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MOT at Home!

With online performances, discussions and activities, MOT at Home has your opera and dance needs covered.

MOT at Home uses Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to deliver new content every day, including:

       • OPERA & DANCE FIXES   |  Blogs, recordings, fun facts, etc. about opera and dance

       • STUDIO ARTIST PERFORMANCES  |   Remote performances from members of the MOT Studio

       • MET OPERA PREVIEW  |   Facebook Live opera talk given ahead of select performances of the Metropolitan Opera’s “Nightly Opera Stream”

       • PODCASTS   |  MOT staff and artists share their expertise on different aspects of opera and dance

       • INSTAGRAM 'TAKEOVERS'   |  MOT Studio Artists will perform, conduct interviews and give you a behind-the-scenes look at the life of an opera singer

       • MOT LEARNS AT HOME   | Lessons designed to guide students into the worlds of children's operas, while connecting to Science and English  

        *All of the ongoing content will also be available online on this page.

 

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"Stridono lassù", Pagliacci

Avery Boettcher and Michael Sherman

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Third Rhapsody after the Gershwin’s "Porgy and Bess"

MOT Orchestra Concertmaster Eliot Heaton and pianist Meg Cognetta Heaton.

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"Czardas" from Die Fledermaus

Alaina Brown and Michael Sherman

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"Una furtiva lagrima"

Edward Graves, Patricia Terry-Ross and Franciso Delgado

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"Somewhere Over the Rainbow"

Olivia Johnson, Michael Sherman

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Massenet's, "Méditation from Thaïs"

Enjoy Massenet's Méditation from Thaïs, performed by our concertmaster Eliot Heaton and his mother, Meg Cognetta Heaton.

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"Dein ist mein ganzes Herz"

Edward Graves, Michael Sherman

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Operatic dog duets perfectly with Pavarotti on ‘Nessun dorma’

You thought it was Pavarotti, but it was doggo.

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"Nessun Dorma"

Leszek Świdziński Nessun Dorma tribute to health workers

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"Joe Hill"

"Joe Hill" by Allen Michael Jones and Michael Sherman

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"Quel guardo, il cavaliere" from Donizetti's Don Pasquale

Avery Boettcher, Michael Sherman.

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"What a Wonderful World"

Featuring ALL of the 2019-20 Studio Artists!

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"Stars" from Les Misérables

Darren Drone, Michael Sherman

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"La vie en Rose"

Michigan Opera Theatre Studio Artist Avery Boettcher and Principal Coach Michael Sherman perform "La vie en Rose" with lyrics by Édith Piaf and a gorgeous melody by Louiguy and Marguerite Monnot.

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Kurt Weill's "Lonely House"

Edward Graves, Michael Sherman

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"A Horse with Wings"

MOT Studio Artist Katherine DeYoung and Principal Coach Michael Sherman perform "A Horse with Wings" composed by Ricky Ian Gordon.

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"Just Another Rhumba"

Allen Michael Jones, Michael Sherman

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Selections from Yuval's 25 favorite operas

100 Years of the 19th Amendment

Children's Favorites

Out of the Silence

Opera Meets Broadway

(Somewhat) Forgotten Opera Gems

MOT on Spotify! Opera's Greatest Hits

Alex Trebek Tribute: Jeopardy! - Costumes at the Met

Alex goes behind the scenes of the world - famous Metropolitan Opera to deliver clues like you've never seen him before!

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Opera singer serenades Paris in second lockdown

French tenor Stephane Senechal has been subsisting on pasta and potatoes since the coronavirus pandemic forced opera houses to close and work dried up, but he has at least made a name for himself by performing - for free - from his Paris window.

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Opera Quiz: Even Hardcore Wagnerians Will Struggle With This Quiz on ‘Siegfried’ & ‘Götterdämmerung’

Are You A Truly Hard-Core Wagnerian?

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Grane's Transformation: Wagner's Noble Horse Gets a Detroit Makeover

In traditional productions, Grane is portrayed by live horses, a delightful surprise to the audience. In a uniquely Detroit twist, our Brünnhilde rides to the end in style in a Ford Mustang. In fact, our modern “steed” is Ford’s 10 millionth Mustang, an ode to the company’s storied past and an example of Ford’s long-term support of Michigan Opera Theatre.

