Lyric Opera of Kansas City Announces the 2023–2024 Season

Lyric Opera 2023–2024 Season: Cavalleria rusticana | Pagliacci, The Sound of Music, Roméo et Juliette, Journey to Valhalla
Lyric Opera 2023–2024 Season

Welcome to Lyric Opera’s 66th season of outstanding musical storytelling! Experience our season of diverse classics with a quintessential double bill, revival of a treasured American classic, a famed story retold in epic proportions, and an exploration of one of opera’s mythological finest.




Turiddu returns from war to find his love, Lola, married to another. In a scheme to induce jealousy, he seduces Santuzza. As swiftly as she is beguiled, Santuzza is discarded while Turiddu begins an affair with his old flame. After the conclusion of Easter mass, passions erupt and expose the ugliness of jealousy. With stirring melodies as iconic as the story, Cavalleria rusticana reveals the consequences of infidelity and the lengths we might go to for revenge.


The passions of ordinary people take center stage in Leoncavallo’s classic verismo tale of resentment and possession. Drama seeps into the fabric of a small traveling theater troupe led by Canio and his wife, Nedda. When his suspicions of Nedda’s affair are confirmed, Canio must put on a smile and entertain despite his broken heart. Numb to the ugliness of their world, the audience is left to interpret whether the plot before them is theater or reality.

Saturday, September 23, 2023 | 7:30 pm
Friday, September 29, 2023 | 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 1, 2023 | 2:00 pm

Music by Pietro Mascagni* and Ruggero Leoncavallo^ | Libretto by Pietro Mascagni* and Ruggero Leoncavallo^
Performed in Italian with English subtitles

While she decides whether to become a nun, free-spirited Maria takes a job as governess to the seven children of widower and Austro-Hungarian Navy submarine captain Georg von Trapp. She quickly falls for the children and eventually Georg. Nazi Germany eventually annexes Austria, pressuring Georg to accept a commission in the German Navy. Maria and Georg are forced to make life-changing decisions and a daring escape to protect their values and love. Relive this heartwarming story of love, family, music, and triumph in a new large-scale production of a Broadway classic.

Music by Richard Rogers | Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein
Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse
Suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp
Performed in English with English subtitles.

Saturday, November 4, 2023 | 7:30 pm
Wednesday, November 8, 2023 | 7:30 pm
Friday, November 10, 2023 | 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 11, 2023 | 2:00 pm
Sunday, November 12, 2023 | 2:00 pm

How can you heighten the drama of Shakespeare’s most famous play? By giving it the French grand opera treatment. Gounod’s adaptation of Romeo and Juliet follows Shakespeare’s centuries-old tale and brings this familiar tragedy to an epic crescendo. With an expansive score, gorgeous sets, and period costumes, you’ll see Shakespeare’s tale as you’ve never experienced it before.

Saturday, March 9, 2024 | 7:30 pm
Friday, March 15, 2024 | 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 17, 2024 | 2:00 pm

Music by Charles Gounod | Libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré
Performed in French with English subtitles.

Are you ready for an epic musical journey? Richard Wagner’s legendary four-opera cycle, The Ring of the Nibelung, based on ancient Norse mythology, is one of the most significant achievements in music and opera history. Our semi-staged concert, Journey to Valhalla, brings to life the best moments from The Ring of the Nibelung, an all-encompassing story of gods, dwarves, and humans in a world of magic, power, and greed. This breathtaking journey through Wagner’s orchestrations and soaring vocal lines will transport you to a world of adventure and features the Kansas City Symphony alongside powerful Wagnerian singers.

Friday, May 3, 2024 | 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 5, 2024 | 2:00 pm