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Little Women movie screening

Little Women movie screening

Screening of Little Women (1933) with Katherine Hepburn This film won one Oscar and was nominated for two others. “As vital, sympathetic and full of the joie de vivre as one could hope for, Jo, the Jo of “Little Women,” is to be seen in the person of Katharine Hepburn in the cinematic translation of […]
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DiChiera DiConstructed: The Impresario

DiChiera DiConstructed: The Impresario

We are pleased to announce the opening of our new blog series “DiChiera DiConstructed,” a monthly blog featuring different aspects of the career of our founder and artistic director Dr. David DiChiera as he transitions to Artistic Director Emeritus in May. Every month will look back at a different aspect of the “DiChiera Legacy” and […]
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Studio Spotlight: Q&A With Angela Theis

Studio Spotlight: Q&A With Angela Theis

Our “Studio Spotlight” series continues this month with our resident soprano, Angela Theis, a Southeast Michigan native! Angela will be making her role debut as “Susanna” in Toledo Opera’s Le nozze di Figaro Feb. 10 and 12. She will also be performing the role of “Beth” in our upcoming production of Little Women March 11-12. Q: […]
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Film Screening: Little Women

Film Screening: Little Women

Film Screening: Little Women Thursday, February 23 at 8 p.m. Detroit Yacht Club 1 Riverbank Dr, Detroit, MI 48207 FREE – RSVP Required (form below) Please join us on Thursday, February 23 at 8:00 p.m. at the historic Detroit Yacht Club for a free screening of Little Women (1933) starring Katherine Hepburn. RSVP is required. Little […]
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Studio Spotlight: Q&A With Jeff Byrnes

Studio Spotlight: Q&A With Jeff Byrnes

We are excited to announce the opening of our new blog series “Studio Spotlight,” a Q&A featuring each of our five 2016-17 Michigan Opera Theatre Studio artists. Each month, we’ll introduce you to one of our incredible resident artists to learn more about who they are, where they came from and where you can watch […]
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Celebrating Diversity within the Arts

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Celebrating Diversity within the Arts

At Michigan Opera Theatre, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is about celebrating and recognizing the value of diversity within our community. When our founder and artistic director David DiChiera started Michigan Opera Theatre in 1971 he had a vision. His vision included building a world-class opera company that served as a cultural resource for both […]
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New Year, New Journey

New Year, New Journey

Another year is upon us, and we at Michigan Opera Theatre are gearing up for what promises to be a time of celebration, transition and, as always, great performances. As we continue our 2016-17 season, we are proud to honor and celebrate the legacy of our beloved Founder and Artistic Director David DiChiera. His vision, […]
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Why I Give to MOT

Why I Give to MOT

TELL US WHY YOU GIVE – Why do you support Michigan Opera Theatre year after year? What is it about Michigan Opera Theatre that holds a place in your heart? What would you say to convince someone to start supporting Michigan Opera Theatre? We’d love to know the answers to any or all of these […]
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Too Hot To Handel Reviews

Too Hot To Handel Reviews

  December, 2016 |   Roger Nelson What a great performance marking our Fifteenth Year. I have attended every performance since 2001 and it keeps getting better! It was really an added attraction having Suzanne Acton and Bob Christianson (Co-arranger and Orchestrator) talking about Too Hot and answering questions from the audience. The Opera House […]
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Consider Michigan Opera Theatre for Your Year-End Giving!

Consider Michigan Opera Theatre for Your Year-End Giving!

MAKE A GIFT NOW Thank you for joining Michigan Opera Theatre for our exciting 2016-2017 Opera and Dance Season! This year, we will celebrate the legacy of our extraordinary founder, Dr. David DiChiera. In his last year as Artistic Director, Dr. DiChiera has chosen a beautiful array of work, including Kevin Puts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning opera […]
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MOT Pop-Up Caroling!

MOT Pop-Up Caroling!

