Blog - Michigan Opera Theatre

Hansel and Gretel: Puppets Amplify Fantasy of Classic Fairy Tale

It’s a tale as old as time. A young brother and sister are driven from their poverty-stricken family to fend for themselves in the woods, only to be nearly eaten by a witch who lives in a gingerbread house. In the opera, Hansel and Gretel presents the classic Grimm’s fairyt ale in Grand Opera style, …

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Reviews: Alvin Ailey

More about the performance. Shirley – Southfield The Alvin Ailey 2019 Detroit performance was wonderful. I have been attending their shows since 1980. Lazarus is a master piece, it’s very different from what I’m used to seeing the company perform here in Detroit, but I loved it. I felt the spirit of the dance that …

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Reviews: Candide

More about the production. Julie – Aronica One of the best performances we’ve ever seen!   Daniel – Rochester Excellent. Loads of talent —great voices.. interesting staging. Having Voltaire on stage was all the time was a smart decision. Better than Harold Prince’s version in 1973   David Arcangeli – Rochester The voices were melodic and beautiful! The …

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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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BRIAN JOHNSTON – VIOLINIST

While a student at the University of Michigan, Michigan Opera Theatre Violinist Bryan Johnston couldn’t decide if he wanted to study music or math. Now in his 18th season with MOT, his decision may be surprising: he chose math, a lot of math.“I finished my doctorate in math in the spring of 2000, and I …

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Michigan Opera Theatre Announces 2019-20 Season!

Michigan Opera Theatre is excited to announce its 2019-20 season, featuring long-absent works, company premieres and the return of American Ballet Theatre and the Joffrey Ballet! The season opens Oct. 12 with a gala concert featuring acclaimed American tenor Michael Fabiano and principal dancers from American Ballet Theatre. The opera line-up includes dark comedies Mozart’s …

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Alvin Ailey: A Cultural Icon Marks its 60th Anniversary

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, a favorite among local audiences, has been performing regularly at the Detroit Opera House since Michigan Opera Theatre’s second dance series in 1998. In addition to being their 12th visit to the Opera House, this season the company marks its 60th anniversary, celebrating a history of pushing boundaries, defining modern …

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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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