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Reviews: Bliss

Learn more about the production here. Have time to take a quick 1-min survey? Click Here!   Rachel Hoh This was my first time experiencing opera live and it was nothing short of life changing. When I first entered the performance space, I cried! The majesty of the Michigan Theater combined with the sheer willpower …

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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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Reviews: Cavalleria rusticana: In Concert

Learn more about the production here. Photos by: Mitty Carter Josephine McDonald, Auburn Hills Glorious voices. Magnificent Orchestra. Great conductor. Outstanding chorus. Thank you everyone who is associated with The Michigan Opera. Unless I missed something, it’s unfortunate there was no review of Cavalleria Rusticana at Meadowbrook in Detroit’s major newspapers. However, there was an …

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Michael Ching & MOT: One Year Later

  Michigan Opera Theatre is thrilled to return to live opera, with its performance of Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre on June 12th.  We thought we’d look back 15 months to our last staged in-door opera in March of 2020,  a double-bill of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Buoso’s Ghost by American composer Michael …

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Love, Secrets and Plots Revealed

April is National Letter Writing Month. Though Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and email are the popular ways to communicate today, opera  often goes “Old School” with the ancient relic of the Handwritten Letter. Here are a few examples Opera revels Love, Secrets and Plots in these famed Letter Scenes. Eugene Onegin – Tchaikovsky   Tatyana falls …

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