Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Inc.
1725 Holmes Street
Kansas City MO 64108-1538
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 4714933
Mission Statement

To make Lyric Opera of Kansas City indispensable to the public through:

  • Transformational opera experiences 
  • Broad service which captures the hearts and minds of our communities
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Deborah Sandler
Board Chair Mr. Kenneth V. Hager
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired Executive
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1958
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement

To make Lyric Opera of Kansas City indispensable to the public through:

  • Transformational opera experiences 
  • Broad service which captures the hearts and minds of our communities
Background Statement

Founded in 1958, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City produces four operas annually between the months of September and May.  We have become one of the nation’s premier regional opera companies, and we reach approximately 40,000 people annually through our artistic programming and our education and community engagement activities.  Our repertoire encompasses 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. The Lyric Opera offers innovative programs designed to further music and arts education both in schools and in the community, and serves more than 8,000 students each year.

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. The Lyric Opera offers innovative and award-winning programs designed to further music and arts education both in schools and in the community, and serves more than 8,000 students each year.

In the Fall of 2011, the Lyric Opera became one of resident companies at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, one of the most acoustically advanced opera venues in the world. In July of 2012, the Lyric Opera moved into the Richard J. Stern Opera Center in Kansas City’s Crossroads District, a move that has greatly enhanced the Lyric Opera’s production, educational, and administrative capabilities, enabling the Lyric Opera to make the most of the state-of-the-art resources at the Kauffman Center.
Impact Statement

Our top accomplishments in 2017-18 were:

1. We were the lead company in a new co-production of Eugene Onegin, partnering with three other opera companies. This arrangement allowed us to share the costs of this new production, with new sets built by us.
 2. Our staging of Everest was the first production of this new opera since its 2015 world premiere at The Dallas Opera. The production created a thrilling space on stage to explore the true story of climbers caught in a deadly blizzard on the world's tallest mountain in 1996.
3. As part of our new second stage performance series, Explorations, which offers adventurous programming in eclectic spaces, we stage The Bernstein Songbook at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral.
4. As part of Explorations, we staged the chamber opera As One in our Production Arts Building. As One, which had its world premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2014, tells the story of Hannah, a transgender woman, as sung by a baritone and a mezzo-soprano, accompanied by a string quartet.
 
Our top goals for 2018-19 are:
 
1. Bring the art of opera to life as a living, breathing, relevant expression of humanity that connects with audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
2. Produce the best work possible, whether the production is well known, less known, or new, and work with the most talented artists locally and from around the world to present it.
3. Provide education programs to make opera accessible to young people in the community, including both introductory experiences and more intensive programs, offering both depth and breadth.
4. Provide adult education and community engagement programs that offer current patrons the opportunity to deepen their operatic experience, and that reach people who don't yet know how opera can offer a new lens to experience the world.
5. Offer programming that reaches new and more diverse audiences. 
 
 
Needs Statement
  1. Maintaining the artistic excellence of our productions. 
  2. Explorations, our second stage performance series, with programming that crosses musical borders.
  3. Our comprehensive roster of youth education programs. 
  4. Our adult education / community engagement programs.
  5. Endowment fund.
Service Categories
Opera
Arts Education
Performing Arts Centers
Areas of Service
National
MO
KS
Lyric Opera of Kansas City brings high quality live operatic performances to the people of the Kansas City area and a five-state region.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

When the Lyric was founded in 1958, the founders had a vision to make opera accessible to a modern audience. Sixty years later, Lyric Opera of Kansas City is still firmly committed to that vision. We have made it our mission to make opera indispensable to Kansas City through adventurous programming over a wide range of repertoire. Our 2018-19 season is designed to surprise, delight, and inspire the seasoned opera lover and the newcomer alike.

Programs
Description The Lyric Opera stages four main stage productions each season at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The repertoire includes traditional popular works and contemporary opera. The company performs works in their original languages with English subtitles. 
Program Budget $2,320,053.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Opera Performances
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success

The mainstage programming in the 2018-19 season will reach over 20,000 attendees. We expect West Side Story to reach a particularly broad and diverse audience, and to be an exploration of how we can both present and define the operatic experience in fresh and accessible ways. Madama Butterfly and The Pearl Fishers will explore how Western attitudes toward other cultures have been conveyed in the art form of opera. And while the plot of Cosi fan tutte is the stuff of farce, it will be a surprisingly subtle and profound exploration of human nature. 

