Arts Corner

REVIEW: Lyric Opera concludes season with witty, attractive production

It’s hard to say which opera is the most popular in the repertoire, but The Barber of Seville certainly ranks among the top five. This wittiest of comedies formed a fitting conclusion to what may have been the Lyric Opera’s most distinguished season so far – its first in the Kauffman Center – and the four originally scheduled performances of it were selling so briskly that the company added a fifth. (The show runs through April 29th.

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TOP PICKS IN MUSIC, DANCE AND THEATRE FOR FALL OF 2012

After one of the most gruelingly hot summers in Kansas City history, Our Town gets a fabulously hot autumn – culturally speaking, that is – with a sizzling selection of musical artists, dancers, visiting celebrities, vibrant drama, and raucous comedies available for your pleasure. Below are our highly opinionated suggestions of choices for the fall season.

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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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