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Detroit Opera appoints Roberto Kalb as Music Director

I can’t imagine an opera company that is more in touch with what it means to produce opera for our modern-day audiences, or one that is better attuned to its community. — Roberto Kalb DETROIT, November 2022—Detroit Opera has announced that Roberto Kalb will be its next Music Director, effective November 20, 2022 through the end …

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Reviews: Faust

  Learn more about the production here. Have time to take a quick 1-min survey? Click Here!   Nancy What a wonderful performance. As noted by many reviewers, the music, singing and acting were top notch. Mephistopheles, Valentin, Marguerite and of course Faust grabbed and held my attention the entire time with thrilling vocals. The …

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Re-hearing Gounod’s Faust: A New Performing Edition

In 2018, French musicologist Paul Prévost, in collaboration with music publisher Bärenreiter-Verlag, produced a new edition of Gounod’s Faust. This performing edition restores the spoken dialogue of the 1859 original that premiered at the Théâtre Lyrique on March 29, 1859, as well as previously unpublished numbers and melodramas. As Prévost further describes: Although several numbers …

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Something About Marguerite

BY DAVID SHENGOLD   David Shengold explores the opera’s tragic heroine, a character who is in some way familiar to us all. Most American accounts of Gounod’s Faust get around sooner or later to two diverting facts about the piece. First, that in its early decades the Metropolitan Opera performed the score so often that wags …

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Mural in Motion: a Detroit Opera Innovation

At the southwest corner of the Detroit Opera House, you may have noticed a huge mural of our proscenium overlooking the intersection of John R and Broadway. The stage, which at first appears empty, is the site of an exciting new way for Detroit Opera to share its newest productions with Detroiters! Using augmented reality, …

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Profile: Lileana Blain-Cruz & Raja Feather Kelly

The upcoming Detroit Opera production of Faust, directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz and choreographed by Raja Feather Kelly, is the duo’s first collaboration in the operatic world. Over the past five years, the two have challenged generic boundaries to instead create an emergent body of work which resonates with anxieties, hopefulness, and as Kelly describes, “amplifying …

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Detroit Opera and Faust

In 1978, during the nascent Michigan Opera Theatre’s seventh year as an organization, Charles Gounod’s Faust closed the season to rave reviews. “MOT’s Faust is Heavenly…they saved the best for last…The voices are strong and secure…[they] are the primary reasons for the opera’s success.” (Detroit Free Press, Feb. 12 1978) No voice soared higher than …

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Reviews: Alonzo King LINES Ballet

Learn more about the production here. Have time to take a quick 1-min survey? Click Here!   Rhonda I’m speechless. Alonzo King performance was spectacular; please, please!!!!! bring them back!   Larina Superb ballet. I was so moved and loved the performance.   Katherine The ballet was wonderful. The dancers were perfect. The music….too loud! …

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Why we’re so excited about FAUST

Certainly, Faust is one of history’s greatest operas – the quintessential “deal with the devil” that’s resonated with audiences since its premiere in 1859. This version, however, is different. Tony-nominated and Lincoln Center Theatre’s resident director Lileana Blain-Cruz first staged this production at Opera Omaha, which features Gounod’s original music & libretto for the Théâtre …

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Reviews: The Valkyries

  Learn more about the production here. Have time to take a quick 1-min survey? Click Here!   Leonard I thought The Valkyries was a terrific operatic experience. The acting and singing were spellbinding. Bravo Detroit Opera! John I didn’t care for it. Nothing more than bad quality green screen projections of singers onto tv …

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