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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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Profiles from the Pit: Jacqueline Hanson – Viola

Violist Jacqueline Hanson fell in love with opera as a child, when her violin teacher gave her a recording of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. When she joined the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra at the beginning of its 2018-19 season, she was thrilled her first opera orchestra job was to perform the work that started it all. …

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Three Ways to Enjoy Valentine’s Weekend with Malandain Ballet Biarritz

Malandain Ballet Biarritz comes to Detroit just in time for Valentine’s weekend! The French contemporary ballet company will make its Detroit Opera House debut Saturday, Feb. 15 with a sensual program performed to works by Vivaldi, Ravel and Chopin. Michigan Opera Theatre has partnered with area businesses to create three memorable experiences to make Malandain …

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French Ballet Company Makes Detroit Opera House Debut with Sensual Valentine’s Weekend Program

Hailing from southwestern France, contemporary ballet company Malandain Ballet Biarritz will make its Detroit Opera House debut Feb. 15. The company is known for their celebration of sensuality and humanity and will perform emotive works from classic composers Vivaldi, Chopin and Ravel, coinciding with Valentine’s weekend. “Malandain Ballet Biarritz represents one of the best contemporary …

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