The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0816  Wednesday, 20 September 2006

From: 		Michael Luskin <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Tuesday, 19 Sep 2006 14:20:52 EDT
Subject: 	The Opera Hamlet in Kansas City

The Lyric Opera Company of Kansas City, one of the country's premier 
regional opera companies, invites you to its production of Hamlet, by 
Ambroise Thomas, November 4 through November 12.

The opera, very popular a hundred years ago, is enjoying a vigorous 
revival, being performed more and more often in Europe and the United 

The libretto was written by Michel Carre and Jules Barbier, who wrote 
the libretti for Gounod's Faust and Romeo et Juliette, as well as 
Offenbach's Tales of Hoffmann.  This production is directed and designed 
by Thaddeus Strassberger, first prize winner in the 2005 European Opera 
Directing Competition.

The opera has several highlights.  The closet scene is very memorable, 
and Verdi, no stranger to Shakespeare, complimented it lavishly. 
Ophelia's mad scene rivals Lucia di Lammermoor's.  The music is lush 
nineteenth century French throughout.

The opera requires a rich baritone for the role of Hamlet, a fine 
coloratura for Ophelia, and a resonant bass-baritone for Claudius. 
Franco Pomponi has recently done Hamlet in Barcelona, and has performed 
worldwide, from Moscow to Los Angeles.  Lauren Skuce, singing Ophelia, 
debuted with the company in Mozart's Marriage of Figaro last year. 
Kevin Short, singing Claudius, has had great success with Mozart roles.

The Opera Company is offering a special opera weekend.  The schedule is:

Friday, November 3:     arrival any time, check in at the Downtown 

                                Kansas City Marriott Hotel.

             8:00 PM, the Prazak String Quartet at the Folly Theater

Saturday, November 4:   9:00 AM, complimentary breakfast at the hotel

free time to explore Kansas City;  highly recommended, The Nelson-Atkins 
of Art, in particular its outdoor sculpture garden; the Truman Library 
and house in nearby Independence, MO; the Steamship Arabia, a recently 
excavated steamship which sank in 1856; the Kansas City Jazz Museum; and 
the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.  Enjoy great barbeque while in the 

             8:00 PM.  Opening Night performance of Hamlet at the Lyric
Theater, with complimentary wine in the members lounge during intermission

Sunday: 9:00 AM, complimentary breakfast

             12:00 PM check out

The price for ALL this is $160 per person, double occupancy.  Send your 
check, payable to Lyric Opera of Kansas City, c/o Lisa Sicola, 5633 
Cherry Street, Kansas City, MO 64110.

For further information, call Virginia Long at 816 471 4933, or email 
her at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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