Community Events - Michigan Opera Theatre

Typically one-hour performances (live music and/or expert discussion) followed by a gathering with light refreshments. For more information, contact Arthur White, Director of External Affairs, at

Wed, March 4, 7:00 PM

1526 Broadway, Detroit

Video & Discussion

DTH-Arthur Mitchell's Legacy
Promoting Equality through Art

-Dr. Jennifer Gomez, former DTH dancer

Dr. Gomez will screen a film from her personal collection, the 2004 Gerald Fox Film on Dance Theatre of Harlem showing behind-the-scenes dance footage and interviews about Mr. Mitchell's ballet career and the history of DTH. Highlights include Mr. Mitchell founding the company after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and DTH's tour of South Africa in 1992, during apartheid -- an invitation personally extended by Nelson Mandela. Discussion and Q&A to follow, with Dr. Gomez, a former DTH dancer turned academic.


Kim Smith (313) 237-3251

Fri, March 6, 7:30 PM

1072 Drouillard Rd, Windsor

Opera at the Boxing Club

What better place to learn about Champion (Terence Blanchard's opera in jazz) than a boxing club? Concert master Eliot Heaton and violinist Henrik Karapetyan will join the MOT Studio Artists in the ring.

Border City Boxing Club
Friday, March 6 at 7:30 PM

Cover fee $10 (Students Free)

RSVP (required)
eventbrite or call (519) 252-0212

Champion is presented by

Thu, March 21 at 7:30 PM

CANCELED: Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

315 E Warren Ave

In conversation

Terence Blanchard with Naomi André

Discussion with Terence Blanchard at the Charles Wright Museum of African American History, focused on the African American experience in opera, moderated by Professor Naomi André, author of Black Opera: History, Power, Engagement. With a musical preview of Champion.

Champion is presented by

This event is supported by an award from

Learn about opera from those who love it! Attending a performance by Michigan Opera Theatre can be a transformative experience, and whetting your appetite at a community event (for example Overture to Opera) is a sure way to make your experience unforgettable. These events are typically one-hour performances followed by a gathering with light refreshments. Programs showcase the operas seen onstage that season at MOT, provide guests with history on the operas and productions, and are a way for opera enthusiasts old and new to meet and talk about opera. It's all part of MOT’s cultural service to our community, and an integral part of our mission to increase the impact and sustainability of opera in Michigan.

Community events are supported by an award from:

This project is funded in part by Michigan Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.