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A Night With the Opera

Opera Grand Rapids invites you to a Benefit Evening


5:30 – 9 PM, Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park </br></br></br>

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Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica A heartbreaking love story. A tragic betrayal. An American naval officer marries a young Japanese girl for convenience only to leave her while she faithfully awaits his return. Set in 1890s Japan, Giacomo Puccini’s devastating saga of devotion, tradition and sacrifice is among the most beloved operas of all time. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. Tickets for adults $21 – $98 Student “Passport to the Opera” $5 Group Discount (6 or more) Password OGR14

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACIO-CIO-SAN - Inna Los “With her bright, fresh voice, Inna Los was an ethereal Rusalka with a sensual vibrato in all registers. Rusalka”

Opéra national de Lorraine


Cynthia HannaSUZUKI - Cynthia Hanna Hailed by the Washington Post for her “bright, luminous mezzo-soprano of vast power and potential, “ Cynthia Hanna makes her debut Lyric Opera of Chicago as the Third Wood Nymph in Rusalka…”
Wolverton_Joseph as Pinkerton - new photoPINKERTON - Joseph Wolverton “For believability on stage, few are better than tenor Joseph Wolverton as Pinkerton. A familiar face with Opera Grand Rapids, he brings considerable depth to the character of the brash officer. When he realized in the end how badly he’s hurt the young geisha, Cio-Cio San, his anguish was heartfelt.” The Grand Rapids Press
Hurt_Weston-1 as Sharpless -Gabriel CouretSHARPLESS - Weston Hurt "Among many BLO debuts, there was much good singing. As Sharpless, the American consul and the opera's consience, Weston Hurt was equally outstanding, combining restrained acting, beautiful Italian, and a fluid easy baritone. " Matthew Guerreri - Boston Globe, Sharpless, Madama Butterfly - Boston Lyric Opera
Candebat as Goro head shotGORO - Casey Candebat “Casey Candebat, hails from Louisiana, but his is the big, straightforward Italian sound. His voice is fresh and strong and emotive. He bellowed to give the kind of pleasure big Italianate tenors are bred to provide and that audiences will probably never stop loving.” Los Angeles Times
Robert LyallCONDUCTOR Robert Lyall
Freeman Stage Director headshot LUCIADIRECTOR Carroll Freeman
ORCHESTRA Grand Rapids Symphony
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Upcoming Events

  1. Sing with Me

    April 16 @ 1:00 pm - May 21 @ 1:45 pm
  2. A Night with the Opera – Butterflies and the Butterfly

    April 30 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  3. Meet the Stars! Reception with Maestro Robert Lyall and Cast

    May 1 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

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