Opera Unlimited

The Opera Unlimited Series is a collection of special recitals, events, and educational presentations that are designed to broaden the scope of opera opportunities in our community, support music education, and emphasize diversity and inclusion.

Check out the full 2019-20 Opera Unlimited Schedule below!

Collegiate Vocal Competition Final Concert

March 28, 2020
Betty Van Andel Opera Center

TICKETS $10 General Admission
Students $5 valid student i.d. required
Available by calling the Box Office: 616.451.2741


An Opera by Derrick Wang

March 14, 2020 | 7:30 PM
March 15, 2020 | 2:00 PM

Betty Van Andel Opera Center

By American composer and librettist Derrick Wang, this comic opera in one act is inspired by the opinions and unlikely friendship of Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Opera Grand Rapids will be one of the first opera companies in the world to produce this opera. Learn more.

TICKETS $50 General Admission
Students $5 valid student i.d. required
Available through Ticketmaster or by calling the Box Office: 616.451.2741

Check back for additional performances to be added soon!


Season Kick Off

September 19, 2019 | 6:00pm
Betty Van Andel Opera Center

Come enjoy live entertainment from local singers, experience a “live” painting by multi-dimensional Caribbean artist, Picardo, and enjoy delicious food and cash bar from local Cuban restaurant, Danzon Cubano!

Arte Poesia Musica

October 10, 2019 | 7:30pm
Betty Van Andel Opera Center

A unique celebration of local Latinx artists through song, dance, and visual art. Begin this multi-sensory evening at the Betty Van Andel Opera Center by exploring an art display from local Grand Rapids artists who will be on-hand to answer questions and share more insight about their work and lives. Then be transported by Afro-Caribbean traditional drumming and dancing (Afro Gaga) alongside Opera Grand Rapids’ Emerging artists performing traditional Spanish language songs, Zarzuela, and culturally significant opera selections in a collaborative performance unlike any other. Join us for this eclectic evening that showcases artistic diversity and demonstrates the shared human condition through art, poetry, and music.

A Cabaret Unleashed: An evening with Chrissy Amon & Robert Byrens

November 14, 2019 | 7:30pm
Betty Van Andel Opera Center

Grand Rapids artists Chrissy Amon and Robert Byrens will present an evening of cabaret favorites—including some surprises! These collaborators first became acquainted when Chrissy studied with Robert as a GVSU music student in 2005. Since then, Chrissy has mostly performed on opera stages across the USA but has always had an affinity for Broadway and cabaret music. Her work as a singing actor propelled her twice to the finals of the international Lotte Lenya competition hosted by the Kurt Weill Foundation in New York. After her return to the Grand Rapids area, she and Robert partnered as spirited collaborators, presenting concerts throughout our community. Since most opera patrons would recognize Robert as the most masterful of classical musicians (and 25-year rehearsal pianist for Opera Grand Rapids), it will be a treat to hear him unleashed! He was, after all, the star of his high school rock band. Do not miss this collaboration between two of our local gifted artists!

Holiday CarolingHoliday Caroling

December 20, 2019
Downtown Grand Rapids

We’re spreading joy and cheer this Holiday Season! Sponsored by Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc.

1:15-1:30 PM Calder Plaza
1:45-2:00 PM DeVos Place (Front)
2:15-2:30 PM Grand Rapids Public Museum (Front)
4:00-4:15 PM Rosa Parks Circle/Kilwins (Front)
4:30-4:45 PM Monument Park/Children’s Museum (Front)
5:00-5:15 PM Van Andel Arena (Front)
6:00-6:30 PM Downtown Market
7:00-7:30 PM Downtown Market

Roaring 2020—New Year’s Eve Party

December 31, 2019 | 9:00pm
Betty Van Andel Opera Center

Join us as we ring in the 20’s! New for the 2019-20 Season, Opera Grand Rapids is excited to host Roaring 2020, the biggest and most chic New Year’s Eve party to attend this year! Step back in time in this 1920’s themed party while you bring in the year ’20. Enjoy a delicious spread from local restaurants along with complimentary beer, wine, and signature 1920’s themed cocktails! Costumes highly encouraged. Come celebrate the New Year with Opera Grand Rapids! Learn more here.

Available online or by calling the Box Office: 616.451.2741. Ticket purchases are final and non-refundable.


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