This December, members of the Michigan Opera Theatre Chorus and Studio will be popping up around the city to spread holiday cheer through music! Traveling from museums to shops to schools to soup kitchens, our singers have one goal – to put a smile on everyone’s face. Support for this initiative comes from the Knight Detroit […]
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The Nutcracker Reviews

The Nutcracker Reviews

November 2016 About this production Stephanie W – Fenton The dancers were great. The sets could have been more extravagant. I expected a lot more “wow” factor with the decor and the choice of costumes for the dancers. It was very beautiful, but I have seen better. I still would like to congratulate everyone on a […]
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Giving Tuesday: A Chance to Bring Opera to Detroit Area Schools

Giving Tuesday: A Chance to Bring Opera to Detroit Area Schools

After the frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is an opportunity to give back to the community by making a charitable contribution. This year, Michigan Opera Theatre is asking the community for their support for a specific program: bringing opera to Detroit area schools. Arts and culture are a significant part of […]
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Three Things You Never Knew About The Nutcracker

Three Things You Never Knew About The Nutcracker

This week we count down the days until the opening of BalletMet’s “The Nutcracker,” returning to the Detroit Opera House Thanksgiving weekend. The ballet tells the story of the young Clara and her Nutcracker-turned-prince as they journey together for a magical evening on Christmas Eve to The Land of Sweets. As a beloved holiday tradition, […]
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Silent Night reviews

Silent Night reviews

  November, 2016 | Bev Kirk –  Kenilworth, Illinois Breathtaking! Heartstopping! Poignant! Beautiful!   Keith Otis Edwards – Dearborn My primary objection is that it’s really slooooowwwww. After returning from the refreshment stand (and feeling thus energized) during intermission, I leaned over the orchestra pit railing and shouted at the concert master: “HEY! HEY YOU! . . . […]
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Finding Common Ground on No-Man’s Land: Otherness in Silent Night

Finding Common Ground on No-Man’s Land: Otherness in Silent Night

Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and Michigan Opera Theatre have collaborated to present unique educational opportunities to medical students, young artists, and audience members. With the goal of using the performing arts to complement the innovative curriculum of of OUWB School of Medicine, Dr. David DiChiera and Dr. Robert Folberg are working to […]
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Acknowledging Remembrance Day with Poppies and Silent Night

Acknowledging Remembrance Day with Poppies and Silent Night

This week on Nov. 11 we celebrate Veterans Day and Remembrance Day, a day to commemorate those who served their countries in the military. Remembrance Day in particular, celebrated in Canada, England and other Commonwealth countries, recognizes the ending of World War I and is a memorial to those who died in service. The poppy […]
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First-hand Accounts of the Christmas Truce of 1914

First-hand Accounts of the Christmas Truce of 1914

Straight from the Front: First-hand Accounts of the Christmas Truce of 1914 by Austin Stewart The Christmas Truce of 1914, as the events at the center of Silent Night are popularly known, was an outbreak of peace amid the devastation of war along the industrialized battlefields of the Western Front. It is one of the […]
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National Opera Week with Isaac Mizrahi

National Opera Week with Isaac Mizrahi

Celebrate National Opera Week with Isaac Mizrahi and Michigan Opera Theatre This week is National Opera Week, a celebration of all the great things about this beautiful art form! Organized by OPERA America, this is an opportunity for fans throughout the country to share their passion for opera with others. As a fashion designer, TV […]
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Carmen reviews

Carmen reviews

  Carmen, October, 2016 |   Natalie – Livonia This was my first time ever seeing Carmen, it was a wonderful show! It felt as though Ginger Costa-Jackson was born to play this role. Her acting and singing was extremely impressive. Don José and Micaela’s vocal abilities blew me away! It was a great opening […]
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Film Screening: Joyeux Noël

Film Screening: Joyeux Noël

Film Screening: Joyeux Noël Thursday, November 10 at 7:30 p.m. Detroit Yacht Club 1 Riverbank Dr, Detroit, MI 48207 FREE – RSVP Required Please join us for a free screening of Joyeux Noël at the historic Detroit Yacht Club. The 2005 film is the basis for Kevin Puts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Silent Night which opens November 12 at the […]
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A Look Back at MOT’s Carmens

