16 | 17 OPERA SERIES
Oct 15–23, 2016, Detroit Opera House
Carmen—herself a pawn of fate—lures a wide-eyed soldier and a flamboyant bullfighter into a destructive rivalry for her affection, while beguiling melodies such as the Habanera and Gypsy Song have their way with the audience. Bring a friend who hasn’t been to the opera—Carmen never fails to entice!
Nov 12–20, 2016, Detroit Opera House
Silent Night won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2012 and has been capturing the hearts of opera audiences around the world. Based on events from World War I, Silent Night depicts a spontaneous cease-fire between French, Scottish and German soldiers on Christmas Eve, 1914. Sung in the multiple languages of its characters. This production is derived from the 2005 French film, Joyeux, Noel.
Mar 11–12, 2017, Macomb Center for The Performing Arts
Based on Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel.
“A masterly and often poetic distillation… [Little Women] does everything an opera should do. Not least, it leaves an audience moved.” —Allan Kozinn, The New York Times
We chose this intimate work to spotlight the emerging talent of the MOT Studio Artists in the state-of-the-art, yet personal, Macomb Center for the Performing Arts.
THE GIRL OF THE GOLDEN WEST
Apr 1–9, 2017, Detroit Opera House
Puccini’s opera, set in the American West during the Gold Rush, brings to life the story of Minnie, a gun-toting, saloon-owning Sunday school teacher. All the cowboys want to marry Minnie. With a high-stakes poker game and the most romantic serenades from a bandit-turned-lover you’ll ever hear, The Girl of the Golden West is an opera worth going all-in for.
May 13–21, 2017, Detroit Opera House
Cyrano is skilled in both sword and pen but his enormous nose leaves him a swashbuckling lonely heart. Despite his devotion to Roxane—or because of it—Cyrano guides a handsome rival to win her love. From the balcony scene to the battlefield to the convent, the spiritual triumphs over the corporeal and Cyrano, like Don Quixote and Don Juan, endures among the world’s literary characters. Cyrano is David DiChiera’s masterwork.
OPERA FIVE Five-operas, includes Little Women at Macomb Center
OPERA FOUR Four operas at the Detroit Opera House
OPERA DANCE NINE All nine performances; five operas and four dances.
16 | 17 DANCE SERIES
Mark Morris Dance Group
LAYLA AND MAJNUN
Oct 13–15, 2016, Power Center, Ann Arbor
This evening-length work, which will have its world premiere in September 2016, features the dancers of the Mark Morris Dance Group alongside musicians from the Silk Road Ensemble. Layla and Majnun is a classic love story most notably expressed by the great Persian poet Nizami Ganjavi.
Co-presented by UMS and MOT in Ann Arbor
Eisenhower Dance with State Street Ballet
Mar 4, 2017, Detroit Opera House
Detroit’s Eisenhower Dance and State Street Ballet bring classical and contemporary styles together to create Common Ground, a stunningly original piece. Visionary choreographer Edgar Zendejas was inspired by Max Richter’s re-composition of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, and built Common Ground around it.
Royal Winnipeg Ballet
A CINDERELLA STORY
Mar 18–19, 2017, Detroit Opera House
Set in the 1950s, A Cinderella Story adds a retro spin to everyone’s favorite rags-to-riches princess, complete with vintage-couture inspired costumes. Val Caniparoli’s electric choreography and Richard Rodgers’s jazzy music breathes new life into an age-old fairy tale.
American Dance Theater
Apr 21–23, 2017, Detroit Opera House
Beloved by Detroit audiences, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater brings four performances of its expansive repertory and masterful artistry to the Detroit Opera House.
Four dance performances, includes Mark Morris Dance Group at the Power Center in Ann Arbor
Three dance performances – all at the Detroit Opera House
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16 | 17 SPECIAL EVENTS
BalletMet Columbus and Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra
Nov 25-27, 2016, Detroit Opera House
Detroit’s original holiday tradition features a talented cast of more than 100 dancers and larger-than-life characters and is narrated by Sir Roger Moore.
Family Matinees include live reindeer, Santa, the Sugar Plum Parade, and more.
Coproduced by Rackham Choir
TOO HOT TO HANDEL
Sat Dec 10, 2016, Detroit Opera House
The Opera House will pulse with music and the true spirit of the holidays as more than 80 musicians fill the stage and share a soul-stirring experience.
Featuring Rackham Choir, soloists, and the Too Hot Orchestra conducted by Suzanne Acton.
Presented by UMS
Jan 7-8, 2017, Power Center in Ann Arbor
Featuring Ohad Naharin’s Last Work, which premiered in 2015 and is performed by 18 dancers from Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company..
Michigan Opera Theatre Children’s Chorus
Sat, April 29, 2017, 2:30PM
A fast-paced adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s classic novel that tells the story of an unassuming homebody who is led on a grand and unexpected adventure in search of a dragon’s treasure.
MOT’s 2016-17 Season Celebrates the DiChiera Legacy
Over the past 45 years, the artistic landscape of Detroit has been significantly shaped by the influence of David DiChiera, Founder and Artistic Director of Michigan Opera Theatre. He has provided a vast array of opera productions and dance presentations, spanning traditional masterworks as well as works of our time. The 2016-17 season reflects our founder’s long-standing creative vision as he culminates his career with Michigan Opera Theatre. Join us in “Celebrating the DiChiera Legacy”!
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