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"The World and Revolution of Richard Wagner"

Richard Wagner is one of the most beloved and undeniably controversial figures in classical music history. Ahead of Twilight: Gods, learn about his worldview, philosophies, and the creation of his music dramas, including the Ring cycle, in "The World and Revolution of Richard Wagner."

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Loved Opera, and Opera Loved Her Back

Justice Ginsburg was the art form’s “greatest advocate and our greatest spokesperson,” says Francesca Zambello, the director of Washington National Opera and the Glimmerglass Festival.

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What’s a squillo, and why do opera singers need it?

An opera singer’s voice soars above the instruments and its melody rings out across thousands of patrons— all without any assistance from a microphone. How is it possible that a single voice can be heard so clearly? Learn about the physics of opera!

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How well do you know opera?

From song texts to silver roses, pit your wits against our opera critic with these 12 questions about vocal music on stage and off.

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5 Minutes That Will Make You Love Opera

The New York Times asked artists and critics to select the five minutes of music that would make someone love opera. Do you agree with their choices?

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Supermarket Opera

Here's a gem from 2014 to think about during your next visit to the grocery store. The music might not sound as good now with masks, but it's fun to imagine!

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Opera Trivia - Superstar Enrico Caruso

Long before the world knew the great recording artists of Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Beyoncé and Adele, there was another superstar to set the world aflame: Enrico Caruso.

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Social Distancing for Opera Lovers - How to Get Your Opera Fix

COVID-19 and social distancing have kept most people at home, and for opera-lovers, that means no more visits to the theater. What is one to do? With online performances, courses and activities, MOT’s got your opera needs covered until we meet again!

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ABT's, PAS DE DEUX, four-episode documentary series

American Ballet Theatre launches PAS DE DEUX, a limited, four-episode documentary series exploring the intersection of dance and other diverse art forms. Featured Artists: Gabe Stone Shayer, Alicia Keys, Isabella Boylston, Marcus Samuelsson, Cassandra Trenary, Kat Sullivan, Lucian Paris, Chloe Wise.

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MOVING STORIES: AN ABT FILM FESTIVAL | Day One

Principal Dancer Misty Copeland hosts the hour-long program featuring four short films by ABT dancers and a roundtable discussion with the filmmakers. The first program features films by Alexandre Hammoudi, Eric Tamm, Duncan Lyle, and Zhongjing Fang.

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Black Men of Concert Dance Don't Rush Challenge

A few of the black men of the concert dance world taking on the Don’t Rush Challenge.

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Professional Ballerina Reviews Ballet Scenes

Julie Kent, former ballet dancer turned Artistic Director of The Washington Ballet, reviews iconic ballet scenes from films including 'Black Swan,' 'Mao's Last Dancer,' 'The Game Plan,' and 'The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.'

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Classical Ballet Favorites

Theara Ward: Morning Movement

Theara Ward is no stranger to Detroit. She is an amazing teaching artist and education consultant with both Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and Dance Theatre of Harlem. MOT has partnered with her for over 15 years, sharing her knowledge, passion and culture with thousands of Detroiters. Let's get up and move together with MOT Learns at Home.

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The Joffrey On Tour | Detroit, MI

Throwback Thursday to last fall's presentation of The Joffrey Ballet at the Detroit Opera House! Enjoy a behind-the-scenes glimpse of life on tour, set in our very own hometown!

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The Dying Swan - Swans for Relief

32 of the world's best ballerinas have come together to perform Swan Lake's "The Dying Swan" to support dancers affected by COVID-19. Enjoy this beautiful performance in the link below and consider supporting dancers struggling during this time.

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Paris Opera Ballet at Home

Check out how Paris Opera Ballet keeps dancing while staying at home!

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LAZARUS by Rennie Harris

This Easter, MOT at Home brings you an uplifting, celebratory Dance Fix from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, that made its MOT premiere last year, "Lazarus," by Rennie Harris.

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Don’t Stop Me Now Zoom Rehearsal

We're kicking off the weekend with a Dance Fix! Check it out, especially if you're feeling down. Times are tough, but we're strong together (while apart 🙂). We got this!

