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Opera Season Includes Company Premiere of
Bolcom's A View from the Bridge 
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"Dance in the D" Season Features
Detroit Premiere of Acrobatic DIAVOLO 


DETROIT, Mich. (March 1, 2013)... Michigan Opera Theatre announced today the details of its 2013-14 opera and dance seasons. The company's 43rd opera season of Drama in the D includes three audience favorites and the company premiere of an American opera. 

The Detroit Opera House's 18th season of Dance in the D showcases the Opera House debut of the incredible Diavolo acrobatic dance troupe, and the Joffrey Ballet's new production of Romeo and Juliet. Dance Theatre of Harlem returns for a second year by popular demand, along with BalletMet Columbus' production of The Nutcracker.


Wagner's The Flying Dutchman
October 19-27, 2013
In German with English supertitle translations
The fall opera season opens with Wagner's stormy saga of the search for eternal love. After invoking the name of Satan, a ship's captain is cursed to roam the seas forever. His only chance at redemption comes every seven years when the waves carry him to shore. If he can find a woman who loves him truly, the curse will break. One of the composer's earlier works, written in 1870, Dutchman includes many of Wagner's first attempts at styles that would be prominent in his later operas, including the use of leitmotifs. MOT last produced the opera in 1997.
In their company debuts, sopranos Lori Phillips (American) and Elisabet Strid (Swedish) alternate as Senta. The production will be directed by Bernard Uzan and conducted by Steven Mercurio, who both frequently collaborate with the company.

laTraviata.jpgVerdi's La Traviata
November 16-24, 2013
In Italian with English supertitle translations

The city of light is the setting of Giuseppe Verdi's romantic tragedy of forbidden love between a courtesan and nobleman. Written in 1853 and based on La dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas,  La Traviata translates to mean "the fallen woman." Convinced by high-born Alfredo's meddling father that she has brought disgrace to his family's name with her wild-child ways, woman of the night Violetta feels compelled to abandon her love. Only when she is on her deathbed does Alfredo learn that it is his own deceitful father who has caused the flower of his love to wilt. The company last produced the opera in 2008. 
American soprano Nicole Cabell returns as Violetta after last appearing with MOT in 2005; she alternates with American Corinne Winters, who makes her company debut. Two tenors also debut with the company as Alfredo: Italian Leonardo Caimi and American Zach Borichevsky.

Bolcom's A View from the Bridge
April 5-13, 2014
In English with English supertitle translations

To begin its spring season, MOT will produce the company's premiere of William Bolcom's A View from the Bridge. In this adaptation of Arthur Miller's play of the same name, Eddie, a working class Italian-American, is troubled by his taboo feelings toward his niece, Catherine. Set in 1950s Brooklyn, the score includes elements of traditional opera, jazz, blues, and even rock 'n' roll, as Eddie's inability to deal with his emotions leads to disastrous results, both for him and his community. The opera premiered in 1999. Casting will be announced.

turandot.jpgPuccini's Turandot
May 10-18, 2014
In Italian with English supertitle translations

Puccini's final masterpiece, Turandot, closes the spring season. Featuring some of opera's most powerful music, including "Nessun Dorma," the work was unfinished at the time of the composer's death and was completed hastily before its premiere in 1926. An icy princess, forced by her father to choose a suitor, ruthlessly eliminates all who fail to correctly answer her puzzling riddles. After meeting the princess, Prince Calaf decides in a moment of passion that he has fallen in love with her, and will doom himself to the riddles and almost certain death. MOT last produced the work in 2006.
The cast features a debut by American soprano Lise Lindstrom as Turandot, alternately played by Canadian-American Othalie Graham. South Korean tenor Rudy Park debuts as Calaf, and Italian conductor Valerio Galli will lead the production in his company debut.



