Overview

Travel back in time to the inspired gatherings at 27 rue de Fleurus in Paris, where American expatriates Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas hosted luminaries of art and literature such as Pablo Picasso, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henri Matisse and Ernest Hemingway. The opera explores themes of love, loss, change and art set throughout two world wars. Presented in partnership with Macomb Center for the Performing Arts.

Stephen Lord – “David DiChiera and I have long shared a dedication
to developing the next generation of artists. This opera provides the perfect roles to showcase the talent of our studio artists and continues our commitment to the ‘Opera of Our Time’ initiative.”

Artists

Briana Elyse Hunter

Gertrude Stein

Briana Elyse Hunter returns for her second year as Michigan Opera Theatre Studio’s resident mezzo-soprano. Her MOT credits include Wowkle in The Girl of the Golden West, Jo March in Little Women, Madeleine Audebert in Silent Night and Mercedes in Carmen. She has been on the rosters of Santa Fe Opera, Knoxville Opera, American Opera Projects, Opera in the Heights, the I SING BEIJING festival, Sarasota Opera, El Paso Opera and Music Academy of the West. She most recently performed at The Glimmerglass Festival as Annie in Porgy and Bess and covered Arsamenes in Xerxes. She holds a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music in vocal performance and a bachelor’s degree in theater from Davidson College. This season, she will perform Giovanna and cover Maddalena in Rigoletto and star as Gertrude Stein in Ricky Ian Gordon’s 27 with MOT.

Briana Elyse Hunter

Gertrude Stein

Monica Dewey

Alice B. Toklas

Monica Dewey is Michigan Opera Theatre Studio’s resident soprano. She recently performed her second season with the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, where she made her role debut as Servilia in Titus (La Clemenza di Tito). She has been a young artist with Chautauqua Voice Institute, Lyric Opera Studio Weimar and Harrower Opera Workshop. Monica was recently named the first place winner of the Hilde Zadek International Voice Competition in Vienna, Austria. She received her Master of Music degree from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music and a dual bachelor’s degree in Music and Arts Administration from the University of Kentucky.  This fall, she makes her debut with San Francisco Opera singing Poussette in Manon. She will perform the role of Alice Toklas in MOT’s 27 in March.

Monica Dewey

Alice B. Toklas

Michael Day

Picasso, Fitzgerald

Tenor Michael Day makes his Michigan Opera Theatre debut this season as a Michigan Opera Theatre Studio Artist. His performance credits include singing with Indiana University Opera Theatre, the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Indianapolis Pro Musica, the Bloomington Chamber Singers and Utah Festival Opera, where he worked as a young artist. He recently returned to the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis this summer as a Richard Gaddes Festival Artist, singing the role of Al Joad in a new performing version of Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music education and vocal performance from Indiana University and is currently completing a master’s degree from the university. This season, Michael will perform Don Basilio in The Marriage of Figaro, the dual role of Pablo Picasso/F. Scott Fitzgerald in Gordon’s 27 and Spoletta in Tosca at MOT.

Michael Day

Picasso, Fitzgerald

Harry Greenleaf

Leo Stein, Man Ray

Wixom, Michigan native Harry Greenleaf is Michigan Opera Theatre Studio’s resident baritone. He made his debut with Michigan Opera Theatre in 2016 in the role of Top in The Tender Land. His credits with MOT also include Le Bret in Cyrano, Jack Wallace in The Girl of the Golden West and Morales in Carmen. He has been a Studio Artist with the Wolf Tap Opera Company, an Apprentice Artist with Des Moines Metro Opera and a Young Artist with the Glimmerglass Festival. He holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and is an alumnus of the Michigan State University College of Music. This season, Harry will perform with MOT as Marullo in Rigoletto, Sciarrone in Tosca and the roles of Leo Stein and Man Ray in Ricky Ian Gordon’s 27.

Harry Greenleaf

Leo Stein, Man Ray

Erik Van Heyningen

Matisse, Hemingway

Bass-baritone Erik van Heyningen makes his debut at Michigan Opera Theatre as a Studio Artist. He has sung with opera companies across the country, including performing as a Richard Gaddes Festival Artist and a Gerdine Young Artist with the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Erik performed as an Apprentice Artist at Santa Fe Opera this summer. An avid recitalist, Erik has appeared in recital in cities such as Toronto, San Diego, Boston, and New York. This season, Erik will perform Count Ceprano in Rigoletto, Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro (cover), Ernest Hemingway in Ricky Ian Gordon’s 27 and Angelotti and the Jailer in Tosca at MOT.

Erik Van Heyningen

Matisse, Hemingway

Roberto Kalb

Conductor

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