17 | 18 OPERA SERIES
October 14–22, 2017
A classic tale of revenge, treachery, and sacrifice. This production is updated to 1950s Little Italy, New York, and centers around a mafia boss whose womanizing ways leads to vengeance and tragedy when he seduces the daughter of his bartender, Rigoletto. One of Verdi’s operatic masterpieces.
THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
November 11–19, 2017
Regarded by many as the greatest opera of all time, this tale of deception is a romantic comedy accompanied by some of the most beautiful and familiar music ever written. Mozart’s beloved comedy takes audiences on a hilarious adventure as Figaro and Susanna overcome plotting and jealousy to make it to their wedding day. A winning combination of music and mischief.
Ricky Ian Gordon
March 10, 2018, Macomb Center for The Performing Arts
Travel back in time to the inspired gatherings at 27 rue de Fleurus in Paris, where American expatriates author 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.
April 7–15, 2018
Lust, betrayal, murder – nothing says drama quite like Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca, one of the most popular operas of all time. Amid an unstable 1800s’ Italy, fiery diva Tosca fights to save her rebellious lover from an evil police chief. An all-new MOT co-production.
THE SUMMER KING
May 12–20, 2018
Before there was Jackie Robinson, before there was Hank Aaron, there was Josh Gibson, a Negro Leagues baseball legend, one of the greatest baseball players of all time, who died without the opportunity to play for the Major Leagues. This groundbreaking new work follows Gibson’s journey to overcome prejudice and discrimination.
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17 | 18 DANCE SERIES
Oct 28-29, 2017
Recognized as one of the nation’s leading Latino dance organizations, Ballet Hispánico brings an all-Latina choreographer program with works by Michelle Manzanales, Tania Pérez-Salas and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. The program will explore iconic Mexican symbols, the circularity of the human condition and the hallmark passion of flamenco dance.
American Ballet Theatre
ROMEO & JULIET
February 8-11, 2018
American Ballet Theatre returns to the Detroit Opera House with one of their signature performances, “Romeo & Juliet.” The Shakespeare tragedy of star-crossed lovers is brought to life in this rich and sensual interpretation by Kenneth MacMillan. Sergei Prokofiev’s instantly recognizable music underscores the lyric beauty and passion of this beloved ballet. Misty Copeland is scheduled to perform the role of Juliet in two of the four performances. Presented in partnership with the University Musical Society.
DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM
March 24-25, 2018
“One of ballet’s most exciting undertakings”
– The New York Times.
Dance Theatre of Harlem has achieved unprecedented success. Using the language of ballet, they celebrate African American culture and bring new life to the art form. Audiences have come to love their thrilling performances that empower and inspire.
PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY
April 21-22, 2018
Celebrating more than a half a century of work, Paul Taylor Dance Company brings a repertoire of American Modern Dance. With 143 dances made since 1954, the Company has been a pioneer in its field, offering cogent observations on life’s complexities and society’s toughest issues through dance.
Detroit Opera House Ticket Office
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17 | 18 SPECIAL EVENTS
AN EVENING WITH KATHLEEN BATTLE
Nov 5, 2017, Detroit Opera House
Since making her professional opera debut with MOT in 1975, Kathleen Battle has soared to classical music heights, winning five Grammys and worldwide acclaim. This legendary soprano continues to hold audiences spell-bound with her luminous voice that is “…without question, one of the very few most beautiful in the world”
–The Washington Post
November 25-26, 2017
Don’t miss the Detroit premiere of the Cincinnati Ballet’s original yet tradition-honoring production of The Nutcracker. Elaborate scenery, whimsical stage effects, awe-inspiring acrobatics fill the ballet “with a sense of humor, love and wonder that pulls the affair together.” – The Washington Post. Featuring the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra, this is Detroit’s only live Nutcracker – the way Tchaikovsky intended!
Gian Carlo Menotti
AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS
December 9, 2017, Most Holy Redeemer Parish, Detroit
Three kings, on their way to Bethlehem, stop for a night at the home of a crippled beggar boy. Amahl is full of fibs and optimism, his mother is impoverished and desperate, and the kings are laden with gold. But it’s not the gold that fills this favorite Christmas opera with forgiveness and hope. Performed by Michigan Opera Theatre with the MOT Orchestra!
Coproduced by Rackham Choir
TOO HOT TO HANDEL
December 16, 2017, Detroit Opera House
A holiday tradition too hot to miss! This soul-stirring, toe-tapping rendition of Handel’s Messiah never fails to bring audiences to their feet. It’s an exhilarating fusion of gospel, jazz and classical music performed by the Rackham Symphony Choir, the Too Hot Orchestra and an all-star cast of soloists. This is a celebration unlike any other.
Gilbert & Sullivan
April 28, 2018, Detroit Opera House
Michigan Opera Theatre Children’s Chorus presents Gilbert & Sullivan’s first smash hit full of their notorious satire and legendary tunesmithing. The Captain’s daughter is in love with a common sailor, but alas, betrothed to the First Lord of the Admiralty. Happily for them, “things are seldom what they seem.”
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