Overview

 

GRAND SALUTE

audience150This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Detroit audiences! Great artists from opera and dance will perform on one stage in salute to the legacy of David DiChiera. The evening will include the DiChiera Grand Salute reception and a star-studded tribute performance honoring Dr. DiChiera and his legacy. Presented by Cadillac.

5:30PM Reception
6:30PM Performance – NO LATE SEATING

Tickets starting at $29.
Purchase Performance

 

Program

Welcome
Wayne S. Brown, President, Michigan Opera Theatre Daniel Ammann, President, General Motors

Prologue Pagliacci (Leoncavallo)
Stephen Powell

 

Introduction
Ron Raines & Dona Vaughn

 

David DiChiera: Impresario
Marc Scorca, President & CEO, OPERA America

 

“Parto, parto, ma tu ben mio” La Clemenza di Tito (Mozart)
Emily Fons, Brian Bowman (Clarinet)

 

“Cielo e mar” La Gioconda (Ponchielli)
Russell Thomas

 

David DiChiera: Composer
Bernard Uzan, Stage Director

 

Roxane, adieu Cyrano (DiChiera)
Sarah Joy Miller, Marian Pop

 

Gershwin Medley (G. & I. Gershwin)
Ron Raines

 

“L’onore! Ladri!” Falstaff (Giuseppe Verdi)
Mark Delavan

 

David DiChiera: Civic Leader
The Honorable Carl Levin, Senator for Michigan, 1979-2014

 

Special Presentation
The Honorable Mike Duggan, Mayor of Detroit

 

“Va, pensiero” Nabucco (Verdi)
Chorus

 

Intermission

 

“Le Cygne” ”Le carnaval des animaux” (Saint-Saëns)
Veronika Part, Nadine Deluery (Cello) Patricia Terry-Ross (Harp)

 

David DiChiera: Dance Advocate
Ashley Wheater, Artistic Director, Joffrey Ballet

 

“Acerba voluttà” Adriana Lecouvreur (Cilea)
Irina Mishura

 

“Au fond du temple saint” Les pêcheurs de perles (Bizet)
Jonathan Boyd, Stephen Powell

 

“Deep River” Spiritual (Anonymous) arr. John Conahan
Denyce Graves

 

David DiChiera: Champion of Diversity
George Shirley Martina Arroyo

 

“Sì, pel ciel” Otello (Verdi)
Mark Delavan, Russell Thomas

 

Presentation
R. Jamison Williams, Chairman, Michigan Opera Theatre

 

“Inno del sole” Iris (Mascagni) 
Chorus

 

“Come dal ciel precipita” Macbeth (Verdi)
Burak Bilgili

 

“Entweihte Götter!” Lohengrin (Wagner)
Christine Goerke

 

“Make Our Garden Grow” Candide (Bernstein)
Joseph Michael Brent, Angela Theis, Briana Elyse Hunter, Jonathan Boyd, Jesús Murillo, Brent Michael Smith

 

Conductors: Stephen Lord, Suzanne Mallare Acton
Masters of Ceremony: Ron Raines & Dona Vaughn
Public Address Announcer: Paula Tutman

Artists

Christine Goerke

Soprano

Fidelio (2013), Elektra (2015)

Soprano Christine Goerke has appeared in the major opera houses of the world including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Paris Opera, Théâtre du Châtelet, Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, Teatro alla Scala, Teatro Real in Madrid, Deutsche Oper Berlin, and many more. She won a Grammy in 2003 for Best Classical Recording.

Future plans include full Ring Cycles at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Metropolitan Opera, the Canadian Opera Company, and the Houston Grand Opera.

Christine Goerke

Soprano

Denyce Graves

Mezzo-soprano

Margaret Garner (2005, 2009), Werther (1999)

Recognized worldwide as one of today’s most exciting vocal stars, Denyce Graves continues to gather unparalleled popular and critical acclaim in performances on four continents. Her career has taken her to the world’s great opera houses and concert halls. The combination of her expressive, rich vocalism, elegant stage presence, and exciting theatrical abilities allows her to pursue a wide breadth of operatic portrayals as well as delight audiences in concert and recital appearances.

Denyce Graves

Mezzo-soprano

Veronika Part

ABT Principal Dancer

Born in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1978, Veronika Part began her early training in artistic gymnastics before entering the Vaganova Ballet Academy in 1988. Part graduated in 1996 and joined the Kirov Ballet, where she was promoted to soloist in 1998. Part joined American Ballet Theatre as a Soloist in August 2002. Part was promoted to Principal in May 2009

Veronika Part

ABT Principal Dancer

Mark Delavan

Bass-baritone

A singer of “incisive vocal power and fierce theatrical acuity,” Mark Delavan is sought after throughout the United States and Europe for the most demanding roles in his repertoire. He regularly appears in the title roles of Der Fliegende Holländer, Falstaff and Rigoletto, and as Iago in Otello, Scarpia in Tosca, Jochanaan in Salome, and Amonasro in Aida. In the summer of 2011, Mr. Delavan completed his first performances as Wotan/Wanderer in Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen for San Francisco Opera’s new production by Francesca Zambello.

