Opera Grand Rapids Introduces Diversity & Inclusion Series

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Opera Grand Rapids "I Dream" premier by Douglas Tappin in 2018.

Opera Grand Rapids recently announced its new Opera Unlimited Series, a new diversity and inclusion series that will focus on 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.”

The series 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 two Masterclass presentations by James Meena, Opera Grand Rapids’ artistic director.

Find out more about the Opera Unlimited Series here.

Upcoming Opera Unlimited Performances:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration Performance
Monday, Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. at Fountain Street Church

Mark Rucker and the Opera Grand Rapids Chorus will perform to close this year’s annual event, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration at Fountain Street Church, 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.”

An Evening with Sean Panikkar
Thursday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Betty Van Andel Opera Center

American tenor of Sri Lankan Heritage, Sean Panikkar, has graced stages in both the United States and Europe. Following his riveting performance as a member of opera cross-over sensation, Forte, at Opera Grand Rapids’ 50th Anniversary Night with the Opera gala, Panikkar will be returning to Grand Rapids to perform a recital accompanied by world-renowned pianist Rohan de Silva.

*Photo courtesy of Opera Grand Rapid. Opera Grand Rapids “I Dream” premiere by Douglas Tappin in 2018.

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