Courtesy, Opera GR / Jeff Roffman-Atlanta Opera

It’s Tuesday night at DeVos Performance Hall in downtown Grand Rapids. The orchestra is preparing to play music by Giuseppe Verdi, but taking the podium is Maestro James Meena, new artistic director of Opera Grand Rapids.

Croswell.org / Croswell Opera House

Opera house billed as Michigan's oldest completes renovation. 

Jamie Paisley

It is currently ranked as the 8th most performed opera in the world, according to operabase.com and this week, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro walks down the aisle of MSU’s Fairchild Theater.

Il Volo Notte Magica | Special Programming

Mar 6, 2017
Il Volo and Plácido Domingo at a podium
Courtesy of Angelo Trani / PBS

Wed.  March 15 at 9:30pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | Il Volo perform in Florence, Italy, where they're joined by Plácido Domingo.

Image courtesy of Mark Rucker

During Black History Month, WKAR explores issues, events and perspectives involving the black experience.

WKAR’s Jamie Paisley spoke with African-American opera singer Mark Rucker who started in Chicago under a teacher with interesting classroom discipline techniques.