A Look Back at MOT’s Carmens

Where are they now? Carmen returns this season for the seventh time at Michigan Opera Theatre! But before Ginger Costa-Jackson and Sandra Piques Eddy take the stage with their vibrant interpretations, join us in looking back at past artists who’ve taken on the role in Detroit.   1977 – Brenda Boozer Our first Carmen at […]
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SOLD OUT * The Spirit of Andalucía: Drinking Carmen’s Sevilla

SOLD OUT * The Spirit of Andalucía: Drinking Carmen’s Sevilla

SOLD OUT * PRE-CARMEN WINE TASTING!  Before experiencing the music and colors of southern Spain on our main stage, sample its equally passionate aromas and flavors from a goblet! Join Franco-Iberian wine expert Núria Garrote i Esteve (founder of Vino Vi & Co.), along with cast members Sandra Piques Eddy (Carmen) and Alok Kumar (Don José), for a special pre-opera […]
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Enjoy tapas of Seville

Enjoy tapas of Seville

During this final weekend of Carmen at the Detroit Opera House, la Feria Spanish Tapas is featuring a menu to complement our production. The Sevillian-born chef and co-owner, Pilar Barón-Hidalgo, has created a menu of southern Spanish favorites Solomillo al Pedro Jimenez (pork loin filets seared in Sherry from the southern city of Jerez),  Pincho Moruno de Pollo […]
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DiChiera Legacy Ball – SOLD OUT

DiChiera Legacy Ball – SOLD OUT

The DiChiera Legacy Ball has been SOLD OUT. If you are interested in being placed on the waiting list, please contact Assia Likomanov at alikomanov@motopera.org. You can still participate in celebrating David DiChiera with the 2016 Opera Ball Auction. CLICK HERE to check out the fabulous items up for bid!
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Join the MOT Ambassadors!

Join the MOT Ambassadors!

Do you love opera? And sharing this love with friends? Then consider becoming a Michigan Opera Theatre Ambassador. With recognition from Opera America, the Ambassadors program is designed to empower YOU to bring people to their first opera, and to increase the presence of MOT in your community. Michigan Opera Theatre’s new Ambassadors program will […]
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Summer Serenade

Summer Serenade

Experience the beauty of great music and joys of summer with Michigan Opera Theatre’s Summer Serenade! Artists from Michigan Opera Theatre will take you on a musical journey through beloved classics from opera, Broadway, and the Silver Screen. If this page does not load properly, please CLICK HERE.
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Enjoy “Opera Under the Stars”

Enjoy “Opera Under the Stars”

WED., JUNE 15, 2016, 6:00PM Let Michigan Opera Theatre artists serenade you under the stars. Food, drinks, a silent auction, and a gorgeous evening view of downtown Detroit from our fabulous Sky Deck. The Detroit Opera House Sky Deck was voted one of “Detroit’s Three Best Rooftop Venues” by the Michigan Meetings and Events Organization. […]
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The Magic Flute reviews

The Magic Flute reviews

  The Magic Flute, May 2016 Learn more about The Magic Flute    John Treba – Troy Everything about the Opera was fabulous….costuming, sets and players. My only negative was that the speaking volume was too low. The singing volume was perfect but conversation was impossible to understand for most of the production.   Eleanor – Harrison Twp. […]
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The Magic Flute Family Day!

The Magic Flute Family Day!

