Performances & Events

Here you can find all of Opera Grand Rapids’ upcoming performances and events. New events are added all the time, so be sure to check back regularly!


The circus will be back in town next year.

New Year’s Eve Party

Coming back in 2022!
Betty Van Andel Opera Center

The only thing we at Opera Grand Rapids love as much as opera, is a great party. If you’ve been to our New Year’s Eve party before, you know. It. Is. Epic. We were looking forward to bringing you an awesome gothic circus this year, but we’ve been watching the news. COVID rates in West Michigan are at an all-time high and while we are confident that our safety protocols work, we don’t want to risk anyone’s health and safety. That’s why we’ve decided to postpone our Gothic Circus NYE to next year. We look forward to the big tent rolling back into town then!

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Contemporary Opera | Stinney: An American Execution

Stinney: An American Execution

by Frances Pollock | Libretto by Tia Price

February 25, 26 & 27, 2022
Peter Martin Wege Theatre

In 1944, George Stinney Jr. was executed at the age of 14. Wrongfully accused of the rape and murder of two white girls, George became the youngest person legally executed in America. Stinney: An American Execution spotlights the agony of this injustice as it reminds us of our aspirations for an enlightened society.

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Explore Opera | Opera is Lit

Opera is Lit

March 24, 2022
Sweet House

…literature, that is!

Musicologist Camellia Adams curates an event that aims to explore the connection between music and English-language text. From the early Baroque in England to contemporary African American poetry, Opera Grand Rapids artists will showcase pieces of literature superbly set to song.

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VanderLaan Prize

VanderLaan Prize

April 2, 2022
Betty Van Andel Opera Center

Opera Grand Rapids’ National collegiate vocal competition, recently renamed in honor of Karl & Jean VanderLaan.

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Turandot

Turandot

by Giacomo Puccini

April 22 & 23, 2022
DeVos Performance Hall

Puccini’s final opera takes us to mythical China. The princess Turandot has renounced love. She will only marry a prince who can answer her three riddles. Hundreds have tried – all have failed. Until an unknown Prince solves the mystery of Turandot’s riddles, and the secret to her heart. Featuring opera’s most iconic aria “Nessun dorma,” Turandot is a visual, dramatic and musical feast for the senses not to be missed.

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Night With The Opera

Night With The Opera

May 20, 2022
20 Monroe Live

Opera Grand Rapids’ annual fundraising gala. Details to be announced.

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Explore Opera | Arte, Poesia, Musica

Arte, Poesia, Musica

Coming 2022
TBA

A celebration of Latin artists through Visual Art (Arte), Spoken Word (Poesia) Music and Dance (Musica). Be transported by traditional Latin music by Opera Grand Rapids artists, along with original poets, and traditional dance performances. OGR is proud to collaborate with our creative Latin community, and to share this remarkable experience with you.

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