Opera Archives - Michigan Opera Theatre

Encore: ” ‘Grapes of Wrath’ is powerful and wrenching”

DETROIT, Mich.–Some novels that are 80+ years or so old and get taught in high school English classes can seem tired and even out of date. But what, in fact, makes them worth reading and teaching year in and year out, is their endurance standing up to the truth decade after decade.

Reviews: The Grapes of Wrath

More about this production. Jebl – Huntington Woods Aching with the reality and power of this sorrowful American story. I was positively exhausted and drained with the final notes. I love Opera, was raised on it from childhood beside my Father’s radio. Now, almost 80, I am amazed by the innovative magic of an old story …

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‘Hansel and Gretel’ is “mesmerizing” at MOT

Adults in the opening-night audience gasped, laughed and applauded as this magnificent creation vamped across the stage and even managed a burlesque-type shimmy as she cast one of her horrible spells.

Reviews: Hansel & Gretel

More about this production. Christina – Detroit Awesome!!! I enjoyed the performance from the beginning to end. I was extremely impressed with the puppeteers and how they coordinated the scenery changes. The singing was outstanding from the children to the adults. I look forward to more performances at MOT.   Ann – Ferndale Charming and …

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John Dorsey – Principal Percussion

Working with Michigan Opera Theatre has been a long-term family affair for John Dorsey, Principal Percussion with the MOT Orchestra. John began performing with the orchestra in 1982. His wife, Dee, followed in his MOT footsteps in 1986, working in the company’s production office, then as a stage manager and now as a supertitle writer …

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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: Candide

More about the production. Donald R Thank you for yesterday’s extraordinary performance of Candide at The Berman. Orchestra, principals, chorus, staging, a wonderful experience. And despite what some of the audience said, NOT LONG ENOUGH. I can listen to the music and voices all day long. The perfect tribute to Mr. Bernstein.   Julie – Aronica …

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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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