How to makeup the truth on the face of each opera character

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“They can be as crazy as they want backstage,

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Opera, Jazz, Musical Theater: The Many Hats of Duane Davis

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Former Opera Grand Rapids Chorus Master Duane Davis’ love of music helped him cultivate a deep expertise,

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An opera lover’s visual memory book

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Opera lovers Dave and Lorrie VanderArk take you on a visual tour through the many opera productions they have patronized through the years.

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Celebrating women in opera

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Today, women and opera have largely made their peace, but remnants of opera’s male-dominated history persist.

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Growing Grand Rapids through the arts

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“[All regions] are fighting for the same things, business and talent.

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Why we need more people of color represented in opera

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People of color have a substantial tradition of building the opera in America,

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The opera that received encores for almost every scene

Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro

Premier, Vienna, 1 May 1786

The Marriage of Figaro is opera’s longest running hit. Since opening 232 years ago at the Vienna Burgtheater, it has never required reviving. Even the efforts of Salieri, Righini, and Martini—infamous in­triguers of Emperor Joseph’s Court—could not blunt Figaro’s success.

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Showmance: Finding love on the opera stage

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In the industry, they call this phenomenon a “showmance.” It’s such an established idea that performers who become infatuated during a show are often skeptical of their own feelings.

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Remembering trailblazing opera singer Catherine Barrow-Williams

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Catherine Barrow-Williams, Opera Grand Rapids first African American opera singer, established herself during a time of unprecedented racial tension.

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Haworth CEO Franco Bianchi on opera as an immersive experience

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Haworth President and CEO Franco Bianchi reflects on why he loves and supports the art form.

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