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Reviews: Alessandra Ferri

Jennifer Adair – Clarkston This was an amazing performance! Alessandra and all of the other dancers were absolutely stunning! Pleasant mix of traditional Ballet Variations and Contemporary Ballet, it was a joy to watch.   Dan – Rochester Hills Modern and classic dance are both exciting and vibrant art forms. The flow and movement of the human …

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Inside Candide: Voltaire’s Attack on Optimism

Voltaire’s comedic work Candide has been a long-time favorite for opera and musical theater fans alike. Composed by Leonard Bernstein, whose centenary was marked in August, the music straddles the line between the two genres. Like his other works including West Side Story and On the Town, the music is bright and upbeat, though in …

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Profiles from the Pit: Sally Heffelfinger Pituch – Oboist, English Horn

Michigan Opera Theatre Oboist and English Horn Sally Heffelfinger Pituch can thank opera for her career path. The Vassar, Michigan native began her musical career playing bassoon as a child but decided to switch to oboe after seeing a performance of Amahl and the Night Visitors in sixth grade.“Amahl plays a wooden flute at beginning …

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MOT awarded $4 Million for Education, Outreach, Facility

Michigan Opera Theatre Announces $4 Million Grant for Community Outreach, Educational Programming and Facility Improvements Michigan Opera Theatre (MOT) has been awarded a $4 million grant from the William Davidson Foundation. The landmark gift to the company’s comprehensive campaign is designated to support continued artistic excellence, community and educational outreach, and an enhanced patron experience through …

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Alessandra Ferri: A Prima Ballerina Assoluta Defined

At 55, Italian dancer Alessandra Ferri has enjoyed a ballet career longer than most. The renowned ballerina has performed with the world’s most prestigious companies including the Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and La Scala Theatre Ballet, as well as with the best choreographers and dancers in the industry. “Ballet is not my job, it’s …

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2018 Year in Review and a Look at What’s Ahead

Two thousand eighteen has been a monumental year for Michigan Opera Theatre. Most notably, it is the year in which we said goodbye to our beloved founder, David DiChiera. David’s vision continues to serve as our inspiration as we build upon his extraordinary legacy. Governance: Earlier in the year, R. Jamison (Rick) Williams, Chairman of …

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This holiday season, give the gift of theater!

‘Tis the season of giving, and Michigan Opera Theatre has a variety of gift options to surprise and delight all the theater-lovers in your life! A perennial favorite, theater tickets offer a specific experience for your loved ones to look forward to and are experiences that can be shared. Alessandra Ferri: Art of the Pas de …

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MOT Debuts Christmas Opera – Amahl and the Night Visitors!

This holiday season, we are proud to debut a new production of Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, a Christmas opera that presents a special take on the Nativity story. Additionally, MOT will present the opera directly to the community with performances Dec. 9 at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial and Dec. 22 at …

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Giving Tuesday: Bring Students to the Detroit Opera House!

Every year Michigan Opera Theatre brings thousands of children to attend a performance at the Detroit Opera House with discounted tickets to a production’s final dress rehearsal. This year, MOT aims to increase that number through a special drive on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 27. The opportunity allows students to attend the performance during the school …

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