An Opera for the Whole Family! Sung in English (with some chirping from the birds) Sunday, May 22, 2016 Events begin at 1:00 pm Performance begins at 2:30 pm Activities include: – Learn about The Magic Flute at story time with Papageno – Create crowns, feather caps, and scepters with Arts and Scraps – Follow […]
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The Magic Flute Backstory

The Magic Flute Backstory

The Magic Flute, May 14-22, tickets and info What Happened Before Tamino’s Entrance? Before the curtain goes up, we should try to imagine the world of The Magic Flute — a world situated between the sun and the moon, where a great saga is already underway. The King of the Night has died, leaving his […]
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Macbeth Reviews

Macbeth Reviews

  Macbeth, April 2016 Learn more about Macbeth   Karen – Ortonville It was dark. It was rich. It was relentless. It was thoroughly enjoyable. Well done cast and crew!   Eleanor Meyers – Harrison Twp. Now that’s Opera! Superb! Verdi’s music, combined with wonderful voices, created an outstanding production.   Dr. Shirley Faust – Troy Fabulous!!! Beautiful […]
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20th Anniversary Celebration includes free tours

20th Anniversary Celebration includes free tours

20th Anniversary Celebration of the Restoration and Re-Opening of the Detroit Opera House! Sunday April 17, 2016 1:00 to 4:00 pm All tours are filled. Bring the entire family for a complimentary afternoon of fun! Exclusive costume exhibit History displays Help us celebrate two other iconic birthdays, with free samples of Sanders Bumpy Cake (100 […]
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The Sleeping Beauty Reviews

The Sleeping Beauty Reviews

March-April 2016 INFORMATION ON THE SLEEPING BEAUTY   “ABT’s lavish ‘Sleeping Beauty’ wows Opera House crowd” -David Lyman, Detroit Free Press    Gregory Bator  – Royal Oak Simply exquisite! This was a feast for eyes and ears! Go figure I stayed awake the entire performance too!   Mary – Atlanta, Georgia Attended with my 10 year […]
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Hence, horrible shadow! The Magic of Macbeth

Hence, horrible shadow! The Magic of Macbeth

In a day and age when we expect cutting-edge computer-generated imagery in our entertainment, it’s hard to imagine the theaters Giuseppe Verdi knew, illuminated by gas lamps instead of electricity, with scenery operated by ropes and pulleys instead of motorized winches. Verdi’s stage crafters relied on smoke and mirrors, lanterns, fine silk scrims, and meticulously […]
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Re-Awakening The Sleeping Beauty

Re-Awakening The Sleeping Beauty

Tuesday, March 29 at 7:00 pm The Carr Center | 311 E. Grand River, Detroit FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Attending “The Sleeping Beauty” at the Detroit Opera House? Learn more about the production with this FREE lecture, “Re-Awakening Sleeping Beauty: The Lively Debate over Alexei Ratmansky’s New Production” by Tim Scholl, Professor of […]
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The Tender Land Reviews

The Tender Land Reviews

  The Tender Land, March 2016 Learn more about The Tender Land   Tom Seubert – Roseville Overall, a good production. Macomb Center helped pull off a good show. It is worth seeing, and it was vintage Aaron Copland. The only downer is the plot: at the end it becomes clear why this is not […]
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The Tender Land – A History with Michigan Opera Theatre

The Tender Land – A History with Michigan Opera Theatre

Since the very beginning, Michigan Opera Theatre has been committed to performing contemporary works by American composers. David DiChiera called upon Aaron Copland  to conduct his only full-length opera The Tender Land to open the first Matrix Festival in Midland. The dancer Eugene Loring was also brought on to choreograph the production. Loring and Copland […]
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Community Events – The Tender Land

Community Events – The Tender Land

Valentine’s Day Dinner and Concert Sunday, February 14, 2016 Dinner 5:30 p.m., concert 7:00 p.m. Grosse Pointe War Memorial 32 Lake Shore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms The artists of Michigan Opera Theatre Studio visits the Grosse Pointe War Memorial for a romantic evening of beautiful music and gourmet cuisine in the elegant lakefront ballroom. For […]
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Eisenhower Dance 25th Anniversary reviews