Long-Term Success

The Lyric Opera will continue to develop a dedicated audience of individuals who enjoy an eclectic mix of operatic repertoire and styles of production. The Lyric will contribute to the growth and development of the careers of emerging singers, directors, conductors and designers. The Lyric Opera will receive critical acclaim, both local and national. The Lyric Opera will remain financially stable. 

Program Success Monitored By Positive reviews on a local, regional and national level. Growth in both earned and contributed income. Successful auditions attracting talented individuals to the company to perform.
Examples of Program Success

Review of Everest in the 2017-18 Season: Writing for The Independent, Paul Horsley noted Everst's "dazzling physical production," and declared "Everest shows us that an opera can be true to the artistic integrity of operatic history and appeal to a lay audience with a story that is approachable and gripping enough that one almost forgets that it is an opera. It's drama, pure and simple."

Our production of Eugene Onegin was a co-production with three other opera companies, which allowed us to share the costs of mounting a new production of this work, with new sets designed and built by us as the lead company. In praising the elegance of the set, costumes, and lighting, The Independent's Paul Horsley observed that this co-production "shows what pooled resources can provide."

Description

Our Explorations performance series, with an eclectic range of works to be performed at at a variety of venues in the community, features adventurous programming that reaches into the world of vocal music beyond the fully staged operas that we produce at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. This programming diversity will appeal to a broader audience, extending our reach into the community. And, in addition to expanding our repertory, the intimacy of our Explorations performances will create a new kind of experience for audiences.  Explorations also will showcase the singers in the Lyric’s new Resident Artists Program, which is described below.

Program Budget $75,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Musical Performances
Population Served Adults, ,
Short-Term Success The Explorations performance series draws a broader, more diverse audience.
Long-Term Success The broader, more diverse audiences who attend the Explorations performance series also become patrons of the Lyric Opera's main stage productions.
Program Success Monitored By Lyric Opera ticket sales.
Examples of Program Success
 Half of the persons who attended our 2016-17 Explorations series were new to the Lyric Opera.
 
KCMetropolis.org's Anthony Rodgers praised As One, one of the Explorations programs in the 2017-18 season, saying "As One is a needed work of musical art. Exploring ideas of identity, freedom, and compassion, this opera doesn't shy away from real issues and speaks volumes in today's society, where many voices are shut down. And great kudos to the Lyric for bringing new works to Kansas City and helping to expand awareness of sensitive topics and the shared emotions of all humans."
 
