At Ease with Opera: Richard Byrum and Don Dagenais

For Immediate Release:
March 31, 2009
Contact: Steven Woolfolk
At Ease with Opera: Richard Byrum and Don Dagenais

Richard Byrum and Don Dagenais present The High Jinx of Pirates: Playing Out Spoof and Social Comment on Monday, April 13, at 7 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Byrum and Dagenais will examine the historical background of Gilbert and Sullivan‘s operettas and how they fit within Victorian society. Byrum and Dagenais are both Kansas City Lyric Opera Guild volunteer speakers.

The program is being held in conjunction with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s production of The Pirates of Penzance.

The Pirates of Penzance tells the story of a young pirate apprentice named Frederic who has come to the end of his indentured period. As it turns out, Frederic was indentured by mistake. His half-deaf nurse had been instructed to apprentice him to a “pilot” but got it a little wrong. At any rate, Frederic has decided to leave the pirate life forever and, though he loves his comrades dearly, devote his life to the extermination of their kind. However, since he is until the stroke of midnight still one of them, he feels obliged to point out the pirates’ weakness -- they are too softhearted. Apparently, all a captive must do is plead to being an orphan and he is immediately released.

The program is co-sponsored by the Kansas City Lyric Opera Guild. Founded in 1961, the Lyric Opera Guild is the principal support organization for the Lyric Opera and continues to offer a variety of activities and programs.

Admission is free. Call 816.701.3407 to indicate your interest in attending or you may RSVP online.

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