Mark Delavan

Bass-baritone

Irina Mishura

Mezzo-soprano

Russian-born mezzo-soprano Irina Mishura has established herself as one of the most important dramatic mezzo-sopranos singing today. A recent performance of Bizet’s Carmen led one critic to write, “Irina Mishura’s Carmen absolutely floored the audience. Hers is a big sultry voice, evenly produced throughout its range, particularly solid in its lower register, but easily floated on top. Her Carmen is truly voluptuous, with restrained, smoldering intensity.” After a recent gala event at the opening of the new Detroit Opera House, the Detroit News singled out Mishura’s “gripping ‘O don fatale’ from Verdi’s Don Carlo” as “the performance that likely will endure as the most memorable of the night. Mishura displayed not just the vocal prowess but also the intelligence that distinguishes great singers.”

Irina Mishura

Mezzo-soprano

Marian Pop

Baritone

In recent seasons, Mr. Pop has joined Theater Basel for his role debut as Posa in Don Carlo as well as performing Lescaut in Manon, Taddeo L’italiana in Algeri, and Prokofiev’s Pantalone in The Love for Three Oranges. A frequent guest at the Staatsoper Stuttgart, the baritone’s numerous roles with the company have included his signature performances of Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, plus Beckmesser in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and Ulisse in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria. With the Vienna Staatsoper and Volksoper, he has sung a variety of roles, including Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Dandini in La Cenerentola, Valentin in Faust, Ping in Turandot, Graf Homonay in Zigeunerbaron, and Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus.

Marian Pop

Baritone

Sarah Joy Miller

Soprano

Sarah Joy Miller, praised by The New York Times as “vivacious and fearless” is widely acknowledged as one of the industry’s foremost emerging talents. Ms. Miller began turning heads at her New York City Opera and BAM débuts to great critical acclaim singing the title role of Anna Nicole Smith in the Royal Opera House commissioned opera Anna Nicole by Mark-Anthony Turnage. This season, Ms. Miller performs Juliette in Roméo et Juliette at Opera Tampa, Mabel in Pirates of Penzance at Palm Beach Opera, and Roxanne in David DiChiera and Bernard Uzan’s Cyrano with Michigan Opera Theatre. Miller will also perform as a featured soloist in a “Puccini to Pop” concert with Tulsa Opera and a soloist in Eternal Light: A Requiem with Distinguished Concerts International New York.

Sarah Joy Miller

Soprano

Stephen Powell

Baritone

The dynamic American baritone Stephen Powell brings his handsome voice, elegant musicianship, and robust stage presence to a wide range of music, from Monteverdi and Handel through Verdi and Puccini to Sondheim and John Adams. Opera magazine has hailed him, writing “the big news was Stephen Powell’s gorgeously-sung Onegin: rock solid, with creamy legato from top to bottom and dynamics smoothly tapered but never exaggerated,” while The Wall Street Journal lauded his “rich, lyric baritone, commanding presence, and thoughtful musicianship.”

Stephen Powell

Baritone

Burak Bilgili

Bass-baritone

Burak Bilgili is a Turkish operatic bass-baritone who was born in Akşehir, a town in the Konya Province of Turkey. Since his professional operatic debut at the Teatro alla Scala in 2002 as Don Alfonso in Lucrezia Borgia, he has sung in leading opera houses all around the world and has enjoyed a busy international career. Bilgili made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 2004, when he sang Leporello without a “full-stage” or “orchestra rehearsal” in the final performance of Don Giovanni that season. When he took his solo bow at the end of the performance, the audience roared in appreciation. He returned to the Metropolitan Opera in 2009 as Ferrando in Il Trovatore. Mr. Bilgili is still the only Turkish artist in history to perform a major role in Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

Burak Bilgili

Bass-baritone

Russell Thomas

Tenor

Tenor Russell Thomas, recently the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s 2014-2015 Artist in Residence, is quickly establishing himself as one of the most exciting vocal and dramatic talents on the international opera and concert scene. Detroit audiences are familiar with his acclaimed performance in the title-role in Faust in 2015.

Russell Thomas

Tenor

Jonathan Boyd

Tenor

Tenor Jonathan Boyd continually performs to great acclaim throughout Europe, North America and South America. Most recently Opera News hailed him as “…handsome in voice and physical appearance” for his Narraboth to Patricia Racette’s Salome with Pittsburgh Opera. This season includes a return to Opera Omaha in the role of Ferrando in Così fan tutte and makes débuts with Traverse Symphony and Springfield Symphony performing in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.

Jonathan Boyd

Tenor

Emily Fons

Mezzo-soprano

American Mezzo-soprano Emily Fons has made several exciting role and company debuts in recent seasons that have set her apart as a versatile, powerful, and engaging performer. Ms. Fons was hailed by Opera News as one of opera’s rising stars and one of the best singing actresses of her generation.

Ms. Fons has been lauded for her virtuosic abilities in Baroque and Bel Canto repertoire, her winning portrayals of opera’s traditional “trouser roles”, and the dramatic commitment and musicality she brings to modern works.

Emily Fons

Mezzo-soprano

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