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Exquisite Corps (42 choreographers, 1 dance)

Check out "Exquisite Corps," 42 contemporary choreographers, one dance, by Films That Mitchell Rose Made.

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Houston Dancer Lauren Anderson Reflects on the Progress of Ballet in Texas

The dancer’s pioneering achievements are honored in the National Museum of African American History and Culture

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This New Netflix Series Profiles 6 of Today's Coolest Choreographers

Get ready for your next Netflix binge: On October 23, the streaming giant is dropping Move, a five-part docuseries profiling some of the biggest choreographers and performers from around the globe.

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World Ballet Day

Look back at World Ballet Day 2020

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‘I wanted to keep the morale up’: five pandemic dance videos that won the internet

From an Indian doctor in PPE dancing to a Bollywood track to an Alabama principal’s take on MC Hammer, these videos could have only emerged in 2020.

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Aureole: Exploring Paul Taylors Landmark Work

In 1962, his 30th work, Aureole, marked a significant departure from his previous avant-garde aesthetic.

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In Lagos, a Homegrown Ballet Academy Leaps Into the Spotlight

A viral video has lifted the school’s fortunes and visibility. “It’s not only about the dance itself... it’s about the value of dance education.”

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Les Sylphides: The Origins of Abstract Ballet

Considered a revival of the romantic ballets of the ballet blanc genre, Les Sylphides adds another credit to its name as the first “abstract” or plotless ballet.

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The Story of Swan Lake in Black and White

Featuring videos from the Royal Opera House and more!

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Ballet Blanc: Shades, Shadows and Spirits

The history of the term ballet blanc or “white ballet”.

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Four Minutes a Dying Swan

Anna Pavlova and Becoming the Symbol of the New Russian Ballet.

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Creole Giselle: Dance Theatre of Harlem's Ballet In the Bayou

Dance Theatre of Harlem is streaming its 1984 performance of Creole Giselle until midnight, June 19 as part of their "DTH on Demand." Learn about this unique production below!

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Alvin Ailey and "A Song For You": A Dedication to the Memory of George Floyd

Michigan Opera Theatre stands with the peaceful protesters in opposition to racial injustice. Our Artistic Advisor for Dance Jon Teeuwissen shares a special piece and perspective on Alvin Ailey's "A Song for You" in dedication to the memory of George Floyd.

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Momix, Pictures at an Exhibition, and the Visualization of Music

By Jon Teeuwissen, MOT Artistic Advisor for Dance

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Lar Lubovitch: From Ballet to Broadway to Figure Skating

A look at one of America's most versatile choreographers.

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American Dance Machine: A Celebration of Broadway Dance

Where are our Broadway lovers at? Did you know there's an entire dance company dedicated to preserving Broadway dance choreography?!

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Denmark's Greatest Choreographer, August Bournonville

Have you heard of August Bournonville? Our Artistic Advisor for Dance Jon Teeuwissen explains the style of Denmark's Greatest Choreographer.

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DANCE News from ARTSJournal

Get the latest dance news from our friends at ARTSJournal.

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Opera Photo Contest Winners

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.

And the Winner is...

FACEBOOK DANCE PHOTO CONTEST

OUR PHOTO CONTEST IS BACK, this time with a focus on dance! Check out our collection of dance photos below, based on previous MOT dance presentations, and re-create your own version!

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Zoom Backgrounds

Zoom from your favorite opera or the Detroit Opera House to add a little drama to your work video conferences and virtual happy hours!

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COMING UP AT 

MOT AT HOME

 

MET Opera Previews

Prior to select MET Nightly Opera Streams, join Arthur White, MOT's Director of External Affairs and Austin Stewart, Ph. D for a pre-performance talk on Facebook Live.

Click here for schedule!

 

MOT Learns at Home

A new initiative for students, teachers, and parents to connect the arts with at-home learning!

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DanceHERE: Eduardo Vilaro and Ballet Hispánico

OperaHERE- Twilight: Gods

Welcome, Yuval Sharon!

Opera For Our Times

MOT Celebrates Pride!

 

OperaHERE: The Arts in Times of Challenge

MEET THE EXPERTS!

