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. This unique series of performances was developed following Opera Grand Rapids’ most recent community diversity collaborations: the presentation of the Spanish language opera, Maria de Buenos Aires (2016-17) and the I Dream premiere performance at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration (2017-18).
Presentations in the Opera Unlimited Series that have taken place already this season include an appearance by Opera Grand Rapids at the Grand Rapids Hispanic Festival (August 2018), a Season Kick-off Party highlighting local talent (September 2018), and 2 Masterclass presentations by Opera Grand Rapids’ Artistic Director, James Meena.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration Performance
Monday, January 21, 2019 | 6:00 PM | Fountain Street Church
Following the premiere of I Dream and the adjoining powerful community collaboration with the MLK Committee in January 2018, Opera Grand Rapids is thrilled to once again participate in the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration on January 21, 2019. Local opera treasure, Mark Rucker, and the Opera Grand Rapids Chorus will perform to close this year’s annual event with “Va Pensiero” (Psalm 137) from Verdi’s Nabucco, He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands, and the event’s signature anthem, Lift Every Voice and Sing.
As part of a week-long roster of events, the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration with keynote speaker, Dr. David Stovall, professor of African American studies and criminology, law and justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will take place on January 21, 2019 at Fountain Street Church.
Free and open to the public, doors open at 5:30 pm.
An Evening with Sean Panikkar
Accompanied by Rohan De Silva
February 7, 2019 | 7:30 PM | Betty Van Andel Opera Center
1320 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Hailed by Opera News as a performer who “employs [his voice] with maximum dramatic versatility,” American tenor of Sri Lankan Heritage, Sean Panikkar, has graced stages in both the United States and Europe. His most notable appearances at the Metropolitan Opera include performances under legendary conductors James Levine and Placido Domingo.
Following his riveting performance as a member of opera cross-over sensation, Forte, at Opera Grand Rapids’ 50th Anniversary Night with the Opera gala, Sean will be returning to Grand Rapids to perform a solo selection accompanied by world-renowned pianist, Rohan De Silva, in the intimate setting of the Betty Van Andel Opera Center.
Sean has previously performed as Don Ottavio in Opera Grand Rapids’ 2013 production of Don Giovanni and received both his Bachelors and Masters degrees in voice performance at the University of Michigan.
Tickets to An Evening with Sean Panikkar, $25, are available by calling the Opera Grand Rapids Box Office at 616.451.2741 ext. 3. Student tickets are just $5 (ID required). Seating is general admission.
Group discounts available for groups of 6 or more. Contact the box office for details.