OperaHERE: 17|18 Season Preview

OperaHERE is Michigan Opera Theatre’s enrichment experience for adults, designed to make you think about opera in new and revealing ways. MOT’s resident musicologist and audience engagement coordinator Austin Stewart covers topics ranging from cultural and historical context surrounding opera, while also exploring current events through an operatic lens. Our summer 2017 OperaHERE program introduces new and experienced audiences to the 2017–2018 season at Michigan Opera Theatre. In a whirlwind 90-minute presentation, we will explore three great war horses of opera—Verdi’s Rigoletto, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, and Puccini’s Tosca—as well as two new works—Ricky Ian Gordon’s 27 on the life and times of Gertrude Stein in Paris, and a new production of The Summer King on the story of baseball legend Josh Gibson. Each session is illustrated with audio and visual examples and includes opportunities for question-and-answer and discussion.

Austin Stewart is audience engagement coordinator at Michigan Opera Theatre, and a Ph.D. candidate in historical musicology at the University of Michigan, with research interests in theaters, performers, and the enthusiasm for opera in the American Old West. Michigan Opera Theatre, the state of Michigan’s premier opera company, which, through its commitment to producing and presenting the very best professional productions of opera, dance, musical theater, and arts education programming, serves as a statewide cultural resource. The Department of Education and Community Programs has brought its varied education programs to every age group in Michigan for nearly 40 years, and continues to provide opportunities for access, growth, and learning through the arts.

Find one in your community!

All are free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Monday, July 31 | 7:00 PM
Bloomfield Township Public Library
1099 Lone Pine Rd, Bloomfield Twp.


Wednesday, August 2 | 6:00 PM
Anton Art Center
125 Macomb Pl, Mt Clemens, MI


Monday, August 14 | 6:30 PM
The Community House
380 S Bates St, Birmingham, MI


Thursday, August 17 | 7:00 PM
Ann Arbor District Library, Downtown / Multi-Purpose Room
343 S 5th Ave, Ann Arbor, M