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Teacher Appreciation Week

As Teacher Appreciation Week comes to a close, we want to spotlight two of MOT’s incredible teaching artists, Mary Martin and Indigo Colbert! Both are headed into their third summers as leaders of MOT’s Operetta Remix program, and we can’t wait to see the great things in store for their students this July. To Mary …

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Michigan Opera Theatre moves Cavalleria rusticana performance to June 12, 2021

DETROIT, April 29, 2021 – Michigan Opera Theatre leadership has postponed the first performance of the 2021-22 season to allow for more favorable weather conditions, and announces the production’s international cast. A concert version of Cavalleria rusticana was set to be performed at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre on May 15, but MOT officials have postponed the …

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International Dance Day 2021

Created by the Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute, the main partner for the performing arts of UNESCO, International Dance Day is a global celebration of dance that takes place every year on 29 April – the anniversary of the birth of Jean-Georges Noverre, the creator of modern ballet. Most every dance season presented …

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Detroit Opera House Opening/MOT at 50 Recollections!

With the 25th Anniversary of the opening of the Detroit Opera House, and the 50th Anniversary of the founding of Michigan Opera Theatre both celebrated this week, the MOT Family has been filled with nostalgia looking back on the unique history of this important company. As we recall brilliant pages from MOT’s History, we have …

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Michigan Opera Theatre awarded $750,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant

In recognition of Michigan Opera Theatre’s (MOT) unique cultural and educational value to Detroit, and of the role that the humanities play in the fabric of the community, the National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded a $750,000 Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grant to MOT in order to improve and modernize the Detroit Opera …

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Happy 25th Birthday Detroit Opera House!

On April 21, 1996 the Detroit Opera House opened, and was referred to as a “Motown Miracle”.  The building was originally constructed as a 1922 movie palace by architect C. Howard Crane, but had fallen into a dilapidated state over the next 7 decades.  It would take MOT Founder and Visionary David DiChiera, The MOT …

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Detroit Opera House: Before and After

Located on the corners of Broadway Street and Madison Street, the building now known as the Detroit Opera House first opened in 1922 as the Capitol Theatre. Designed by renowned Detroit architect C. Howard Crane, the theatre was, at the time of its gala premiere, the fifth largest in the world, and had been constructed …

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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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Recalling MOT’s Conductor Tania León

This March, we as a nation continue to recognize and applaud the contributions of women to events in history. Conductor Tania León made Michigan Opera Theatre history nearly 40 years ago, when she became the first woman to conduct a main-stage production for the company. Her debut occurred November 12th 1982 in Scott Joplin’s opera Treemonisha. Born in Havana, …

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