Growing Grand Rapids through the arts

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.

“[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

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 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

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.

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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The Marriage of Figaro in Pop Culture

Opera is deeply ingrained in our popular culture. The art form has long been a rich source of themes seen in film, TV, advertisements, and more recently, video games. Opera has helped to amplify the most dramatic scenes in movies, inspired all-out parodies and fanciful plot devices, and added comic relief to a plethora of TV advertisements.

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The Evolution of Opera Storytelling

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An openness to new experiences among the young, emerging economic models,

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Opera (part 3)

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The sports roots of the phrase “it ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings”,

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Artistic Director Maestro James Meena on the importance of diversity

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“In a way, [the arts field] is the social consciousness of our communities…

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