Outlook 2020: MOT's Wayne Brown Looks Ahead to the New Year - Michigan Opera Theatre

Outlook 2020: MOT’s Wayne Brown Looks Ahead to the New Year

2020 marks both a new year and a new decade, and we at Michigan Opera Theatre can’t wait to experience what is in store for us. This year, in particular, features significant change with new leadership, Detroit Opera House debuts and the beginning celebrations of major MOT milestones!

Here is what I am most looking forward to in 2020:

New leadership under Ethan Davidson

This past November, Ethan Davidson officially took over leadership as MOT’s new Chairman of the Board. Ethan has a long history with MOT, having had a close relationship with our late founder David DiChiera, and a passion for music and theater. We are excited to advance MOT’s goals with a fresh perspective and energy and look forward to what’s ahead!

Dance Theatre of Harlem's world premiere of Robert Garland's latest piece 

Dance Theatre of Harlem returns to the Detroit Opera House in March as part of their 50th anniversary tour. The company will present the world premiere of the latest piece by Robert Garland, danced to music from Stevie Wonder. We are thrilled to present it in the hometown of this Motown legend!

MOT debuts with Malandain Ballet Biarritz and Champion

MOT is committed to presenting exciting new works and performers to our Detroit audiences, and we are excited to have two MOT debuts this winter/spring season. Feb. 15, we welcome acclaimed French ballet company Malandain Ballet Biarritz for a beautiful program featuring works performed to classics from Ravel, Vivaldi and Chopin. March 28 – April 5, we will present Champion, an “opera in jazz” composed by renowned jazz composer Terence Blanchard about the life of boxer Emile Griffith. We hope you can join us experiencing these new performers and performances!

The beginning of MOT’s 50th anniversary celebrations

MOT was founded in 1971, marking its 50th anniversary in 2021. In honor of this great milestone, we will be celebrating over the course of two seasons, our 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons. Additionally, the Detroit Opera House will mark its 100th anniversary in 2022! We have a lot of great plans in the works, stay tuned throughout the year for details!

The naming of a new Artistic Director

MOT has been working diligently to secure a new Artistic Director following the passing of our founder David DiChiera. We’re aiming to make the announcement by the end of this year and look forward to sharing the exciting news with you!

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