November 2-3, 2013

In its first performances at the Detroit Opera House, Diavolo Dance Theater presents spectacular works from the company's innovative and energetic repertory. Founded in 1992 under the leadership of Artistic Director Jacques Heim, this renowned modern acrobatic dance company has acquired a reputation for aesthetic movement on oversized surrealistic sets and everyday structures.   
Based in Los Angeles since its founding, the company was officially recognized as a cultural treasure by the city in 2007. Using imaginative sets and versatile performers, Diavolo continues to propel the evolution of dance and entertainment both nationally and internationally.

balletMet.jpgBalletMet Columbus: The Nutcracker
November 29-December 1, 2013

The Opera House continues its annual holiday tradition with the return of BalletMet Columbus' production of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker. For four magical performances, this quintessential holiday event features a talented cast of more than 100 professional company dancers and local children, with larger-than-life characters, narration by Sir Roger Moore, and Tchaikovsky's glorious score played by the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra.
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. Festivities will again feature special family matinees that include box lunches, reindeer, photos with Santa and the Nutcracker, and a special opportunity to meet Nutcracker dancers on the stage in the Sugar Plum Parade.
BalletMet Columbus, renowned for its versatility and innovative repertory, ranks among the nation's largest dance companies, and its Dance Academy ranks among the largest dance-training centers. Since its inception in 1978, BalletMet has added 154 company premieres to its repertoire and produced 126 world premieres.

danceTheatreHarlem.jpgDance Theatre of Harlem
February 14-6, 2014

After experiencing a major rebirth last year, Dance Theatre of Harlem returns to Detroit for the second year in a row.

Founded in 1969 by Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook, the company has grown into a multi-cultural dance institution with an extraordinary legacy of providing opportunities for creative expression and artistic excellence that continues to set standards in the performing arts. Dance Theatre of Harlem has achieved unprecedented success bringing innovative and bold new forms of artistic expression to audiences in New York City, across the country and around the world. 
The Joffrey Ballet: Romeo and Juliet 
May 30-June 1, 2014 
The spring 2014 dance season closes with the Joffrey Ballet's Romeo and Juliet, following its U.S. and company premiere earlier that year. Created in 2008 for the Scottish Ballet, Polish National Ballet director Krzysztof Pastor's modern retelling of Shakespeare's classic is set in Italy and spans three eras of the 20th century. The production features drama, power, and timeless themes of love and loss in one darkly intense ballet, with choreography set against a multi-media backdrop to Sergei Prokofiev's dramatic score.  
Founded by visionary Robert Joffrey in 1956, this Chicago-based dance company continues to flourish under Artistic Director Ashley C. Wheater and Executive Director Christopher Clinton Conway. The Joffrey Ballet's commitment to artistic excellence and innovation for the past fifty years has put them at the forefront of dance education and performance, and has classified them as one of the top dance companies in the world. 


Subscription prices range from $39 to $500. If a patron subscribes by May 30, the subscription cost will be split into two equal payments, with the final payment due June 30.
As always, subscriptions are offered first to renewing subscribers. Subscribers enjoy the benefits of priority seating, limited free ticket exchanges, and advanced purchase opportunities for certain non-subscription events. New subscriptions are available through the ticket office. The Detroit Opera House will again offer special package discounts for first-time subscribers, as well as a distance discount for new subscribers traveling more than 80 miles to attend performances. The popular "family series" discount continues. All subscription information may be obtained by calling the Detroit Opera House ticket office at (313) 237-SING [7464].


Single ticket prices for the 2013-14 opera and dance seasons range from $25 to $125. Single tickets will become available in September 2013. They will be available in person at the Detroit Opera House ticket office (1526 Broadway, Detroit), by phone at (313) 237-SING [7464], and online at For group sales rates, please contact the ticket office.


The Flying Dutchman
October 19-27, 2013

Saturday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 27 at 2:30 p.m.
La Traviata 
November 16-24, 2013
Saturday, November 16  at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 22  at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 23at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 24 at 2:30 p.m.
A View from the Bridge
April 5-13, 2014
Saturday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 13 at 2:30 p.m.
May 10-18, 2014
Saturday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 18 at 2:30 p.m.

2012-13 DANCE IN THE D


Saturday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 3 at 2:30 p.m.
BalletMet Columbus: The Nutcracker

Friday, November 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 30 at 2:30 & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 1 at 2:30 p.m.
Dance Theatre of Harlem
Friday, February 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 16 at 2:30 p.m.
The Joffrey Ballet: Romeo and Juliet
Friday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 31 at 2:30 & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 1 at 2:30 p.m.