DETROIT (March 12, 2014) - Michigan Opera Theatre announced today the details of its 2014-15 opera season and a triumphant return to a five opera season. The company's 44th opera season includes four main stage productions and a co-production of an opera in the community, Frida, at The Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, with subsequent performances in Wayne and Oakland counties. MOT's partnership with the Macomb Center marks its first production in Macomb County.
Strauss' ELEKTRA October 18-26, 2014
Performed in German with English supertitles
The fall opera season opens with the company premiere of Strauss' horror-filled, signature opera Elektra. Enraged over her father's murder at the hands of her mother and her mother's lover, Elektra vows to seek revenge. Strauss' opera follows its title character's vengeful journey with musical complexity that stretches the singing voice and demands a powerful orchestra. One of the composer's earlier works, written in 1909, Elektra was Strauss' first collaboration with the poet Hugo von Hofmannsthal.
Opera superstar and Grammy-award winning soprano Christine Goerke (American) will sing all four performances in the title role. Goerke has received international acclaim for her performances as "Elektra," one of the most difficult roles in the soprano repertory. She is one of today's most sought-after sopranos for the Strauss and Wagner repertory. The opening night performance will begin at 5 p.m., and MOT's fall gala, Opera Ball, will immediately follow. The opera will be performed by one cast.
Puccini's MADAME BUTTERFLY November 15-23, 2014
Performed in Italian with English supertitles
One of opera's treasured gems, Madame Butterfly, details the tragic betrayal of a Japanese geisha, Cio Cio San (Butterfly). After falling in love and marrying an American Naval officer, Butterfly patiently awaits her husband's return from a long mission at sea, only to discover that he has found another wife. Considered one of the most dramatic and heartbreaking roles in the soprano repertory, Puccini's melodic music demands an expressive voice from the opera's title character. The company last produced the opera in 2008. The opera is double cast for five performances.
Rodriguez's FRIDA March 7-8, 2015
at The Macomb Center for the Performing Arts
Performed in English with English supertitles
MOT will expand its main stage outreach to the metro Detroit community with the co-production of a thrilling contemporary opera, Frida. The opera focuses completely on the tumultuous life of its title character, Frida Kahlo. At the age of 16, Kahlo was in a serious bus accident, causing her injuries that would lead to a lifetime of medical procedures and pain, and would inspire her to create some of the most compelling paintings of the 21st century. Kahlo's marriage to famed Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, the artist who created the mural Detroit Industry for the Detroit Institute of Arts, was a source of both inspiration and heartache. The opera celebrates Kahlo's vivacious spirit, talent, sexuality, and fragility in scenes filled with wide-ranging music as complex and colorful as Kahlo's artwork. The opera's run will be in tandem with the DIA's exhibition, "Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit."
Lehár's THE MERRY WIDOW April 11-19, 2015
Performed in English with English supertitles
To begin its spring season, MOT will produce a rollicking operetta, The Merry Widow. The operetta concerns a wealthy widow, Hanna Glawari, whose wealth, if she decides to remarry, will be transferred to her next husband. Her countrymen aim to keep her money in the country by meddling to find her the right local suitor. Romantic, lilting waltzes accompany the characters as they scramble to keep Hanna from falling for a foreign man.
World renowned soprano Deborah Voigt will sing the lead role of Hanna Glawari (Sonia) in all four performances. MOT last produced the opera at the Fisher Theatre in 1984. The opera will be performed by one cast.
Gounod's FAUST May 9-17, 2015
Performed in French with English supertitles
Gounod's grand opera, Faust, closes the spring season. One of the top 20 operas performed annually, Faust is the powerful tale of a man who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for the return of his youth and the love of a young woman, Marguerite. Beautiful arias and ensemble songs contrast with Faust's turmoil and ultimate demise. MOT last produced the opera in 2004. The opera is double cast for four performances.
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Single ticket prices for the 2014-15 opera and dance seasons range from $25 to $125. Single tickets will become available in September 2014. They will be available in person at the Detroit Opera House ticket office (1526 Broadway, Detroit), by phone at (313) 237-SING , and online at www.MichiganOpera.org. For group sales rates, please contact the ticket office.