Opera Grand Rapids releases schedule


Opera Grand Rapids, founded in 1967, performs at the Betty Van Andel Opera Center. Photo via fb.com

Opera Grand Rapids has released its 2015-2016 schedule.

The organization will highlight its next season with a performance of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” by French composer Charles Gounod.

The five-act opera performance will be directed by Bernard Uzan.

The show will commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 1616.

Opera Grand Rapids also said the schedule will feature several “intimate, eclectic operas” and events in complementary venues “fit for enjoyment of the works.”

“Our season aims to generate fresh excitement in our audience and the audiences we’ve yet to discover,” said Anne Berquist, executive director, Opera Grand Rapids. “Think of it as a carefully curated operatic journey that is continually enriched by your next opera experience.”

The season will start with a gala concert with the sounds of Verdi’s “Requiem.” The show will be conducted by acclaimed conductor and composer Steven Mercurlo.

The season will also feature a performance of “Orpheus and Eurydice” by German composer Christoph Willibald Gluck and the light-hearted operetta “The Student Prince” by Sigmund Romberg.

Through the season, Opera Grand Rapids will present three recitals celebrating Shakespeare: “String Quartet #1 in F major, Op 18,” by Beethoven; a selection of “Shakespeare Songs” from the opera’s emerging artists; and a children’s version of “The Fairy Queen” — an adapted version of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” — and “West Side Story.”

Opera Grand Rapids 2015-2016 schedule

Oct. 30: Night With the Opera Gala Concert

Nov. 22: Collegiate Vocal Competition Concert

Jan. 14: Recital Concert, “Winterreise”

Jan. 15: Master Class

March 3: Recital Concert, “Shakespeare Songs”

April 1: Master Class

April 8-9: “Orpheus and Eurydice”

April 14: Recital Concert, “String Quartet #1 in F major, Op 18”

April 29-30: “Romeo and Juliet”

May 20: Recital Concert, “West Side Story” and “The Fairy Queen”

May 22: Recital Concert, “West Side Story” and “The Fairy Queen”

June 9-10: “The Student Prince”

June 12: “The Student Prince”

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