Eisenhower Dance 25th Anniversary reviews

January 2016 INFORMATION   Steve & Jan – Livonia The dance show was wonderful. We especially enjoyed the Bollero Revisited dance.   Janice Chirio – Commerce I might be bias, as Lindsay is my daughter, but every time I watch their performances, they just look better and better.  The dancers all compliment each other very nicely!!   […]
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Special Offer for Choirs

Special Offer for Choirs

Michigan Opera Theatre is pleased to invite choral students, teachers, and groups to attend its production of The Tender Land, featuring Aaron Copland’s beloved choral work “The Promise of Living” as it was originally heard! Receive 25% off all seats with Promo Code: PART25! Students & Seniors can also attend dress rehearsals for $10 and […]
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Too Hot to Handel Reviews

Too Hot to Handel Reviews

  Too Hot to Handel, November 2015 INFORMATION   Eboni – Detroit It was AWESOME! The orchestra, choir, singers and conductor were great. The different styles of music would reach all audiences of every age. This was my first time seeing Too Hot to Handle. I was supposed to take my dad but he had to […]
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The Passenger Reviews

The Passenger Reviews

  The Passenger, November 2015 TICKETS, INFORMATION   John Toth – Brighton Twp Powerful, moving and thought provoking.     Debi Bernstein-Siegel – Bloomfield Hills Extremely powerful work. I am so glad that this production was seen in Detroit. The set was amazing. It became its own character. The entire cast was amazing. Bravo to MOT […]
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“The Passenger” Food Drive

“The Passenger” Food Drive

Food Drive Before and After Every Performance of The Passenger Bring non-perishable food items to donate to one of four local food banks when you attend a performance of The Passenger. Your Impact: $1 = 10 meals For every dollar donated, this network of food banks secures and distributes 10 meals to adults and children […]
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Four questions with Rob Kearley

Four questions with Rob Kearley

Rob Kearley is revival director of Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s Holocaust-themed opera, The Passenger, which runs November 14-22 at the Detroit Opera House.   Why is this opera important for 21st century audiences? The Passenger is unique in operatic terms in that the story and the music are written by those directly affected by these events. Zofia Posmysch [author of […]
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Community Partner Events – The Passenger

Community Partner Events – The Passenger

The Passenger: Art and Medicine Oakland University, Oakland Center Banquet Rooms Nov 11, 4:00PM – 6:00PM Light refreshments. Presented by Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and Michigan Opera Theatre.   Ocean of Pearls (film) The Community House – 380 South Bates, Birmingham Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 6:30 PM Free Admission Amrit Singh is […]
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La Boheme Reviews

La Boheme Reviews

  Learn more about LA BOHEME   Karen & John – Northville First time for us. Impassioned performance. Tear jerker. We really enjoyed it.   Lina – Ann Arbor It was wonderful! Nicole Cabell was amazing as Mimi-such a beautiful voice and it seemed so effortless. The sets and costumes were impressive as well.   […]
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Shen Yun

Shen Yun

Enter a Divine Land.  January 1-3, 2016, at the Detroit Opera House. There was a time when the world was full of magic and splendor, as if all on Earth existed in harmony with Heaven. You could see it in the arts, feel it in the air, and hear it in the beat of a […]
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Michigan Opera Theatre Studio

Michigan Opera Theatre Studio

Meet the artists of Michigan Opera Theatre Studio Above, pictured left to right: Soprano Angela Theis, Bass Brent Michael Smith, Baritone Jeff Byrnes, Tenor Joseph Michael Brent, and Mezzo Soprano Briana Elyse Hunter. The five resident artists of Michigan Opera Theatre Studio represent some of the most exciting emerging talent in opera today. Coming to Detroit from all […]
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Opera Ball Gala

Opera Ball Gala

Opera Ball Gala Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $750 per person Chaired by Joanne Danto Online auction – Opera Ball Gala Online Auction Young Patron Event at 7:30 p.m. on the box level (for ages 21-50) Tickets: $100 per person Limited visibility of the evening’s presentation Purchase Tickets Please contact Stephani Yates at […]
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Unfading Voices: The Many Languages of The Passenger

