News Archives - Michigan Opera Theatre

Michigan Opera Theatre moves Cavalleria rusticana performance to June 12, 2021

DETROIT, April 29, 2021 – Michigan Opera Theatre leadership has postponed the first performance of the 2021-22 season to allow for more favorable weather conditions, and announces the production’s international cast. A concert version of Cavalleria rusticana was set to be performed at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre on May 15, but MOT officials have postponed the …

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Detroit Opera House Opening/MOT at 50 Recollections!

With the 25th Anniversary of the opening of the Detroit Opera House, and the 50th Anniversary of the founding of Michigan Opera Theatre both celebrated this week, the MOT Family has been filled with nostalgia looking back on the unique history of this important company. As we recall brilliant pages from MOT’s History, we have …

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Michigan Opera Theatre awarded $750,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant

In recognition of Michigan Opera Theatre’s (MOT) unique cultural and educational value to Detroit, and of the role that the humanities play in the fabric of the community, the National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded a $750,000 Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grant to MOT in order to improve and modernize the Detroit Opera …

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Happy 25th Birthday Detroit Opera House!

On April 21, 1996 the Detroit Opera House opened, and was referred to as a “Motown Miracle”.  The building was originally constructed as a 1922 movie palace by architect C. Howard Crane, but had fallen into a dilapidated state over the next 7 decades.  It would take MOT Founder and Visionary David DiChiera, The MOT …

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Detroit Opera House: Before and After

Located on the corners of Broadway Street and Madison Street, the building now known as the Detroit Opera House first opened in 1922 as the Capitol Theatre. Designed by renowned Detroit architect C. Howard Crane, the theatre was, at the time of its gala premiere, the fifth largest in the world, and had been constructed …

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Michigan Opera Theatre Announces 2021-22 Season

Michigan Opera Theatre (MOT) is pleased to announce its 2021-22 season, under the artistic leadership of Yuval Sharon. This marks Sharon’s first full season since being named the inaugural Gary L. Wasserman Artistic Director in September, a five-year appointment made possible by a generous gift from MOT Board member Gary L. Wasserman. MOT’s 2021-22 season is a statement of principles of …

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MOT Names Three Directors Emeriti at Annual Meeting

Michigan Opera Theatre recognized three long-term board members who are transitioning to Directors Emeriti at its 2019-20 Annual Meeting Nov. 19. Barbara Frankel, Maggie Allesee and Herman Frankel have retired from the Board after decades of service and support of MOT, which has included leading campaigns and donating rooms and resources to the Opera House, …

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Support MOT with Your Holiday Shopping

December is a month of giving, and as you do your holiday shopping, consider supporting MOT. Through beautiful Detroit Opera House-themed gifts, AmazonSmile contributions or donating on someone’s behalf, there are lots of ways to celebrate the holidays with MOT: Detroit Opera House-themed gifts with Well Done Goods Give your loved ones unique, locally-made gifts …

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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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