A Look at What’s Ahead in 2018

2017 was an important year for Michigan Opera Theatre, a time of significant artistic achievement, the transition of our founder Dr. David DiChiera to an emeritus status, the first season under our Principal Conductor Stephen Lord, and remarkable support from our opera, dance and arts education contributors. We now look forward to 2018 with great excitement and anticipation of performances in the Detroit Opera House – David DiChiera Center for the Performing Arts, as well as throughout the community!

Our upcoming winter dance season (with support from the Lear Corporation) opens with the return of American Ballet Theatre for five performances of Romeo and Juliet Feb. 8-11. With our partners at the University Musical Society, we are delighted to present this incredible ballet company in a return visit to the Detroit Opera House – featuring a remarkable team of extraordinary dancers, including ballet star Misty Copeland! This will be followed by the return visit of the Dance Theatre of Harlem and the Paul Taylor Dance Company.

The winter opera season will begin with our community initiative featuring Ricky Ian Gordon’s 27. The opera, taking place at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, is based on a moment in time for Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein. The season then continues with Puccini’s Tosca, a true masterpiece of the opera repertoire. In this new co-production with Cincinnati Opera, we invite you to join us as we bring to life this classic tale of love and betrayal.

Our opera season finale features The Summer King, a contemporary opera by Daniel Sonenberg that tells the story of Negro League baseball legend Josh Gibson. The opera is a co-commission with Pittsburgh Opera and also marks the culmination of our year-long Take Me Out to the Opera initiative with the Detroit Tigers that celebrates through the opera lens, stories of African-American artists and athletes who paved the way for integration in arts and sports.

From our MOT family to yours, we wish you a truly Happy New Year!

Wayne S. Brown, President and CEO, Michigan Opera Theatre