Meet the experts who provide the regular preview talks ahead of the Metropolitan Opera’s Nightly Opera Stream.

MEET ARTHUR WHITE!

MEET AUSTIN STEWART!

April 2: Don Carlo by Verdi

Arthur White introduces Verdi’s monumental drama Don Carlo.

Watch DON CARLo
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April 4: Macbeth by Verdi

Austin Stewart introduces Macbeth, Verdi’s retelling of Shakespeare’s tragedy.

Watch austin's talk

Watch Macbeth

April 6: Aida by Verdi

Arthur White introduces Verdi's Aida, a sweeping tale of love and heroics in ancient Egypt.

Watch aRTHUR's talk

Watch Aida

April 7: The Girl of the Golden West by Puccini

Austin Stewart introduces Puccini's The Girl of the Golden West, Puccini's musical vision of the American West

Watch austin's talk

Watch The Girl of the Golden West

April 12: Così fan tutte by Mozart

Austin Stewart introduces Mozart's Così fan tutte.

WATCH AUSTIN'S TALK

Watch Cosi fan tutte

April 14: Boris Godunov by Mussorgsky

 Pre-performance talk on Modest Mussorgsky's majestic Boris Godunov with Austin Stewart.

WATCH AUSTIN'S TALK

watch Boris Godunov

April 17: Madama Butterfly by Puccini

Arthur White introduces Madama Butterly, Puccini's drama of unfortunate, doomed love.

WATCH ARTHUR'S TALK

watch Madama Butterfly

April 17: Adriana Lecouvreur by Francesco Cilèa

Arthur White introduces Adriana Lecouvreur by Francesco Cilèa.

WATCH ARTHUR'S TALK

watch Adriana Lecouvreur

April 19: Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss

Austin Stewart introduces Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss.

  WATCH Austin'S TALK

watch Der Rosenkavalier

April 21: Tosca by Giaccomo Puccini

Arthur White introduces Tosca, Puccini's musical thriller of lust, murder, and politics.

  WATCH Arthur'S TALK

watch Tosca

April 23: The Merry Widow by Franz Lehár

Arthur White introduces The Merry Widow by Franz Lehár.

  WATCH Arthur'S TALK

watch The Merry Widow

April 24: La Traviata by Verdi

Austin Stewart introduces La Traviata by Verdi

  WATCH Austin's TALK

watch The La Traviata

April 27: Anna Bolena by Donizetti

Arthur White introduces Anna Bolena by Donizetti.

  WATCH Arthur'S TALK

watch The Anna Bolena

May 1: Leontyne Price Special

Exclusive Interview w/ J'Nai Bridges & George Shirley

Arthur White introduces one of the most emotional evenings in Met history—the night Leontyne Price bid farewell to opera.  

WATCH Arthur'S TALK & Interviews

watch The Special

May 3: Prince Igor by Borodin

Austin Stewart introduces Borodin’s Russian epic Prince Igor — the opera’s first Met staging in nearly a century.

WATCH Austin'S TALK

watch Prince Igor

Pavarotti 30th Anniversary Gala

Arthur White introduces the MET's Pavarotti 30th Anniversary Gala.

WATCH Arthur'S TALK

watch The Special

Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss

Pre-performance talk on Richard Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos with Austin Stewart.

WATCH austin'S TALK

watch Ariadne auf naxos

Joan Sutherland Tribute

Arthur White introduces the Lucia di Lammermoor.

WATCH aRTHUR'S TALK

watch LUCIA di lammermoor

Un Ballo in Maschera by Verdi

Arthur White introduces the Un Ballo in Maschera by Verdi.

watch Un ballo in maschera

Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Pre-performance talk on Mozart's Don Giovanni with Austin Stewart.

watch don giovanni

Ernani by Verdi

Pre-performance talk on Verdi's Ernani with Arthur White.

watch ernani


 

"During this time of social distancing, Michigan Opera Theatre seeks to serve and remain connected with our loyal supporters who value our shared love of opera, dance and other performing arts. Although we are unable at the moment to provide live performances for you in the Detroit Opera House, we hope the digital performances and informative content of ‘MOT at Home’ may be a source of inspiration, comfort and hope.”   

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