Oct 19-27 ~ Mozart’s classic dark comedy follows the notorious philanderer as he faces the consequences of messing with the wrong people. The bad guy meets his due in this satisfying tale of revenge.
Nov 16-24 ~ Everyone’s favorite diabolical barber comes to the Detroit Opera House, serving up Mrs. Lovett’s questionable pies and a large helping of satire. Sweeney Todd follows the title character’s thrilling journey into insanity in the name of vengeance, challenging audiences not to cringe. Featuring “Johanna,” “Not While I’m Around” and “The Worst Pies in London,” Sweeney Todd is Steven Sondheim at his best.
Feb 29 - Wealthy Florentine Buoso Donati has just died but all his greedy relatives can think about is their neglect in his will. The tables turn with the help of the mischievous Gianni Schicchi but not in the way that they expect. Considered one of the funniest operas of all time, Gianni Schicchi is a dark farce based on a real story included in Dante’s Inferno. The opera includes some of Puccini’s best music, including the famous aria “O mio babbino caro.”
March 28 - April 5 ~ Terence Blanchard’s “opera in jazz” makes its Detroit Opera House debut March 26. Based on the real story of prized fighter Emile Griffith, Champion is a reflection on the boxer’s life as he struggles with regret, prejudice and the fluidity of sexual and societal morality. Featuring opera star Denyce Graves, Champion is a self-reflective work not to be missed.
May 9-17 ~ Leoncavallo’s tragic tale of the tears of a clown. The audience favorite tells of a clown who becomes embroiled in a fatal love triangle. The first opera ever to be recorded in its entirety, Pagliacci, with its famous “Vesti la giubba” aria, sold over a million copies.
Nov 2-3 ~ Chicago’s renowned Joffrey Ballet company performs an exciting program featuring dynamic young choreographers from Europe. Works include Liam Scarlett’s sensual “Vespertine,” Alexander Ekman’s uplifting “Joy” and Nicolas Blanc’s “Beyond the Shore,” which will take audiences through five mesmerizing worlds set to an orchestral and electronic soundscape by Mason Bates.
Malandain Ballet Biarritz
Feb 15 ~ French contemporary dance company Malandain Ballet Biarritz makes its Detroit Opera House debut February 15. Known for their celebration of sensuality and humanity, the repertory program is a perfect date for Valentine’s weekend, performing emotive works from classic composers including Vivaldi, Chopin and Ravel.
Dance Theatre of Harlem
March 14-15 ~ Celebrating its golden anniversary, Dance Theatre of Harlem returns to the Detroit Opera House with a program showcasing 50 years of their commitment to access, opportunity and excellence. Using the language of ballet they celebrate African-American culture and bring new life to the art form. Audiences have come to love their thrilling performances that empower and inspire.
American Ballet Theatre's Swan Lake
April 16-19 ~ American Ballet Theatre and the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra are together again to perform the ultimate storybook ballet, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. The ballet features America’s biggest ballet stars portraying the tragic love story of Prince Siegfried and Princess Odette and their attempt to break the spell that turns her into a swan each morning. With its iconic “Dance of the Little Swans” and its famous 32 fouetté turns, Swan Lake is a must-see ballet experience.
Oct 12 ~ Michigan Opera Theatre opens its 2019-20 season with opera’s hottest young tenor, Michael Fabiano. Called “one of the most exciting, sought-after singers in the world” by the New York Times, Fabiano has graced the stages of the world’s leading operas houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera and La Scala. Accompanied by the MOT Orchestra and led by MOT Principal Conductor Stephen Lord, he is joined by renowned soprano Leah Crocetto for an evening of opera and musical theater’s greatest works. The evening will also include a special ballet section featuring principal dancers from American Ballet Theatre.
Nov 30 - Dec 1 ~ BalletMet returns for its eighth visit to the Detroit Opera House with its beloved traditional production of The Nutcracker. The ballet follows young Clara and her Nutcracker Prince through a magical journey in the Land of the Sugar Plum Fairy. The event features live accompaniment from the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra as well as complimentary children’s activities before the performance at during intermission.
The Very Last Green Thing
April 25 ~ The Michigan Opera Theatre Children’s Chorus presents the futuristic story of Cary John Franklin’s The Very Last Green Thing. The year is 2413 where students are taught and raised by an android with rare opportunities to go “outside.” After encountering a time capsule from the early 21st century, the children find a withered plant and the secrets unlocked from the planet’s past.
Too Hot To Handel
Dec 14 ~ Featuring renowned soloists Roderick Dixon, Alfreda Burke and Karen Marie Richardson and an all-star ensemble of Detroit jazz legends Marion Hayden, Alvin Waddles, and Dave Taylor. An annual Detroit holiday tradition! This soul stirring, toe-tapping rendition of Handel’s Messiah never fails to bring audiences to their feet.
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