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While social distancing keeps us at home,

what are opera and dance-lovers to do? 

Turn to

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 webpage.

 

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MOT at Home: "Quel guardo, il cavaliere" from Donizetti's Don Pasquale

MOT Studio Artist Avery Boettcher performs "Quel guardo, il cavaliere" from Donizetti's Don Pasquale, accompanied by Principal Coach Michael Sherman.

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MOT at Home Playlist: Out of the Silence

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MOT at Home: "What a Wonderful World"

Who else is excited about the sunshine and warm weather this week? Enjoy a special group performance of "What a Wonderful World" from ALL of our MOT Studio Artists!

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MOT at Home: Strauss's "Morgen"

Enjoy Strauss's "Morgen," performed by MOT Orchestra Concertmaster Eliot Heaton and Studio Artist Edward Graves, accompanied by Principal Coach Michael Sherman.

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OPERA FIX PLAYLIST: Opera Meets Broadway

Start your week off with our Opera Meets Broadway playlist to hear your crossover favorites!

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MOT at Home: "Letter to Roxane" by David DiChiera

Former MOT Principal Cellist Nadine Deleury performs "Letter to Roxane" from David DiChiera's "Cyrano," accompanied by Michael Sherman.

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OPERA FIX QUIZ: 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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MOT at Home: "Stars" from Les Misérables

Michigan Opera Theatre Studio Artist Darren Drone performs "Stars" from Les Misérables

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OPERA FIX PLAYLIST: (Somewhat) Forgotten Opera Gems

A smorgasbord of beloved arias and scenes from the past that are perhaps not as well-known today. Curated by Austin Stewart.

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MOT 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 winners are...

OPERA FIX: 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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MOT at Home: "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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MOT at Home: "Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix" by Camille Saint-Saëns

Our MOT Orchestra Concertmaster Eliot Heaton joins Mezzo-soprano Katherine DeYoung and Principal Coach Michael Sherman for a FULL-LENGTH performance of Delilah's aria "Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix" from Samson and Delilah.

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MOT at Home: Kurt Weill's "Lonely House'"

Michigan Opera Theatre Studio Artist Edward Graves and Principal Coach Michael Sherman perform Kurt Weill's "Lonely House'".

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OPERA FIX: 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 FIX: MOT on Spotify!

Introducing Michigan Opera Theatre's new Spotify account, where you can discover MOT-recommended playlists with themes, famous arias and perhaps a few hidden gems... We open with opera's greatest hits!

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MOT at Home: "Lonely House"

Michigan Opera Theatre Studio Artist Edward Graves and Principal Coach Michael Sherman perform Kurt Weill's "Lonely House'".

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OPERA FIX: 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.

Learn more

MOT at Home: "A Horse with Wings"

MOT Studio Artist Katherine DeYoung and Principal Coach Michael Sherman perform "A Horse with Wings" composed by Ricky Ian Gordon. MOT fans will remember his operas "27" and "The Grapes of Wrath" from the 17-18 and 18-19 opera season.

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MOT at Home: "Just Another Rhumba"

Welcome to "MOT at Home," Michigan Opera Theatre's new digital campaign that will allow us to continue to provide opera and dance performances and education directly to you at home! MOT Studio Artist Allen Michael Jones and Principal Coach Michael Sherman perform "Just Another Rhumba" (1937) composed by George Gershwin with lyrics by Ira Gershwin.

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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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Nightly Met Opera Streams

Each day, a different encore presentation from the MET's Live in HD series is being made available for free streaming on the Met website. Join Michigan Opera Theatre's Arthur White and Austin Stewart prior to select performances for a pre-opera talk.

Explore the schedule

DANCE FIX: 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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DANCE FIX: 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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DANCE FIX: MOMIX, PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION, AND THE VISUALIZATION OF MUSIC

By Jon Teeuwissen, MOT Artistic Advisor for Dance

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DANCE FIX: 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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DANCE FIX: Lar Lubovitch: From Ballet to Broadway to Figure Skating

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

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Bonus DANCE FIX: The Dying Swan

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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DANCE FIX: Paris Opera Ballet at Home

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

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DANCE FIX: 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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DANCE FIX: 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 FIX: 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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DANCE FIX: 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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DANCE FIX: Exquisite Corps (42 choreographers, 1 dance)

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

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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!

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DANCE News from ARTSJournal

Get the latest dance news from our friends at ARTSJournal

Explore now

 

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!

CLICK HERE FOR RULES!

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!

Click here to explore!

 

 

    MOT AT HOME  IS SUPPORTED BY

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 arthur's talk

Watch DON CARLo

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

 

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"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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