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LYRIC OPERA OPENS SECOND KAUFFMAN CENTER SEASON

BUTTERFLY EFFECT: Lyric’s production features soprano who made big splash here last season
Elizabeth Caballero has built an opera career playing strong women, and she knows a bit about mettle herself. When she was 6 she and her family boarded a boat off the shore of Cuba and set off for America, as part of the 1980 mass immigration known as the Mariel Boatlift.

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QUALITY IS THEIR FIRST NAME

PLAYHOUSE PRESENTS SPECIAL RUN OF NEW YEAR’S EVE PROGRAM
One of the highlights of each holiday season in Kansas City is Quality Hill Playhouse’s annual New Year’s Eve Cabaret, which executive director J. Kent Barnhart and friends have been performing for 18 years. This past New Year’s Eve, Kent was joined by vocalist Molly Hammer and double bassist Brian Wilson for a program they called Back on Base. “It really was magic,” Kent says.

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SEASON OF DREAMS: ARTS GROUPS ANNOUNCE NEW SEASONS

Several of Kansas City’s major performing arts organizations have announced their 2012-2013 seasons in recent weeks and now is the time to think about subscribing or renewing your existing subscriptions.
Some renewal deadlines have already passed, so call soon. Phone numbers are listed below. Check websites for more information. Scroll down for a summary of the Harriman-Jewell Series, which was posted a few days ago.

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PASSION FOR OPERA: Lyric’s new leader has reputation for growing companies

Deborah Sandler traveled many roads before finding her niche: She sang, played the piano, studied mathematics, worked on a doctorate in musicology, wrote grant applications. But when she started working in opera, she knew she’d come home. “Producing opera is really my passion,” says the Philadelphia native, who on July 1st becomes the Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s new General Director — succeedingEvan Luskin,who will retire after 26 years with the company.

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