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Reviews: X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X

Learn more about the production here. Have time to take a quick 1-min survey? Click Here!   LadyMgA I enjoyed it. The adaption of his life was on point and well portrayed. I was pleased to support the production by bringing a group of 30 people, particularly the youth ages 10-15. Davon Tines and the …

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Opera Through the Lens of the Black and Jewish Communities

By: Yuval Sharon First published on 4/27/2022 With the Detroit Opera House now open, we are currently in rehearsal for one of the most significant projects in the company’s 50-year history: a major new production of Anthony Davis’ opera X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X, directed by Robert O’Hara. I’ll never forget the first …

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2022-23 Season of Opera and Dance

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 …

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Opera House Ushers

Detroit Opera and the Detroit Opera House are grateful for all of our volunteers! From tour guides, docents, ambassadors, and more, each volunteer is an integral part of not only our operations, but our family. National Volunteer Week is April 17th through the 23rd, and Detroit Opera would like to give a special shoutout to …

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Anthony Davis’s X

A number of years ago I was doing research on Anthony Davis’s X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X (1985) at the archives of the New York Public Library when I came across an intriguing clause in a contract for the various organizations producing the opera. “The word ‘jazz’,” it read, “should not be …

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Reviews: La Bohème

Learn more about the production here. Have time to take a quick 1-min survey? Click Here!     Audience Reactions   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_W2mO1ir2P0 Harriet Superb and fascinating performance! Well sung and acted by each of the featured singers. I was surprised at how much I actually enjoyed the reversal of the acts! It made it “new”, …

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Reviews: Ballet Hispánico

Learn more about the production here. Have time to take a quick 1-min survey? Click Here! Terri Both my husband and I loved Ballet Hispanico’s Dona Peron! The prima ballerina gave a beautiful, strong, and captivating performance while the rest of the company provided a wonderful showcase for her. The set and costuming were simple …

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Reviews: Frida

Learn more about the production here. Have time to take a quick 1-min survey? Click Here! Elizabeth Mays Frida, played by Catalina Cuervo, was phenominal. Her voice was clear, consistent and always in character; her presence swayed across the stage with such elegance and sass. I would love to see this play again, preferably on …

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Bringing Frida’s Dreams and Realities to the Stage

By: Austin T. Richey In Michigan Opera Theatre’s 2015 production of Frida, production designer Moníka Essen brought the many experiences of Frida Kahlo to the stage, from her youth, to her rise as a painter, to her dreams and nightmares. Now, Frida returns to Detroit after a successful run of productions around the country, and …

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