Unfading Voices: The Many Languages of The Passenger

By Michael Yashinsky When the curtain rises on The Passenger, Soviet-Jewish composer Mieczysław Weinberg’s memory opera of the Holocaust, a former Nazi guard at Auschwitz and her husband are en route to a new life in Brazil. The man sings jubilantly, piercing the sea air with his tenor: “Das Ufer in der Ferne ist nicht […]
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Nutcracker Family Matinees

Nutcracker Family Matinees

A variety of holiday activities at the Detroit Opera House make The Nutcracker a family outing that children and adults cherish for years to come. Family matinees include: Live reindeer on Broadway Street Photos with Santa and the Nutcracker (Santa arrives at 12:30PM) Join the Sugar Plum Parade on stage following the performance Holiday-themed crafts courtesy of Arts & […]
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Detroit Opera House Sky Deck Opens!

Detroit Opera House Sky Deck Opens!

The Detroit Opera House Sky Deck officially opens June 12! Mark your calendars, the Detroit Opera House Sky Deck has new improvements for Summer 2015! Located in the heart of downtown Detroit, the Detroit Opera House Sky Deck is the perfect place to watch the excitement of a Tiger’s game, enjoy amazing views of the […]
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Opera Outdoors

Opera Outdoors

Michigan Opera Theatre will present three outdoor performances of selections from opera and Broadway, July 21-23, 2015. The series kicks off with a free performance from artists of MOT’s Department of Community Programs and soprano Angela Theis, at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial on Tuesday, July 21 at 7 p.m. The next evening, Wednesday, July […]
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Opera Clubs – Industry Leaders Recognize MOT’s Audience Engagement

Opera Clubs – Industry Leaders Recognize MOT’s Audience Engagement

Michigan Opera Theatre’s Arthur White, audience engagement coordinator, represented the company at Opera America Conference 2015, held in Washington, D.C. MOT was invited to showcase its Opera Club program developed by White. This grassroots approach to audience development is a model for other arts organizations. White created 14 opera clubs, each in a different community throughout […]
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Access

Access

Young professionals and students gain Access to the Detroit Opera House’s world-class opera and dance. Access members receive: Main-floor seats to select opera and dance productions for over 50% off A complimentary specialty drink at an exclusive post-performance reception A chance to meet members of the cast! Access is the perfect opportunity for opera and […]
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Frida Cast Party

Frida Cast Party

Pictured to the right are Frida cast members celebrating a spectacular performance! Here’s what Yolanda Sandor of Farmington Hills had to say about Frida: Catalina Cuervo beautifully voiced Frida with her rich soprano an excellent diction. Catalina brought you into the opera and you felt Frida’s presence in regards to her love and sufferings. Her […]
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Interview with Stanton Welch, Artistic Director of Houston Ballet

Interview with Stanton Welch, Artistic Director of Houston Ballet

Michigan Opera Theatre audiences last saw the work of Australian choreographer Stanton Welch when the Joffrey Ballet performed his Son of Chamber Symphony (2012), to the music of John Adams, in its appearance on our stage in March of 2014. For that unconventional piece, Welch had said he sought to “show the seams” of movement that ballet tends to […]
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Finding Her Feet

Finding Her Feet

One of the singers who is waltzing and warbling beside world-famous American soprano Deborah Voigt in The Merry Widow spoke of his delight in working with her, gushing, “She’s such a human being.” The news seems unsurprising—we are yet to discover any other species that can sing opera. Perhaps it is not so obvious, though, […]
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Music That Floats Like a Butterfly… and Stings Like a Bee

Music That Floats Like a Butterfly… and Stings Like a Bee

Love kills. So sang Elektra (“Liebe tötet!”), the last Diva to be Exposed on our Detroit stage, shortly before she succumbed to that phenomenon. Besides being an apt summary of all tragic opera, we hear the exact phrase—in its negative form— uttered in the first act of Madame Butterfly. Alone together on the night of their […]
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