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!


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Pirates of Penzance

The Pirates of Penzance

by Gilbert & Sullivan

October 28 & 30 2022
EGR Performing Arts Center

We are ready to sing, dance, and swashbuckle through Gilbert and Sullivan’s hilarious topsy turvy operetta The Pirates of Penzance. Candy colored seaside fun, pirates preoccupied with moral dilemmas, a loquacious major general, and of course a charming romance will keep you smiling and tapping your feet through this most delightful and tuneful comedy that promises to be fun for the whole family!

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New Year's Eve Gothic Circus

New Year’s Eve: Gothic Circus

December 31, 2022
Betty Van Andel Opera Center

Step right up to the Betty Van Andel Opera Center on New Year’s Eve! Clown around and welcome in 2023 at our gothic circus.

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The Last American Hammer

The Last American Hammer

by Peter Hilliard and Matt Boresi

February 17 & 19, 2023
Irwin Seating Company

Milcom Negley, a one-man militia, rages against the tyranny of federal overreach. A conspiracy theorist, Milcom believes an obscure, would-be Thirteenth amendment negates the authority of our government. The only major source of employment in town—a hammer manufacturer—has shuttered, and Milcom is armed with “the last American hammer” to roll off the plant’s line. He is hunkered down in a rural museum with curator Tink Enraught and FBI Agent Reyes.

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Opera is Lit

Opera is Lit

March 23, 2023
Betty Van Andel Opera Center

… literature, that is!

Local musicologist Camellia Adams curates an event of song and story on the theme of beloved English novelist Jane Austen. Opera Grand Rapids artists will explore music from her personal collection and popular music during her lifetime.

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VanderLaan Prize

2023 VanderLaan Prize

April 1, 2023
Betty Van Andel Opera Center

The 19th annual VanderLaan Prize is an opportunity for college-level voice students to compete for cash prizes and receive feedback from adjudicators who themselves are acclaimed opera artists.

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Aida

Aida

by Giuseppe Verdi

May 5 & 7, 2023
DeVos Performance Hall

Verdi’s towering masterpiece Aida is a tale of patriotism, love and betrayal, set against the backdrop of ancient Egypt. Aida, princess of Ethiopia, is the captive slave of the Egyptian princess Amneris. Both are in love with Radamès, who commands the Egyptian army against the invading Ethiopians. The love triangle turns to ruin when Aida’s father, Amonasro, appeals to his daughter’s love of country to betray Radamès.

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Night With The Opera

Night With The Opera

May
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