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Michigan Opera Theatre Receives $225,000 in Federal Grants

Michigan Opera Theatre has received $225,000 in federal grants in recent weeks. In June, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarded MOT $175,000 to support its MOT at Home digital programming campaign. This month, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) awarded MOT $50,000 to support artists costs during this period of closing due …

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Michigan Opera Theatre Summer Program to Feature Guest Artists from “Hamilton”!

Michigan Opera Theatre is thrilled to announce that its summer teen theater program Operetta “Remix” will feature guest artists from the hit Broadway show, Hamilton! Jonathan Christopher and Nikisha Williams perform in the ensemble of the show’s national tour, with Christopher understudying the roles of Aaron Burr and George Washington and Williams understudying for Eliza, …

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Michigan Opera Theatre’s New Season to Feature Non-Traditional Performances

As we continue to follow social distancing guidelines, Michigan Opera Theatre is excited to announce that our upcoming season will feature a series of non-traditional performances! The season will be a temporary departure from our traditional format of presenting Grand Opera and large-cast dance productions, with new features including: Alternate performance locations including outdoor settings …

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Creole Giselle: Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Ballet in the Bayou

Dance Theatre of Harlem is streaming its 1984 performance of Creole Giselle until midnight, June 19 as part of their “DTH on Demand.” Learn about this unique production below! Dance Theatre of Harlem founder Arthur Mitchell was a trailblazer and a man with a mission. He made it his life’s work to break barriers. He was the first African …

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Meet the Experts: Arthur White

Meet our experts! MOT Director of External Affairs Arthur White has been sharing his knowledge and opera expertise with MOT patrons for years, including providing regular preview talks ahead of the Metropolitan Opera’s Nightly Opera Stream. Learn more about him below! Arthur has worked in multiple aspects of opera as a singer, manager and community …

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Meet the Experts: Austin Stewart

Meet our experts! MOT consultant and former Audience Engagement Coordinator Austin Stewart has been sharing his knowledge and opera expertise with MOT patrons for years, including providing regular preview talks ahead of the Metropolitan Opera’s Nightly Opera Stream. Learn more about him below! Austin Stewart currently serves as Director of Operations for Chorus pro Musica in …

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Lar Lubovitch: From Ballet to Broadway to Figure Skating – A Look at One of America’s Most Versatile Choreographers

When it comes to choreographers who have crossed genres with dance, perhaps none is more versatile than Lar Lubovitch. With a prolific career that spans over 60 years, Lubovitch has choreographed for a diverse range of art forms, working with top artists such as dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, film director Robert Altman, Broadway stage director Stephen Sondheim, actor Neve Campbell and Olympic ice skating gold medalist John Curry.    It was in college, as an art student and gymnast, that Lubovitch was approached by a …

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Michigan Opera Theatre Donates Masks to Healthcare Workers

Stitchers from Michigan Opera Theatre’s Costume Department are giving back to the community by sewing protective masks for healthcare workers. They began making the masks the second week of April and, to date, have sewed more than 600 masks, which have been donated to hospitals, nursing homes, VA hospitals and places of need.   The five-sewer team includes Maureen Abele, Margaret Bronder, Emily Christenson, Susan Fox, and Mary Ellen Shuffett directed by …

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Winners Announced for the Opera Photo Re-creation Contest!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our opera photo recreation contest! We enjoyed seeing your submissions and hope you also had fun in the process. After much deliberation we have chosen our top three entries: All Entries

American Dance Machine: A Celebration of Broadway Dance

Early in my arts management career, I had the privilege of working with Lee Theodore’s The American Dance Machine, a theatre dance company. Theodore was a protégé of Jerome Robbins. She originated the role of “Anybodys,” the female tomboy character who wanted to belong to the Jets gang in West Side Story on Broadway. Conceived, choreographed and directed by Robbins, West Side Story set a new standard on Broadway for placing dance front and center.  Prior to the advent …

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