Past Productions

Here you can find information on some of Opera Grand Rapids’ past productions.


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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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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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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Grand Opera | Don Giovanni

Don Giovanni

by W.A. Mozart

October 22 & 24, 2021
DeVos Performance Hall

The final day in the life of Don Juan, the infamous murderer and callous seducer of women, performed in Opera Grand Rapid’s original production of Mozart’s Prague masterpiece.

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Spring 2021 Chamber Opera Series. Second Nature by Matthew Aucoin

Second Nature

by Matthew Aucoin

April 30 & May 2, 2021
The Pavilion at Millennium Park

Second Nature imagines our planet a hundred years from now. Climate change has wreaked havoc worldwide, and humans have had to seal themselves in an artificial habitat to escape. But two children’s curiosity leads them back out into nature in hopes of finding a world that is worth saving.

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Spring 2021 Chamber Opera Series. Penny by Douglas Pew

Penny

by Douglas Pew

March 19-April 2, 2021
Virtual Performance

Penny is a NEW opera about the power of music. In the course of this one-hour opera, we see the leading character Penny Rutherford, an autistic woman, literally and figuratively find her voice. As Penny learns to express herself through singing, she transforms before our eyes.

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Così fan tutte

Così fan tutte

by W.A. Mozart

October 23 & 25, 2020
EGRHS Performing Arts Center

In Mozart’s comedy Così fan tutte or The School for Lovers, Ferrando and Guglielmo boast to their friend, the cynical bachelor Don Alfonso, that their fiancées, Dorabella and Fiordiligi, are unreproachable in their steadfastness and virtue. What happens next is a comedic masterpiece of disguises and deception gone wrong as Alfonso and the clever maid Despina take the two couples to the School for Lovers.

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Scalia Ginsburg, an opera by Derrick Wang, March 14, 2020 at 7:30 PM and March 15, 2020 at 2:00 PM at the Betty Van Andel Opera Center

Scalia Ginsburg

by Derrick Wang

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

Betty Van Andel Opera Center

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.

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The Mikado by Gilbert and Sullivan, November 1&2, 2019 at St. Cecilia Music Center

The Mikado

by Gilbert & Sullivan

November 1 & 2, 2019
St. Cecilia Music Center

G&S’s beloved satire on Imperial British politics and institutions comes to life on the intimate stage of St. Cecilia Music Center. The poor wandering minstrel Nanki-Poo is in love with the lovely Yum-Yum, the ward of the Lord High Executioner, who has designs on her himself. The town swirls with satirical chaos when the Emperor (The Mikado) reveals that if no one is executed in the town, it will be reduced in stature to a village. Heads will comically roll in this Topsy-Turvey world.

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Verdi - La Traviata - June 14 & 15, 2019, 7:30 PM at St. Cecilia Music Center

La Traviata

by Giuseppe Verdi

June 14 & 15, 2019
St. Cecilia Music Center

The heartbreaking true story of Parisian courtesan Marie Duplessis became the classic novella that inspired the films Camille, Pretty Woman and Moulin Rouge. The great Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi retells her story in one of the greatest operas of all time.

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Mozart The Magic Flute - October 26th and 27th 2018 at 7:30 PM

The Magic Flute

by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

October 26 & 27, 2018
DeVos Performance Hall

Performed in English, this magical allegorical tale of equality between all men and women has enchanted audiences since its premiere more than two hundred years ago. OGR’s production stars acclaimed artists John Viscardi as the comic Papageno and Jana McIntyre as the star-blazing Queen of the Night.

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