Overview

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One of the most beloved and celebrated singers of our time, soprano Renée Fleming captivates audiences with her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry, and compelling stage presence. Direct from her acclaimed performance on Broadway in Carousel, she teams up with the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra, conducted by MOT Principal Conductor Stephen Lord for an unforgettable gala concert.

The evening will include a special appearance by Victoria Jaiani and Dylan Gutierrez of Chicago’s renowned Joffrey Ballet performing a pas de deux from Swan Lake.


OPENING NIGHT GALA CELEBRATING OPERA AND DANCE

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Program

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Overture from Le Nozze di Figaro
George Frideric Handel: “Bel Piacere” from Agrippina
George Frideric Handel: “Ritorna, oh caro e dolce mio Tesoro” from Rodelinda
Vincenzo Bellini: Overture from Norma
Leoncavallo: “Mattinata”
Vincenzo Bellini: “Casta Diva” from Norma
Johann Strauss (ii): Overture from Die Fledermaus
Richard Georg Strauss: “Da geht er hin” from Der Rosenkavalier
Richard Georg Strauss: “Zueignung”
Jules Massenet: “Méditation” from Thaïs
Pyotr Tchaikovsky: “White Swan Variation” pas de deux from Swan Lake, performed by Victoria Jaiani and Dylan Gutierrez of the Joffrey Ballet
Licinio Refice: “Ombra di Nube” from the upcoming film Bel Canto
Friedrich Von Flotow: “‘Tis the last rose of Summer” from Martha, featured in the film Three Billboards outside Ebbings, Missouri
Harry Warren (arranged by Alexandre Desplat): “You’ll Never Know,” featured in the film The Shape of Water
Frederick Loewe (Johnny Green arrangement): Overture from My Fair Lady
Adam Guettel: “Fable” from The Light in the Piazza
John Kander: “Love and Love Alone/Winter” from The Visit
Sting: “August Winds” from The Last Ship
Stephen Sondheim: “The Glamorous Life” from A Little Night Music

Artists

Renée Fleming

Renée Fleming is one of the most acclaimed singers of our time. In 2013, President Obama awarded her America’s highest honor for an artist, the National Medal of Arts. In 2014, she became the first classical artist ever to sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl. Winner of four Grammy awards, Renée has sung for momentous occasions from the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to the Diamond Jubilee Concert for Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. Renée earned a Tony Award nomination for her performance in the 2018 Broadway production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel. Her recent tour schedule has included concerts in New York, London, Vienna, Paris, Madrid, Tokyo, and Beijing. She is heard on the soundtracks of the Best Picture Oscar winner The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and she will soon be heard as the singing voice of Roxane, played by Julianne Moore, in the film of the best-selling novel Bel Canto. As Artistic Advisor to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, she spearheads a collaboration with the National Institutes of Health focused on music, health, and neuroscience. Renée’s most recent album, Distant Light, was released in 2017 by Decca. She has recorded everything from complete operas and song recitals to indie rock, jazz, and the soundtrack of The Lord of the Rings. Among Renée’s awards are the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, Germany’s Cross of the Order of Merit, Sweden’s Polar Music Prize, and France’s Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.

Renée Fleming

Victoria Jaiani

Victoria Jaiani joined The Joffrey Ballet in August 2003. Born and raised in Tbilisi Georgia, Victoria Jaiani began her training at the age of 10 at the Choreographic school of Georgia. Later she continued her studies at a ballet school in New York.

In June 2003, she won a bronze medal at the New York International Ballet Competition. Since joining The Joffrey, Ms. Jaiani roles include: and has also performed in Age of Innocence, Alegro Consabor, Apollo (Terpsichore), Arpino’s Birthday Variations, Ashton’s Cinderella (Cinderella), Creative Force, Dark Elegies, Giselle (Giselle), The Green Table, In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, In the Night, Kettentanz, Laurencia Pas d’Action, Light Rain, Monotones II, The Nutcracker, Pas Des Deesses (Grahn), Petrouchka, Postcards, Les Presages (Passion), Jiri Kylian’s Return to a Strange Land, John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet (Juliet), Round of Angels, Square Dance, Viva Vivaldi, and A Wedding Bouquet.

Ms. Jaiani was featured in world premiere of a new work by Donald Byrd, Motown Suite. Victoria Jaiani is married to Joffrey dancer, Temur Suluashvili.

Victoria Jaiani

Dylan Gutierrez

Mr. Gutierrez grew up in Van Nuys, California and received his training at the Los Angeles Ballet Academy under the direction of his mother Andrea-Paris Gutierrez. In 2006, he was awarded a full scholarship to train at The Royal Ballet School in London. With the guidance of Gailene Stock, Gary Norman, and Meelis Pakri, he was offered a job as an apprentice with the San Francisco Ballet where he danced ballets such as The Four Temperaments and West Side Story Suite.

Since joining The Joffrey Ballet, Mr. Gutierrez has danced many roles in the Joffrey’s extensive repertory. Favorite roles include Death in The Green Table, Basilio in Don Quixote, the title role in Othello, and the main pas de deux couple from Infra. In 2014, he performed his dream role as Prince Seigfried in Swan Lake.

Mr. Gutierrez, along with Ruben Harris, founded the Young and Cultured movement, and also enjoys composing music.

Dylan Gutierrez

Stephen Lord

Conductor

Stephen Lord joined Michigan Opera Theatre as Principal Conductor in November 2016, and he will lead the company’s artistic activities through the 2018-19 season. Opera News named Lord one of the “25 Most Powerful Names in U.S. Opera” (one of four conductors), and he is continually praised for conducting both traditional and contemporary operatic works.

For his debut with San Francisco Opera, conducting Rigoletto, one critic observed, “He partnered his singers perfectly and gave everything its proper weight – he was master of the score’s details and the orchestra played superbly for him.” He is currently music director emeritus for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and was formerly the music director of Boston Lyric Opera. In addition to this work in Saint Louis and Detroit, he has been a frequent guest conductor at the Canadian Opera Company, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, San Francisco Opera and the English National Opera, returning there for four consecutive seasons. An outstanding mentor and discoverer of young talent, he has been directly responsible for the initial work of Lawrence Brownlee, Russell Thomas, Morris Robinson, Susan Graham, Christine Goerke, Patricia Racette and literally scores more of today’s best singers.

Stephen Lord

Conductor

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