These online operas question the very tech world they embrace

This story is part of a series of 50 stories we are releasing to commemorate 50 years of opera in West Michigan. Browse more stories and follow our journey throughout the season.

In making lunch-break length operas about social media, Rainy Park Opera Co isn’t so much pandering to millennials as shining a skeptical light on tech that’s supposed to be bringing people closer together,

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A student’s first experience with opera

This story is part of a series of 50 stories we are releasing to commemorate 50 years of opera in West Michigan. Browse more stories and follow our journey throughout the season.

A recipient of Opera Grand Rapids’ five-dollar student ticket program shares her first opera experience and why she believes the performing arts should be accessible to everyone,

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Maestro James Meena on his role as Artistic Director

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If opera is a disaster waiting to happen, then Maestro Meena is the last line of defense against a production’s unraveling.

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Why opera: the community’s cultural capital

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Grand Valley State University President Tom Haas and Community Relations Director Pat Waring on the importance of cultural capital in West Michigan.

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Giving thanks to the N.E.A. amid uncertain times

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Despite the fact that the National Endowment for the Arts is sometimes a hot political topic (the President’s current budget proposal would eliminate the program entirely),

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President Bob Evett on the balancing act of art and business

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Opera Grand Rapids Board of Trustees President Bob Evett on the balancing act between art and business,

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A Rehearsal Pianist’s Role as a One-Man Orchestra

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The next time you hear the glory rising from the orchestra pit,

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I DREAM Composer pays tribute to Dr. King’s dream

Composer Douglas Tappin shares his inspiration for the new opera I DREAM

 

“As I imagined his life, I saw something clear. There was a plight—people in this country with a plight. It was something he saw and experienced in childhood as he grew up in the South.”

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Opera in Pop Culture (film edition)

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Some of the world’s most beloved films and their parallels with opera

Opera is deeply ingrained in our popular culture.

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It all began with a few women intent on building an opera from nothing

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Five decades ago, it was merely an afternoon’s conversation. But among the right people,

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