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IRELAND, GERMANY AND BEYOND: Stealth, planning and artistry have boosted mezzo’s rise to fame Almost every singer has a “breakthrough” moment, when he or she lands the right role at the right time and scores a deep impression with public and press. For Irish-born mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught that moment came in March 2011, when she was called […]

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When a ballet audience gasps audibly at the sheer “look” of a piece, before the dancers have made a single move, you know you’re in for a ride. When the curtain went up on George Balanchine’s Serenade, the opening piece of the Kansas City Ballet’s final 2011-2012 production, the translucent azure lighting and ballerinas frozen in […]

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The Mousetrap (Kansas City Actors Theatre, August 4st through the 26th): Agatha Christie’s classic mystery, now in its 60thyear of continuous production, is as fun and as intriguing as ever. With KCAT you know you’re dealing with a class act, and the intricate direction by Mark Robbins and excellent performances upheld that: Natalie Liccardello, Charles Fugate, Rusty Sneary, Matt Weiss, Peggy Friesen, Gary Neal Johnson, Emily Peterson and Victor Raider-Wexler. […]

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SHATTERED DREAMS: JOHNSON MAKES ROLE DEBUT IN AMERICAN CLASSIC Gary Neal Johnson is one of Kansas City’s most respected actors, best known as Scrooge in the KC Rep’s A Christmas Carol. But his experience has ranged widely, and he is currently performing his first Willy Loman in the Rep’s Death of a Salesman, directed by artistic […]

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DUTCHMAN ADRIFT: Lyric Opera embarks, finally, on mythical Wagnerian journey If you really want to know who Richard Wagner is, The Flying Dutchman is a good place to start. For not only is this the first opera in which the composer began to experiment with the revolutionary musico-dramatic ideas that would later transform opera as we know […]

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GETTING WITH THE PICTURE: Lyric production of early Wagner milestone has ups and downs The Flying Dutchman is a tricky opera to get one’s head around, let alone bring to the stage, partly because its mythical story can easily come off as simplistic. A young girl, Senta, grows up infatuated with a fantasy-man whose portrait hangs, […]

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MAN OF THE HOUR: Ballet Master is in charge of getting the KCB’s Nutcracker onto the stage There’s one person you won’t see onstage in the Kansas City Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker, even though he is perhaps the most important element in putting the whole thing together. James Jordan is a KCB Ballet Master, and he is the martinet in […]

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