While social distancing keeps us at home,
what are opera and dance-lovers to do?
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.
"Dream Variation" performed by Olivia Johnson
MOT Touring Ensemble member Olivia Johnson performs "Dream Variation", composed by Margaret Bonds with lyrics by Langston Hughes. Accompanied by Michael Sherman.
"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.
Recalling MOT's Conductor Tania León
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.
MOT Salutes Assistant Music Director Suzanne Mallare Acton
As we continue to recognize the contributions of women to events in history this March, we at MOT salute one of our own history makers in our Assistant Music Director and Chorus Master, Suzanne Mallare Acton.
Remembering Margaret Bonds
March is the month where we as a nation recognize and applaud the contributions of women to events in history. Composer Margaret Bonds constantly made history throughout her life.
MOT Salutes Martina Arroyo on her Historic MET Debut 56 Years Ago
56 years ago this month, a little-known African American soprano from New York stepped in at the last minute to replace superstar soprano Birgit Nilsson as Verdi’s Aida at the Metropolitan Opera House.
Celebrating Leontyne Price on her 94th birthday!
60 years ago, soprano Leontyne Price and tenor Franco Corelli made their joint debuts in Verdi’s opera Il Trovatore at the Metropolitan Opera House.
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.
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.
"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."
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.
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!
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?
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.
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!
Celebrate the birthday of Alvin Ailey's Revelations
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is celebrating six decades of "Revelations," a choreographic masterpiece that has become a lasting cultural treasure beloved by generations. Watch the company's full performance from the 2015 Lincoln Center at the Movies production!
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.
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.
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.'
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
‘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.
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.”
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.
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!
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.
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.
In Conversation: Dr. Nkeiru Okoye and Dr. Lee Bynum
MOT In Conversation presents Dr. Nkeiru Okoye and Dr. Lee Bynum discussing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the world of opera -- on stage, back stage, and in the audience. Hosted by Arthur White.
In Conversation: Harolyn Blackwell
Join MOT’s Arthur White as he speaks with celebrated coloratura Soprano Harolyn Blackwell, touching on her work from the MET to Broadway, and the mentors and role models who guided her to the top.
In Conversation: DTH's Passage
Choreographer Claudia Schreier and composer Jessie Montgomery discuss their new ballet for Dance Theatre of Harlem, "Passage." Discussion moderated by Dr. Jennifer Gómez.
In Conversation: Final Bow for Yellowface
MOT’s Arthur White and Andrea Scobie speak with Phil Chan and Georgina Pazcoguin, founders of Final Bow for Yellowface, an organization dedicated to eradicating outdated representations of Asians in opera and dance, and discuss the importance of replacing caricature with character as we strive for respectful and inclusive representation on classical stages.
In Conversation: Wagner Panel Discussion
MOT at Home In Conversation: Twilight: Gods opens Saturday! Arthur White moderates a conversation with today’s leading Wagnerian scholars, including Dr. Gundula Kreuzer (Yale), Dr. David Levin (University of Chicago), and Dr. Kirsten Paige (Stanford), as well as director and celebrated interpreter of Wagner, MOT’s Yuval Sharon.
In Conversation: Director Yuval Sharon On Site-Specific Opera
Michigan Opera Theatre's newly appointed Gary L. Wasserman Artistic Director Yuval Sharon and special guest Dr. Megan Steigerwald Ille sit down to discuss site-specific opera, Yuval's work with his L.A.-based company The Industry, and his first production with MOT, Twilight: Gods.
In Conversation: Christine Goerke on Brünnhilde, and her "wish-list" roles
Soprano Christine Goerke zooms with MOT's Arthur White on the brilliance of Wagner's "Ring," and some surprising roles she's ready to move in to. Other topics include baking, teaching, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
In Conversation: On Porgy and Bess
Completed in 1935, George and Ira Gershwin called their Porgy and Bess an “American folk opera.” But what have those three words—“American,” “folk,” and “opera”—meant for different audiences at different moments in the life of this work? MOT’s first installment of the In Conversation series convenes scholars of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, including Professor Naomi André (University of Michigan), in a conversation moderated by Dr. Austin Stewart.
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.
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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