Kansas City's Lyric Opera kicks off its 50th season with Puccini's La Bohème, the opera that has inspired countless productions and variations, including the Broadway musical Rent and the film Moulin Rouge. Local fact: the Lyric Opera Company premiered the masterpiece in 1958, the year the local company debuted in KC. This time, the show will be performed in the original Italian with English subtitles. The cast includes soprano Alyson Cambridge as Mimí, the star-crossed protagonist who desperately tries to avoid fate's tragic course. The curtain rises on the five-show run tonight at 8 at the Lyric (1029 Central). Call 816-471-7344 for tickets and additional show times.
Sat., Sept. 13, 8 p.m.; Mon., Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m.; Wed., Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., Sept. 19, 8 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 21, 2 p.m., 2008