Description
  • In Lyric Opera Express, students in grades 3 through 6 perform for their school alongside professional opera singers in a highly engaging children’s opera.
  • In our Student Dress Rehearsal program, students attend the final dress rehearsal of a production.
  • In Opera: Up Close and Personal, artists visit schools for a close-up look at different aspects of opera.
  • In Opera Camp, children and teens are introduced to opera and taught singing and acting skills, culminating in a performance for family and friends.
  • High School Honors Artists is a program in which students receive free professional training.
  • In our Young Artists Program, graduate students at UMKC and KU receive training and participate in our productions.
  • Words + Music brings together teen writers in the Coterie Theatre’s Young Playwright’s Roundtable and students in the Composition Department at the UMKC Conservatory.
Program Budget $285,455.00
Category Education, General/Other Extracurricular Arts & Culture
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success Every student, parent, and teacher involved in a program sees a live opera performance. Students develop a knowledge of opera, and an understanding of and ability to discuss complex social issues related to the content of the operas. Issues such as tolerance and integrity are addressed in the hope that young people will apply these life lessons to their daily interactions with others. Students of all abilities receive hands-on vocal and dramatic performance experience.
Long-Term Success Through feedback from teachers, parents and students, we have found that prolonged in-depth experience in arts education programs gives the students a strong connection to the art form of opera, helps them feel ownership of the company, and strengthens their desire to continue to participate in the arts. Many of our students have been participating with us for as many as 10 years, and they and their families have become advocates for the arts. Children are given opportunities to build social and academic skills and participate in the kind of in-depth arts experiences that are lacking in many public schools.
Program Success Monitored By Teachers, students and parents are provided with pre- and post-project surveys and evaluations to measure the effectiveness of the program. These evaluations are used to change and fine tune programs to make them more relevant for the participants in the future.
Examples of Program Success Evaluations from participants, students, teachers and parents show the strengths of our education programs. We seek "kindred spirits" of all ages and backgrounds, and serve young people in many school districts in the metropolitan area, including at-risk and underserved populations. The Lyric Opera has received national recognition from Opera America for our education programs, and several are models for other opera companies.
Description
  • At Ease with Opera features speakers who discuss an upcoming production or a general topic in the field of opera, offering background and insights into the art form. 
  • Our First Friday Opera Previews, held at the Richard J. Stern Opera Center in the East Crossroads, introduces opera to the diverse crowds that come to the Crossroads District for First Fridays.
  • Opera Previews, presented one hour before every performance, are entertaining and offer a wealth of background about the composer, context, and history of the opera.
  • Opera to Go is a program that brings singers from our Young Artists Program to perform at area retirement communities.
Program Budget $20,200.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Adults, ,
Short-Term Success Continued growth in attendance at our adult education/community engagement programming.
Long-Term Success Long-term success is demonstrated by our patrons' greater enjoyment of the opera experience.
Program Success Monitored By Tracking attendance and eliciting feedback.
Examples of Program Success Thousands of individuals attend these activities each season.
Description Led by Vinson Cole, UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance faculty member and one of the leading artists of his generation, our Resident Artists Program  is an expansion of our highly successful Young Artists Program for graduate students. The launch of RAP, combined with our Apprentice Program, signals the creation of the first-ever resident company for the Lyric Opera. The Resident Artists receive professional performance experience and artistic training.  The Resident Artists will appear in mainstage roles; work with visiting guest artists, conductors, and directors; participate in master classes and career coaching; study leading roles; make musical appearances in the community; and participate our new Explorations series, which will focus on intimate gems of the vocal music repertoire.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Artists' Services
Population Served Adults, ,
Short-Term Success The musical appearances of the resident artists extend the reach of the Lyric Opera into the community; the professional growth of the resident artists.
Long-Term Success The professional success of the talented young artists nurtured by this program.
Program Success Monitored By The program director will evaluate the program as it progresses; the senior staff will monitor and evaluate program success.
Examples of Program Success The program has just begun its first season.
CEO Comments

We have an organizational vision to bring the best of opera to Kansas City, and to bring the best of Lyric Opera of Kansas City to the world. Our Strategic Plan development keeps this goal in sight as we work through the steps to keep opera relevant and develop new audiences. New programs such as the Studio Artists Program will serve post-graduate voice students and bring more opera to diverse audiences. Long term plans call for us to produce an annual Family Festival that will include "family operas" and activities for children. We look forward to carrying opera into the 21st century.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Deborah Sandler
Term Start July 2012
Experience

Deborah Sandler joined Lyric Opera of Kansas City as General Director and CEO on July 1, 2012. She was previously Director of Development and External Affairs at the Kentucky School of Art at Spalding University in Louisville. Before that she was General Director of Kentucky Opera, where she increased the audience more than 43% and individual contributions 136% over seven years. Ms. Sandler also was the General Director of the Opera Festival of New Jersey in Princeton. Over her 10 years with that company, she grew the budget from $500,000 to $1.6 million and successfully led the company into a new performance venue, nearly doubling the audience. She developed extensive touring and educational residency programs for both opera companies.

Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Evan Luskin Sept 1958 - June 1998
Senior Staff
Title Chief Finance Officer
Experience/Biography Jeff Walker has an M.S. in Accounting, Business Administration and English from William Jewell College.  He earned an MBA from the University of Saint Mary in 2002.  Jeff has spent the majority of his professional career in the nonprofit sector, having worked for the Kansas City, Kansas Chamber of Commerce, Community Housing of Wyandotte County, Sunflower House, the National World War I Museum and, most recently, Johnson County Library. He has been a longtime season subscriber of the Lyric Opera and is thrilled to be putting his professional skills to use toward the betterment of opera in Kansas City.  
Title Director of Education and Community Engagement
Experience/Biography

Linda Ade Brand has directed for the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, The American Heartland Theatre, The Coterie, Quality Hill Playhouse, and the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre. She taught and directed for five years in the Theatre Department at Avila College, and for ten years in the Conservatory at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She spent four seasons with Opera in the Ozarks and thirteen seasons with the Des Moines Metro Opera. She has extensive experience with Lyric Opera education programs, having taught at our Summer and Spring Break Opera Camps and directed numerous family operas.

