OperaDelaware, First State Ballet Theatre, and The Grand Opera House have partnered with the National Pan-Hellenic Council of New Castle County to present an inaugural event entitled “A Divine Night in Delaware” on March 28, 2024.   

The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) was established as a coordinating body of the nine historically African American Greek letter organizations, affectionately known as the “Divine Nine.” A Divine Night in Delaware aims to welcome members of the historic Divine Nine to take ownership of classical arts spaces in Delaware. This special event will be headlined by OperaDelaware artists Michelle Johnson and Brian Major along with First State Ballet Theatre and will feature genre-blending performances from Richard Raw, Jonathan Whitney, Dennis Spence, Nadj Nicole, and others.    

The evening will kick off with a red carpet runway photoshoot with three professional photographers – the OperaDelaware pOPERAzzi – and audiences are encouraged to dress to impress in their favorite red carpet looks. A complimentary glass of champagne will be provided by OperaDelaware’s beverage sponsor – Swigg Real Wine, Craft Beer, and Spirits – located in Independence Mall. A spread of Italian food, a cash bar, and DJ Gerald Rocha will round out the impressive cocktail hour.   

Soprano Michelle Johnson will headline A Divine Night in Delaware along with her husband, the accomplished baritone Brian Major. The two will lead the performance with a mix of arias, musical theater and unexpected delights. Later this season, Michelle with appear in the title role in Turandot with OperaDelaware at The Grand.   


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“Pop-Up Opera allows OperaDelaware to reach new audiences where they are,” says Kerriann Otaño, OperaDelaware’s Vice President of Engagement. “The Divine Nine organization that has the largest presence on March 28 will get to select a location for an hour-long Pop-Up Opera performance on our mobile opera stage. This could be at a community center, festival, school, or private event. The purpose is to align the arts with organizations, like the Divine Nine, who make a difference in our community.”   

Tickets to “A Divine Night in Delaware” are just $50 with early access if purchased early (after March 1 tickets increase to $75). Attendees are not required to be affiliated with the Divine Nine to attend. All are welcome.   

To learn more about the event: https://www.operaDE.org/divine-nine
To purchase tickets: https://operade.my.salesforce-sites.com/ticket/?acode=b7903294f4e04c74b5bd1ed035e52491#/events/a0SPr000000NKhBMAW