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Reviews: Bliss

Learn more about the production here. Karen If you like architecture, music and drama, there is no better place today than Detroit. The #DetroitBLISS performance inside the 1926 Michigan Theatre movie palace turned parking garage was beautiful, emotional and unforgettable.   Harrell Scarcello The ethereal beauty of the final scene of the Marriage of Figaro. …

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In Conversation: Ragnar Kjartansson and Yuval Sharon

Michigan Opera Theatre’s Artistic Director Yuval Sharon and Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson have never met but have talked online numerous times. This time, Yuval is at the Detroit Opera House, and Ragnar is at home in Iceland, where Yuval meets his children. One is three years old and “ridiculously sweet” and another is eleven, an …

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Anthony Davis’s X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X to have its Metropolitan Opera premiere

“As a composer, I am thrilled to help create X as an opera for today that speaks to the future as well as the past.” — Anthony Davis The upcoming Michigan Opera Theatre production of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Anthony Davis’s X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X directed by Robert O’Hara and conducted by Kazem Abdullah will premiere at The Metropolitan Opera …

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Reviews: Blue

Learn more about the production here. Gale A Phelps, Ocqueoc My daughter and I saw Blue together on Sunday, 9/12. We enjoyed it but, we couldn’t understand most of the singers, especially the females. With no subtitles, it was hit or miss. We both feel that if we had had the words, it would have …

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MOT commissions Detroit muralist Sheefy McFly for art piece inspired by Blue

In addition to MOT’s efforts to facilitate conversations surrounding Blue, Detroit visual artist Sheefy McFly has also been commissioned to create an original piece incorporating the themes of the opera. “Once I heard the description of BLUE, I had so many emotions evoked that I wanted to illustrate. Even though the color palette is calming, I …

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On Blue by Lee Bynum

Classical music has enjoyed a unique place in American society, by turns vaunted and disparaged, analyzed and disregarded, embraced and disavowed.  Despite how mixed our feelings have been about the medium, one thing has been crystalline about the artform in the United States: it seldom has been used as an instrument for social change.  We …

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National Friendship Day 2021

Today is National Friendship Day, so we thought we would highlight a duet reflecting true friendship. Georges Bizet is best remembered for his opera Carmen in 1875, but 12 years earlier at the age of 25 he composed  his first important opera The Pearl Fishers /Les pêcheurs de perles, an opera in three acts which …

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Opera in the Park 2021

Michigan Opera Theatre in partnership with Detroit Parks & Recreation presents Opera In The Park. Enjoy a free one-hour performance from members of our MOT Studio and MOT Touring Ensemble, including an accessible mix of favorites from Opera, Broadway and the American Songbook! Check the schedule on the right to learn more! In Partnership with

Former Students on Karen VanderKloot DiChiera

As MOT salutes Karen VanderKloot DiChiera on her 80th birthday, we recognize the thousands of people whose lives have been impacted by her work- including those who have offered their own stories!     Bernard Holcomb Acclaimed Tenor / Former Student Happy Birthday, Karen! From Bernard Holcomb from Michigan Opera Theatre on Vimeo. Being Karen …

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Karen V. DiChiera: Composer

In addition to her work as an arts educator, administrator, and stage director, Karen VanderKloot DiChiera is also an accomplished composer, a role that she seemed destined to fill from a very early age. Karen often recounts her childhood interest in the arts and her time spent at her family’s piano, putting together simple melodies. …

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