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 Elixir of Love

The Elixir of Love

by Gaetano Donizetti

September 20 & 21, 2024
Forest Hills Fine Arts Center

No operatic hero is more endearing than Nemorino, who pines for the flirtatious Adina. She’s the owner of the town’s hotel and he’s her delightfully naive waiter. His only hope to win her is the “elixir” sold by the quack, Dr. Dulcamara — little does he know that it’s just wine! From start to finish we root for Nemorino, as Adina toys with him until she finally lets him know how she really feels. Elixir is opera’s most heartwarming comedy, filled with Donizetti’s delectable music that brings nonstop smiles.
— Lyric Opera of Chicago

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Chorus Concert

Chorus Concert

November 7, 2024
Betty Van Andel Opera Center

We are pleased to be able to spotlight our wonderful chorus at this special concert.

As Michigan’s longest-running professional chorus, OGR’s Chorus empowers working artists by providing one of the only paid, professional, season-long, selective vocal music employment opportunities in the performing arts in the Grand Rapids area.

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Eurydice

Eurydice

by Matthew Aucoin

January 31 & February 1, 2025
Betty Van Andel Opera Center

After producing his opera Second Nature in 2021 and bringing him to Grand Rapids to adjudicate the VanderLaan Prize in 2022, Matthew Aucoin invited Opera Grand Rapids to partner with the Boston Lyric Opera to co-commission a chamber version of his hit opera Eurydice. The first ever commission project in Opera Grand Rapids’ history, this stunning opera premiered in full-scale at
The Metropolitan Opera in 2021, after a world premiere at the LA Opera in 2020. Eurydice reconceives the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, telling the story from the heroine’s perspective. We follow Eurydice into the underworld, where she first passes through the River of Forgetfulness, then encounters her deceased father. By the time Orpheus comes to find her, Eurydice has become a different person and is not sure she wants to return to life.

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Opera is Lit

Opera is Lit

March 13, 2025
GRAM

… literature, that is!

Curated by musicologist Camellia Adams, this informative and entertaining evening connects the music and stories of opera with its many roots in the written word.

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VanderLaan Prize

VanderLaan Prize

March 29, 2025
Betty Van Andel Opera Center

One of the top collegiate vocal competitions in nation, the Vanderlaan Prize gives voice students a chance to compete for cash prizes. 10 finalists will be chosen to perform in the final-round concert, judged by world-class opera professionals.

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Night with the Opera

Night with the Opera

May 15, 2025
GLC Live at 20 Monroe

Opera Grand Rapids will return to GLC at 20 Monroe for an amazing evening of opera, philanthropy and fun. Stay tuned throughout the season for event details and artist announcements.

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