Opera GR heads to Fifth Third Ballpark

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A simulcast performance of Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte" will play on the jumbotron at Fifth Third Ballpark. Courtesy West Michigan Whitecaps

During Opera Grand Rapids’ second annual Opera Week from Monday to Oct. 25, there will be a live simulcast performance on the jumbotron at Fifth Third Ballpark.

Take Me Out to the Opera will feature Mozart’s comedy “Cosi fan tutte,” or School for Lovers, which will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24.

“Take Me Out to the Opera is a great way to experience the opera outdoors where there is plenty of space to physically distance,” said Emilee Syrewicze, executive director of Opera Grand Rapids. “We’re delighted to partner with the West Michigan Whitecaps in offering this fun and unique event to our community. Whether you’ve never been to the opera, you’re looking for something different to do on a Friday evening or you just need some laughter in your life, you won’t want to miss this.”

The rest of Opera Week will feature a series of performances and programs, beginning with Education Day on Monday for high school and college students.

Education Day will include a presentation from noon-1 p.m. at East Grand Rapids High School, 2211 Lake Drive SE, with Austin McWilliams, assistant conductor and director of music education at Opera Grand Rapids.

Later in the day, from 3:15-4:45 p.m., there will be a collegiate master class with artist Steven Condy at the Betty Van Andel Opera Center, 1320 E Fulton St.

On Tuesday, there will be a pop-up performance that will be live streamed on the East Grand Rapids High School Performing Arts Center’s Facebook page.

Wednesday will be dubbed Chorus Day as Opera Grand Rapids will have performances around Grand Rapids, which includes:

  • 11:15 a.m. – Fulton Street Farmers Market
  • 12:00 p.m. – Downtown Market
  • 1:00 p.m. – Rosa Parks Circle
  • 1:45 p.m. – Ionia Social Zone
  • 2:30 p.m. – House of Wine

At 7 p.m. Thursday, there will be Ballads & Brews at Broad Leaf Local Beer, 2885 Lake Eastbrook Blvd. SE in Kentwood, with opera singer Kohl Weisman.

The in-person, sold-out performance of “Cosi fan tutte” will be performed at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at EGR’s Performing Arts Center. The cast will include Grand Rapids natives Christine Amon and Corie Auger, who will perform on mini-stages for safe physical distancing.

For more information about Opera Week, visit operagr.org/opera-week.

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