News Archives - Michigan Opera Theatre

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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Detroit Opera House Gets New Seat and Stage Deck!

Thanks to a gift from long-time supporters Floy and Lee Barthel, MOT has acquired a new 9,100-square foot seat and stage deck! The deck was previously rented for special events, including BravoBravo!, and will now be a more common fixture in the Detroit Opera House. It creates a floor that covers the theater’s main-level seating …

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Michigan Opera Theatre Receives $225,000 in Federal Grants

Michigan Opera Theatre has received $225,000 in federal grants in recent weeks. In June, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarded MOT $175,000 to support its MOT at Home digital programming campaign. This month, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) awarded MOT $50,000 to support artists costs during this period of closing due …

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Michigan Opera Theatre’s New Season to Feature Non-Traditional Performances

As we continue to follow social distancing guidelines, Michigan Opera Theatre is excited to announce that our upcoming season will feature a series of non-traditional performances! The season will be a temporary departure from our traditional format of presenting Grand Opera and large-cast dance productions, with new features including: Alternate performance locations including outdoor settings …

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Meet the Experts: Arthur White

Meet our experts! MOT Director of External Affairs Arthur White has been sharing his knowledge and opera expertise with MOT patrons for years, including providing regular preview talks ahead of the Metropolitan Opera’s Nightly Opera Stream. Learn more about him below! Arthur has worked in multiple aspects of opera as a singer, manager and community …

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Meet the Experts: Austin Stewart

Meet our experts! MOT consultant and former Audience Engagement Coordinator Austin Stewart has been sharing his knowledge and opera expertise with MOT patrons for years, including providing regular preview talks ahead of the Metropolitan Opera’s Nightly Opera Stream. Learn more about him below! Austin Stewart currently serves as Director of Operations for Chorus pro Musica in …

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Michigan Opera Theatre Donates Masks to Healthcare Workers

Stitchers from Michigan Opera Theatre’s Costume Department are giving back to the community by sewing protective masks for healthcare workers. They began making the masks the second week of April and, to date, have sewed more than 600 masks, which have been donated to hospitals, nursing homes, VA hospitals and places of need. The five-sewer team includes Maureen Abele, Margaret Bronder, Emily Christenson, Susan Fox, …

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