Single tickets are on sale for the second half of the 2021-22 season at Michigan Opera Theater
The intermission is officially over; opera and dancing are on the way back to the Detroit Opera House.
“Act I: Out and about”, Michigan Opera Theaterthe celebration of new venues and addressing a wider audience, included a special concert by Cavalleria Rusticana at the Meadowbrook Amphitheater, the staging of the Aretha franklin The Amphitheater’s first opera, Blue, of which Opera News said: “Opera does not get more contemporary, extraordinary or crucial than Blue.” Act I ended with the reimagining of Bliss by MOT art director Gary L. Wasserman, Yuval Sharon. Ragnar Kjartansson’s 12-hour rehearsal of an excerpt from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, staged in the historic Michigan Building Theater, drew nearly 3,000 attendees and received rave reviews.
In “Act II: Coming Home”, MOT returns with a fresh take on its roots, first embodied by a return to its original performance space, the Music Hall. “Coming Home” begins February 26-27, 2022 with the return of MOT favorite Frida by Robert Xavier RodrÃguez and Migdalia Cruz, in the production initially directed by Jose Maria Condemi. Cruz’s libretto follows the life, philosophy and art of Frida Kahlo from her school days to her marriage to painter Diego Rivera, the creation of her own unprecedented body of work and many stormy encounters with the status quo of the art world. RodrÃguez’s score, written for chamber orchestra, mixes mariachi-style orchestrations with classical opera and hints of Mexican folk songs. Condemi’s production has traveled to other companies including Cincinnati Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Atlanta Opera, Anchorage Opera, and Portland Opera. Originally slated for MOT’s 50th anniversary celebration, Frida returns with the original cast of her 2014-15 run, with Catalina Cuervo as Frida, who is now a signing role for her, and Ricardo Herrera as Diego Rivera. MOT Assistant Music Director Suzanne Mallare Acton conducts.
âAs the MOT prepares for the second half of its 21-22 season, we invite you to join us for a mini-series (opera and / or dance) on the remarkable journey that lies ahead,â Wayne said. S. Brown, President and CEO of MOT. noted. âI assure you it will be a fascinating ride! We are especially excited to welcome the Dance Theater of Harlem again in January for a world premiere of Stevie Wonder, Higher Ground, and the reassembly of Robert Rodriquez’s MOT 2015 production of Frida with original cast members including Catalina Cuervo and Ricardo Herrera. “
The MOT is truly coming home on April 2, 2022, with the triumphant return in a newly improved Detroit Opera House that is more accessible for first-person opera performances for over two years. This momentous occasion is marked by a new production of Giacomo Puccini‘s La bohÃ¨me, directed by Yuval Sharon; co-produced with the Boston Lyric Opera and Spoleto Festival United States. In a historic first, Sharon and MOT extract hope from tragedy, life from death, and love from loneliness by staging Puccini’s tragic opera in reverse order, starting with the act IV and ending with Act I. This adventurous production of 100 minutes of music be performed without intermission; directed by Vimbayi Kaziboni, with Monday Marie moore like Mimi, Matthieu Blanc like Rodolfo, Brandie sutton like Musetta, and Edouard Parks like Marcello.
“Coming Home” ends in May, with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Anthony davis‘s X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X, in a new production directed by Tony Award nominee Robert O’Hara and directed by Kazem Abdullah. X combines Davis’ uniquely American score with a libretto by Thulani and Kip Davis, together casting an unfailing look at one of the most unjustly maligned men in American history in all its complexity. X stars DavÃ³ne Tines, MOT Artist in Residence 2021-2022 in the title role. Tines was recently named Vocalist of the Year 2022 by Musical America.
“If I have done my job, at the end of this residency I will be watching the audience during my X performances and see the faces of the larger black and intersectional communities that I recognize and come to know during this time. “, says Tines. “I deeply hope that the relationships we are preparing the ground for will continue to be nurtured long after the curtain has closed.”
X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X is presented by Cadillac and co-produced with Opera Omaha, the Metropolitan Opera and the Seattle Opera. The production also received funding from OPERA America’s Next Stage program – supported by Gene Kaufman, Terry Eder-Kaufman and New Vision for Opera, with additional review support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
In addition to a strong spring opera season, dance will make a triumphant return to the Detroit Opera stage with two productions: Dance Theater of Harlem and Ballet HispÃ¡nico.
The Dance Theater of Harlem (DTH) returns to the Detroit Opera House on January 22 and 23, 2022, in performances postponed from March 2020. Performances include a Detroit premiere by choreographer Claudia Schreier and a world premiere by La DTH resident choreographer Robert garland. Created specifically for DTH, Schreier’s work, Passage, recognizes the 400th anniversary of the arrival of African slaves in Virginia in 1619. Exploring the strength of the human spirit in this moving and complex contemplation, Passage presents the music of the famous composer Jessie Montgomery. Higher Ground is the latest work by DTH resident choreographer Robert garland put at Stevie Wonder songs written in troubled times. This world-first piece pioneers the use of ballet as an art of resistance and is “a wonder of a work that showcases Mr. Garland’s many choreographic gifts, from his sparkling musicality to his ability to weave seamlessly classical ballet with modern and social dance influences “(The New York Times).
Dance Theater of Harlem is presented by Ford Motor Company Fund with additional support from the New England Foundation for the Arts.
On March 19 and 20, the audience’s favorite Ballet HispÃ¡nico returns to celebrate its 50th anniversary with the Detroit premiere of DoÃ±a PerÃ³n: The Rise and Fall of a Diva, a complete ballet based on one of the most spellbinding women of South American history. Eva “Evita” PerÃ³n went from dancehall performer to Argentina’s First Lady, all before her untimely death at the age of 33. Ballet HispÃ¡nico explores the Argentinian icon with this new flagship work. Sumptuous, surprising and instantly popular, like Evita herself, DoÃ±a PerÃ³n is choreographed by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, the internationally renowned creator of A Streetcar Named Desire by the Scottish Ballet, and set to music by the inimitable composer ballet Pierre Salem.
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