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October 2, 2013 7:05 PM

Russell Patterson, a longtime pillar of KC opera, dies at age 85

He was a founder of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and its artistic director across four decades. “Without his ceaseless energy and imagination, which created a strong opera and arts foundation in Kansas City, we would be not be here today,” Deborah Sandler, the opera’s general director and CEO, said in a statement.

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