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Support COVID-19 Relief for Michigan Opera Theatre

Like theaters across the globe, Michigan Opera Theatre has felt the tremendous impact of COVID-19 with the cancellation of most of our 2020 performances. Despite these challenges, members of our orchestra, studio, and renowned artists from across the country united as a team under the direction of newly-appointed Gary L. Wasserman Artistic Director Yuval Sharon to …

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Reviews: Twilight: Gods

Learn more about the production here. Mary Mazure Thank all involved! An astonishing afternoon. The joy of a live performance, and the delight of the depth of the production. So much to think about and discuss afterwards. A great debut for Mr. Sharon. I can hardly wait for his next work and the seasons ahead. …

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MOT Adds Oct. 21 Performance to Sold-out Twilight: Gods Opera

Following three sell-out performances, Michigan Opera Theatre has added an Oct. 21 production of its novel Twilight: Gods opera at the Detroit Opera House Parking Center. Tickets are $79 per car and go on sale at noon, Monday, Oct. 12th! Part live performance, part immersive installation, audiences remain in their cars to experience scenes from the final …

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Grane’s Transformation: Wagner’s Noble Horse Gets a Detroit Makeover

While a seemingly minor character, Wagner’s noble horse Grane has a big role to play in his Ring cycle. As the loyal steed of heroine Brünnhilde, Grane transports her throughout her journey, from battlefields to Valhalla, the dwelling of the gods, to Midgard (Earth) and beyond. When she must part with her lover Siegfried, she gifts him Grane as …

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Aureole: Exploring Paul Taylor’s Landmark Work

Paul Taylor, one of the most important choreographers of the 20th century, was prolific. He created 147 dances for the Paul Taylor Dance Company which was founded in 1954. In 1962, his 30th work, Aureole, marked a significant departure from his previous avant-garde aesthetic. Earlier works, such as 1957’s Duet, “danced” in stillness to a …

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Les Sylphides: The Origins of Abstract Ballet

With swans, snowflakes and ghosts, the ballet blanc or “white ballet” genre is known for its story ballets like Swan Lake, Giselle and La Bayadére. Considered a revival of the romantic ballets of the ballet blanc genre, Les Sylphides adds another credit to its name as the first “abstract” or plotless ballet. This one-act, ballet of “romantic reverie” consists of several “sylphs” (wood nyphs) dancing with a “poet” in the …

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