Title Chief Development Officer
Experience/Biography

Bellinger has over a decade of experience in fundraising in both San Diego, CA and Kansas City. Most recently in Kansas City, he was the Director of Development and Advancement for Cornerstones of Care, a $58 million family of five agencies serving children and families in Missouri and Kansas.

Title Artistic Administrator
Experience/Biography Prior to joining the Lyric Opera, Trexell spent five years as Director of Artistic Operations and Director of Artistic Planning at Opera Colorado, three years as Artistic Administrator at Royal Danish Opera, and twelve years at San Francisco Opera, eventually becoming Artistic Administrator.
Title Creative Consultant
Experience/Biography Cole, whose career has taken him to major opera houses around the world, has also taught at the University of Washington School of Music, the New England Conservatory of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Aspen Music Festival and School, Glimmerglass Opera, and the Santa Fe Opera. Currently, he is a faculty member at the Conservatory of Music and Dance at UMKC.
Title Director of Marketing and Communications
Experience/Biography Debra Bell is an arts administrator with more than twenty years of experience in the field, focusing primarily on marketing & sales, community relations, media relations, and audience development at the Mississippi Museum of Art, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Opera, and The Glimmerglass Festival. She is a member of the advisory board of Resonance Works-Pittsburgh. Deb holds M.A. (Arts Administration) and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Cincinnati and University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Title Director of Production
Experience/Biography
Tracy Davis-Singh received her bachelor’s degree in Technical Theatre and Music from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls. For three years she was Assistant Stage Manager at Houston Grand Opera, and she continued her career as stage manager at Seattle Opera, Cleveland Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Anchorage Opera, Mobile Opera, Pensacola Opera, and Des Moines Metro Opera. Ms. Davis has stage managed with the Lyric Opera since 2003 and was hired as interim director of production in January of 2007, became full time director in July 2007.
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 21
Paid Part-Time Staff 5
Volunteers 63
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 75%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 24
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Other (Please Specify) 0
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 18
Male 8
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations

The Lyric Opera has numerous recurring community partnerships.  The Kansas City Symphony provides the musicians for our mainstage productions.   Our Words + Music program is a collaboration with the Coterie Theatre’s Young Playwright’s Roundtable and the Composition Department at the UMKC Conservatory for Music and Dance.  Our Apprentice Program involves graduate students at the University of Missouri – Kansas City and the University of Kansas.  The Lyric also collaborates with the Kansas City Art Institute, where students in a life drawing class make sketches of models with costumes, sets, and props from Lyric productions and show their drawings and paintings in an end-of-semester showcase.  Our Veterans Chorus has introduced opera to communities represented by the Veterans Administration and the National World War I Museum.  In addition, we collaborate with the Kansas City Museum with Lyric Opera singers performing there in holiday programs. Opera Goes to the Movies is a collaboration with the UMKC Continuing Education Department and the Tivoli Cinemas at Manor Square.  We have also collaborated with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Kansas City Public Library,

Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments
One of our challenges is to develop new audiences for opera, and our organizational vision calls for us to engage many different Kansas City communities beyond the walls of the Kauffman Center, with activities, programs and services designed to excite and engage people who have not yet considered opera as a part of their consciousness and lives.  

The Vision part of our statement sees the Lyric Opera of Kansas City bringing not only the best of opera to Kansas City but the best of Lyric Opera of Kansas City to the world. Opera becomes a transformational experience when the best of talent and production standards meet, offering Quality, Innovation, Consistency, and Inspiration. By creating what is of value to the world of opera here in Kansas City, we establish our own unique identity and reputation.  

The Values part of our statement calls for us to perform at the highest level of professionalism through a spectrum of activities which include: Artistic Excellence, Education, Community Engagement, and Operational and Fiscal Responsibility. 

