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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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Lar Lubovitch: From Ballet to Broadway to Figure Skating – A Look at One of America’s Most Versatile Choreographers

When it comes to choreographers who have crossed genres with dance, perhaps none is more versatile than Lar Lubovitch. With a prolific career that spans over 60 years, Lubovitch has choreographed for a diverse range of art forms, working with top artists such as dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, film director Robert Altman, Broadway stage director Stephen Sondheim, actor Neve Campbell and Olympic ice skating gold medalist John Curry.    It was in college, as an art student and gymnast, that Lubovitch was approached by a …

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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, and Mary Ellen Shuffett directed by …

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Winners Announced for the Opera Photo Re-creation Contest!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our opera photo recreation contest! We enjoyed seeing your submissions and hope you also had fun in the process. After much deliberation we have chosen our top three entries: All Entries

American Dance Machine: A Celebration of Broadway Dance

Early in my arts management career, I had the privilege of working with Lee Theodore’s The American Dance Machine, a theatre dance company. Theodore was a protégé of Jerome Robbins. She originated the role of “Anybodys,” the female tomboy character who wanted to belong to the Jets gang in West Side Story on Broadway. Conceived, choreographed and directed by Robbins, West Side Story set a new standard on Broadway for placing dance front and center.  Prior to the advent …

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Profiles from the Pit: Henrik Karapetyan – Violin

One might not expect a classical musician to be able to assemble and disassemble an AK-47 in under a minute. But Armenian-born violinist Henrik Karapetyan said this is one difference between the culture he was born into and the one he lives in now. “It was part of our high school education in a country …

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Social Distancing for Dance Lovers – How to Get Your Dance Fix

                      Social distancing means no live dance performances for a while, but that doesn’t mean the dancing has to stop! With online performances, digital classes, books and movies, MOT’s got you covered until we meet again! In lieu of being able to offer live performances, …

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MOT brings the show to you with “MOT at Home”!

During this time of social distancing, Michigan Opera Theatre is proud to announce “MOT at Home,” a digital campaign that will allow us to continue to provide opera and dance performances and education directly to you at home! “MOT at Home” will use its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram social media accounts to distribute programming, which …

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Spring Productions Canceled

Thank you for your patronage of Michigan Opera Theatre. Following the outbreak of COVID-19, MOT must cancel all remaining spring performances of Dance Theatre of Harlem, Champion, Swan Lake, The Very Last Green Thing, and Pagliacci. We understand this decision is disappointing to our audiences; however, the health and safety of our guests, artists, staff members, and …

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