If you are looking to host a wedding, concert, play, convention, graduation, corporate event, or private function, please contact:

Shawn Taffinder
Director of Catering & Special Events
313.965.4146
staffinder@motopera.org

 

Why the Detroit Opera House?

An Ideal Location

The Detroit Opera House is one of the crown jewels of downtown Detroit’s burgeoning Entertainment District, which is comprised of six restored theaters, Ford Field, Comerica Park, and three casinos!

Easy Parking

We have an 80-space valet lot immediately next to the theatre and the state-of-the-art Herman Frankel | Opera House Parking Center directly across the street, which can accommodate 700 vehicles.

From corporate events to performances and weddings, let us help plan your event at the Detroit Opera House!

For a personal site visit or to request a quote contact:

Shawn Tafinder
Director of Catering and Special Events
313.965.4146
staffinder@motopera.org

Corporate Events

Hold your large or small corporate event in the Grand Lobby, elevator lobbies, or in any of our other comfortable lounges. We have hosted video premieres, product reveals, and have even had automobiles on stage! Your employees and clients will love it.

Promoters

At the Detroit Opera House, your performance takes center stage. Flexibility, supreme services and an eager, attentive staff are some of the ingredients that ensure the success of your show.

Theatrical, Dance or Musical Presentations

The expansive Detroit Opera House stage is one of the largest and most technically advanced in North America. Our technical staff will ensure your event meets your expectations.

Large Theater Capacity

The main theater space holds 2,187 total. Main Floor Balcony Boxes Pit seating (if utilized) adds 92 seats.

Large Stage Dimensions

The Detroit Opera House’s stage is the largest in Michigan at 110′ wide by 65′ deep (7,270 sq. ft.). The Proscenium is 30′ high by 53’4″ wide and upstage bustle is 53′ wide by 48′ deep by 26’4″ high.

Wedding

Your wedding takes center stage at the Detroit Opera House. Your wedding ceremony and reception can be held right on the main stage! Weddings can also be held in the Grand Lobby, elevator lobbies, or in any of our other comfortable lounges.

Technical Information

Accessibility

Accessible seating is available in the orchestra and box levels of the theatre. Patrons requiring special assistance or seat removal should inform the Box Office prior to purchasing tickets.

Posters & Displays

Posters may be created for your event. There are four frames in the Grand Foyer. The two outer frames accept posters 43” by 67.50”. The two center frames accept posters 37.25” by 52.25”. Posters must be mounted on foam core and are held into place by the picture frames. Easels are available for rent. They are adjustable and accommodate most sizes. We traditionally use 24” by 36” posters.. Please note that posters, banners etc. may not be hung from railings in the lobby areas.

Stage Labor

The Detroit Opera House operates under agreements with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), Locals #38 and #786. All stage work connected with a production will be covered under the terms of that agreement. Stagehands will be used for all work on temporary platforms installed in the auditorium of the theatre as well as the stage. Lobby areas will utilize stagehand labor for all installation of theatrical, electrical or audiovisual equipment. Clients should contact the technical director with complete production requirements to facilitate a labor estimate well in advance of each event.

Policies

The facility is a non-smoking environment. The loading dock is available for cast and crew smokers.

Loading Dock

Dock is fenced on all sides with access gates for truck entry and auxiliary loading access. Two dock levelers will accommodate trucks higher or lower than standard dock height. An aluminum walk ramp (capacity: 1,000 lbs.) is available for drop frame trailers. The House does not provide forklifts. Total square footage for the dock is approximately 500 sq. ft. All material must travel down an incline into the theatre. This ramp drops 3’ over 22’ of travel. Two Johnson bars and various dollies are available to assist loading.

Truck Parking

The loading dock accommodates two 53’ trailers and attached tractors for short periods of time. When parking trucks on the street, it is recommended that drivers remain with the tractors. Long-term trailer accommodations can be made upon request.

Stage & Equipment Specifications

Stage: 110′ wide by 65′ deep (7,270 sq. ft.)

Orchestra Pit: 53′ wide by 32′ deep (1,650 sq. ft.)

Rigging & Fly System

Contact the Technical Director for current Line Set Schedule. Additional hang points located down stage of plaster line.

Gridiron

Additional Equipment Available for Rent

Contact the Technical Director for rental information.

House Curtain

Hemp Rigging

Stage Draperies

All draperies, other than grand drape, require additional rental fees.

Black Velour

Storage

Storage of empty boxes and  unused equipment can be accommodated. On larger shows it may be necessary to load empties back to the truck. Consult the Technical Director to discuss individual needs.

Lighting

All lighting equipment other than basic power requires additional rental fees. Understand that while the Detroit Opera House does have access to an inventory of lighting equipment, it does not maintain a repertory light plot. Using Detroit Opera House lights for a performance may require the services of a Lighting Designer and a light hang.

Power

Control

ETC Obsession 600 version 2.42 is currently houses in the control booth at the rear of the main orchestra level. Remote focus unit outlet at stage level.

Dimming

192 ETC Sensor dimmers for the front of house and architectural dimming are located in climate-controlled room in the basement. Three additional 96 dimmer racks are located on the fourth floor stage to service on-stage dimming needs. There is no permanent cabling to the one-stage dimmers. One 6 by 6K ERC rack available for     big loads.

Instrument Inventory

Additional Lekos are dedicated FOH for curtain warmers.

Cable Accessories

Some top hats are available for ETC ellipsodial.

Miscellaneous Cable Accessories

Followspots

Sound & Video

Outboard

Speakers

Snake

Amplifiers

Microphones

Playback

Power

Paging

A dressing room paging system is installed. Microphone is down stage right. An emergency paging system, covering the entire backstage and public space is also installed. It is also located from stage right and control booth.

Hearing Impaired System

A Williams hearing impaired system is installed for the auditorium. There are currently 25 headsets available.

Intercom/Communications

Video

The Opera House has video equipment in-house to accomplish a number of specific tasks. A balcony rail mounted camera feeds the stage manager’s console and a number of backstage and lobby monitors with a show program feed. If needed, a camera mounted in the pit is focused on the conductor and the feed sent to monitors on the balcony rail, the stage manager’s console and roving monitors on stage.

Wardrobe: 725 sq. ft.

Basement

Stage Level

Second Level

Third Level

This dressing room has limited availability during Opera Season. Contact the Technical Director for specific information.

Orchestra/Musicians

Musicians

The Detroit Opera House operates under an agreement with the Detroit Federation of Musicians, local 5, AF of M. All auditorium events requiring local musicians must engage them and the terms of this agreement. Please contact the Technical Director for more information.

Orchestra Pits: 1,650 sq. ft.

Lift comprises the downstage 16 ft. of the pit and is split into upstage and downstage lifts. Each lift may be stopped at any height in its travel.

Musician’s Lounge: 750 sq. ft.

Orchestra Chairs & Stands Available for Rent