Artistic Excellence extends throughout all of our programs: 

  • To produce the highest quality of work which represents the entire spectrum of opera repertoire. This includes the performance of standard repertoire, underperformed works, and new works deserving of an audience, thus contributing the sustenance of the art form. 
Finally, we need to participate in the ongoing vitality of the opera field by developing new work, either as an originator or partner.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Kenneth V. Hager
Company Affiliation Retired Executive
Term July 2016 to June 2019
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Scott Blakesley Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP Partner
Mr. Richard P. Bruening Retired Executive
Dr. Rita M. Burnett-Ferguson Dentist
Ms. Joanne Burns Cerner
Mr. Thomas W. Butch Waddell & Reed
Mrs. Una Creditor Community Volunteer
Ms. Anne W. Elsberry Community Volunteer
Dr. Melinda L. Estes President & CEO, Saint Luke's Health System
Mr. Craig Evans Stinson Leonard Street LLP
Mr. Michael D. Fields Commerce Bank
Mr. Lafayette J. Ford IIISVP, PNC Financial Services Group
Mr. Michael D. Frost Community Volunteer
Mr. Jack Gabriel Retired Executive
Ms. Jane Loftus Gard SVP Commerce Trust Private Banking
Mr. Kenneth V. Hager Retired Executive
Mr. Richard Hu HJM Architects, Inc.
Mrs. Beth Ingram Community Volunteer
Ms. Phyllis G. Leach Hallmark Cards, Inc.
Mr. Edward P. Milbank Milbank Mills, Inc
Dr. Ernest Neighbor Physician
Dr. Margaret Nickell Physician
Mr. J. Michael Sigler Robert W. Baird & Co.
Mr. Kevin R. Sweeney Posinelli Shughart
Mr. Steve Taylor Community Volunteer
Mr. Michael Viazzoli CEO and President, Bank of Kansas City
Mr. Tom Whittaker JE Dunn
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 23
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 17
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 66%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 95%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 75%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Standing Committees
Audit
Education
Executive
Finance
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Trusteeship
Capital Campaign
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
CEO Comments
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $7,174,453
Projected Expenses $7,174,453
Endowment Value $8,521,566
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 3
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2016, 2015: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • FYE 6/30/2014: Financial data reported using the organization's audited financial statements. 
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item includes contributions from individuals.  
Detailed Financials
 
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$3,932,648$4,279,635$5,764,775
Government Contributions$168,205$158,422$51,817
Federal----$0
State----$0
Local----$0
Unspecified$168,205$158,422$51,817
Individual Contributions----$0
$0$0$0
$1,974,636$1,974,813$2,055,033
Investment Income, Net of Losses$668$104$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$468,442$533,019$744,482
Revenue In-Kind$0$40,704$12,473
Other$69,026$62,591$45,947
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$5,686,549$5,713,699$3,478,099
Administration Expense$755,715$748,998$4,522,579
Fundraising Expense$584,882$556,751$654,948
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.941.001.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses81%81%40%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue13%11%10%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$18,911,582$19,171,089$27,451,920
Current Assets$18,800,918$19,074,180$3,334,982
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$10,290,000
Current Liabilities$1,004,709$1,204,684$1,252,988
Total Net Assets$17,906,873$17,966,405$15,908,932
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities18.7115.832.66
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%37%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Anonymous $575,000 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Anonymous $402,500 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Anonymous $196,000 --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments
Our move into the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts has presented us with incredible artistic opportunities and financial challenges. The new venue enables us to produce opera on an entirely new artistic and technological level, attracting world-class singers to Kansas City. We are now able to partner with opera companies such as the San Francisco Opera and Washington National Opera. The technical capabilities of the new hall give us many new tools to use in realizing the theatrical side of opera, just as the acoustics in the theater enhance our musical values.  We are always seeking ways to keep our expenses under control when production costs increase. Our new Opera Center, which accommodates all of our operations in one location, also helps us control costs. Careful management of these growth years is crucial to maximize our artistic potential, in a financially responsible manner.
Organization Name Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Inc.
Address 1725 Holmes Street
Kansas City, MO 641081538
Primary Phone (816) 4714933
Contact Email info@kcopera.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Deborah Sandler
Board Chair Mr. Kenneth V. Hager
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired Executive
Year of Incorporation 1958