Opera Archives - Michigan Opera Theatre

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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MOT Debuts Christmas Opera – Amahl and the Night Visitors!

This holiday season, we are proud to debut a new production of Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, a Christmas opera that presents a special take on the Nativity story. Additionally, MOT will present the opera directly to the community with performances Dec. 9 at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial and Dec. 22 at …

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Reviews: The Barber of Seville

David Kiley – Encore Michigan MOT’s ‘Barber of Seville’ sparkles and soars.   Michael Paschke – Detroit Spectacular performance!! Must see!   Beth Ann – Royal Oak Spectacular. The voices and orchestra were terrific as always, the sets were clever and charming but the acting and choreography were off the hook. I don’t know that I have …

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Michigan Opera Theatre Celebrates National Opera Week!

This week is National Opera Week, and we are thrilled to celebrate our beloved art form and its positive impact on our community! Since 1971, MOT has been bringing some of the world’s best artists to perform for our Detroit audiences, including greats like Luciano Pavarotti, Kathleen Battle, Andrea Bocelli, Denyce Graves and, most recently, …

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Patrons Review Eugene Onegin

Shirley – TroyBravo, MOT! What a great tribute to Dr. D! This was one of the best operas I have seen at MOT. All the performers were top notch. Corinne was such a pleasure to hear; such a sweet, pure voice. And the gentleman who played Lensky was fabulous. I would like to come back to …

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A Look at the Literary Masterworks of MOT’s Opera Series

At its heart, opera is storytelling, bringing characters to life through live performance, grand sets and, of course, beautiful music. This season Michigan Opera Theatre is featuring operas based on some of the greatest literature of all time with a series that includes Alexander Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin, Voltaire’s Candide and John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of …

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MOT’s ‘Page to Stage’ Program Brings Opera Stories to Life

Calling all opera-lovers, bookworms, and adventurers! Michigan Opera Theatre is excited to announce its Page to Stage program, a year-long initiative exploring and celebrating the masterworks of literature that inspired its 2018-19 opera series: Alexander Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin, Pierre Beaumarchais’s The Barber of Seville, Voltaire’s Candide, Grimm’s fairytale Hansel and Gretel and John Steinbeck’s The Grapes …

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