50th Anniversary Night With The Opera Gala

May 18, 2018  6:00 PM  |  Van Andel Institute

Opera Grand Rapids commemorates its 50th Anniversary with “America’s Got Talent” opera-crossover sensation Forte.

Join Opera Grand Rapids for a special celebration honoring 50 years of opera in West Michigan. Mingle with other arts advocates as you enjoy a captivating dinner and theater experience that pays tribute to Opera Grand Rapids’ vital role in fostering our vibrant arts community. Proceeds from the event support Opera Grand Rapids’ productions and programs year-round.


Forte is a classical crossover–operatic pop trio comprising tenors Josh Page, Sean Panikkar and Hana Ryu. Forte was created specifically for season eight of America’s Got Talent (AGT) in 2013. The group advanced to the final round and finished in fourth place. Following their elimination, the men accepted a recording contract with Columbia Records.

Forte has since performed at Carnegie Hall and the White House, and has been the featured guest at numerous charity galas. The group was the first finalist from season eight to headline a show in Las Vegas. Their eponymous debut album, released in November 2013, peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Classical Albums chart. Forte’s second album, The Future Classics, presents their operatic take on contemporary popular songs.



Contact the Opera Grand Rapids Box Office at 616.451.2741 to purchase tickets.


David & Carol Van Andel, Chairs

Don & Ellen Arlinsky
Franco & Alessandra Bianchi
John & Marie Canepa
Bob & Julie Connors
Duane & Kaye Davis
David & Judy Frey
Dan & Lou Ann Gaydou
Joan Gillett
J.C. & Tammy Huizenga
Michael & Susan Jandernoa
Dotti Johnson
Mary Ann Keeler
Fred Keller
Birgit Klohs
Michael & Kathy Lloyd
Don & Nancy Lubbers
Don & Kathy Maine
Mark & Elizabeth Murray
Peter & Carroll Perez
Peter & Joan Secchia
Wendy Stock
Luis Tomatis & Gretchen Minnhaar
Kate Pew Wolters


At Your Service Valet is the preferred valet of Opera Grand Rapids.


To learn more about partnership opportunities or to confirm your investment, please contact Angela Freier, Development Director at 616.451.2741, ext. 106 or afreier@operagr.org.