After a whirlwind couple of years, the 22-23 season sees us returning to the Detroit Opera House – but expect the unexpected, as each opera will take you somewhere new. From beloved classics to exciting company premieres, from high-tech stage wizardry to the pure musical experience of opera-in-concert, and closing with a work that will use Detroit as its canvas – you won’t want to miss a beat of what we have in store. Join us as we establish a new vision for the art form, inviting you to imagine, to question, and to embrace what this artform means for us today.
Gary L. Wasserman Artistic Director
We’re excited to bring you a dance series that showcases a full spectrum of genres and truly world class talent. Join us for a season that offers everything from contemporary dance to classical ballet - performances that pay homage to iconic choreographers Alvin Ailey and George Balanchine with the presentation of original signature works such as Revelations and Serenade - and enjoy the creativity of reimagined productions of The Nutcracker and Swan Lake by two of today’s foremost contemporary choreographers, Mark Morris and Angelin Preljocaj. Finally, full seasons of dance are back at the Detroit Opera House.
Artistic Advisor for Dance
2022-23 Opera Season
Die Walküre: Act III
SEP 17 / SAT / 7:30 PM SEP 18 / SUN / 2:30 PM SEP 20 / TUE / 7:30 PM
MUSIC AND LIBRETTO BY RICHARD WAGNER
Wagner’s best-known music – seen & heard like never before
A high-tech treatment of the most famous act in Wagner’s Ring Cycle makes this an experience you will not want to miss. Detroit Opera’s own Yuval Sharon and Christine Goerke join forces in this unique production which zooms in on the drama of Act III, beginning with the unforgettable “Ride of the Valkyries” and ending with “Magic Fire Music.”
NOV 12 / SAT / 7:30 PM NOV 18 / FRI / 7:30 PM NOV 20 / SUN / 2:30 PM
MUSIC AND LIBRETTO BY CHARLES GOUNOD
The original vision behind one of the world’s favorite operas
With music that has almost never been heard in 150 years, this version restores Gounod’s original version – with newly discovered scenes and music – in a revelatory take on the classic story about a deal with the devil. American stars Talise Trevigne and Jonathan Johnson star as Marguerite and Faust, with Robert Pomakov as Méphistophélès.
Aida in Concert*
DEC 30 / FRI / 6:30 PM
MUSIC BY GIUSEPPE VERDI
An all-star cast takes on Verdi’s monumental masterpiece
A rare peek behind the spectacle of the intimate drama and stunning music Verdi was a master of weaving together. A special one-night-only offering with a stellar cast: Detroit Opera’s own Christine Goerke and soprano Angel Blue both make role debuts under the baton of Jonathon Heyward.
MAR 4 / SAT / 7:30 PM MAR 10 / FRI / 7:30 PM MAR 12 / SUN / 2:30 PM
MUSIC BY GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL
Rediscover what makes Baroque opera great
A fast-paced mix of comedy and drama, this was Handel at his most innovative – and Tazewell Thompson’s striking and sumptuous production brings out all of its many wonders. The jaw-dropping musicality of countertenor Key’mon Murrah and soprano Lauren Snouffer will make this an unforgettable feast for the senses, with the renowned Handel specialist Jane Glover conducting.
APR 8 / SAT / 7:30 PM APR 14 / FRI / 7:30 PM APR 16 / SUN / 2:30 PM
MUSIC BY OSVALDO GOLIJOV
One of opera’s most original voices lets passion and poetry overflow
Flamenco, rumba rhythms, and classical singing are woven together by one of today’s most exciting composers, Osvaldo Golijov. Ainadamar (“Fountain of Tears”) tells the tragic story of legendary poet, playwright, and national icon Federico García Lorca, assassinated by fascists during the Spanish Civil War. The score is “destined to be among the great musical achievements of our time,” raves the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
2022-23 Dance Season
Alonzo King Lines Ballet
OCT 22 / SAT / 7:30 PM OCT 23 / SUN / 2:30 PM
Change the way you look at ballet
“Alonzo King is one of the few bona fide visionaries in the ballet world today” writes the San Francisco Chronicle. Now, exquisitely talented dancers bring their signature combination of contemporary choreography and a classical ballet esthetic to Detroit for this 40th anniversary tour. Featuring the music of jazz composer Jason Moran.
Ballet Preljocaj: Swan Lake
FEB 17 / FRI / 7:30 PM FEB 18 / SAT / 7:30 PM FEB 19 / SUN / 2:30 PM
A visionary take on a masterpiece bridging ballet and modern dance.
Contemporary ballet superstar Angelin Preljocaj tackles the Mount Everest of the dance world, which combines Tchaikovsky’s musical masterpiece with contemporary arrangements in a reinvention of the timeless tale into a contemporary ecological tragedy. With 26 dancers, this Swan Lake truly takes flight in its beautiful tribute to the original. In partnership with University Musical Society, Ann Arbor.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
MAR 17 / FRI / 7:30 PM MAR 18 / SAT / 7:30 PM MAR 19 / SUN / 2:30 PM
"Watching Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater can change your life.” - The New York Post
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has for more than 50 years entertained generations, transcended barriers and celebrated the African American cultural experience. Now, under the leadership of visionary artistic director Robert Battle, don’t miss this Detroit favorite as they honor the legacy of their founder while developing the next generation of choreographers.
The State Ballet of Georgia
APR 29 / SAT / 7:30 PM APR 30 / SUN / 2:30 PM
A rare US appearance from this world-class ballet company.
International ballet star Nina Ananiashvili (former prima ballerina with Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre) leads this dynamic group with a program of mostly George Balanchine, considered one of the most important choreographers of the last century, accompanied by full orchestra.
Mark Morris Dance Group: The Hard Nut*
DEC 2 / FRI / 7:30 PM DEC 3 / SAT / 7:30 PM DEC 4 / SUN / 2:30 PM
Not your usual Nutcracker
Set to Tchaikovsky’s beloved music (with live orchestra), Mark Morris Dance Group’s Hard Nut is a beloved retro-modern reimagining of The Nutcracker, which channels the warm spirit of this holiday tradition into the swinging 70s. “Fun and amazement dance in the same steps” The New York Times writes.
A Detroit-Specific Project To Be Announced.**
Following up on recent innovative, site-specific operatic immersions Twilight: Gods and Bliss...
Gary L. Wasserman Artistic Director Yuval Sharon will create a signature new work in the heart of Detroit to close the season. Subscribers will have priority access to tickets for what will surely be another unforgettable opera experience outside the hall.
* Aida in Concert and the Hard Nut are eligible to be added to any subscription packages for a discounted rate. Alternatively, these concerts are eligible as options for a Choose Your Own 6 package (Mix Packs).
** Ticketing and performance information on the Detroit-Specific Project will be announced at a later date.