr and Mrs. L. Joshua Sosland Mrs. Alice Statland and the late Dr. Harry Statland Mr. and Mrs. C. Humbert Tinsman Ms. Julie Holmquist Mr. Hal vonBohnhoff Dwight Youngman
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Mr. Bob Baughman* Mrs. Carolyn Gordanier Mr. and Mrs. John Grow Gary D. Harms John Kander Elizabeth Liftin* Virginia M. Long Ann T. Reed Mr. and Mrs. Jack Rosenfield Lisa Sicola Mr. J. Michael Sigler Mr. John J. Strandberg* Mr. Thomas Sotham* Dr. Wilma B. Wilcox Ms. Paula Winans Mr. and Mrs. Jonah Wright
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