Opera Archives - Detroit Opera

Detroit Opera Celebrates Fifty Years of Detroit Pride

In 1972, just three years after New York’s Stonewall Riots, the Michigan Gay Confederation organized Detroit’s first gay pride march. Hundreds of participants rallied proudly down Woodward Avenue in one of America’s earliest examples of LGBTQ+ organizing.   Today,  June 24th, marks the fiftieth anniversary of Detroit Pride, a milestone that we are also celebrating …

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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!   Jeffrey Profoundly beautiful and meaningful. So grateful for this wonderful performance. Pam I thoroughly enjoy the performance. Nancy I think it is great that the Detroit Opera house is stepping outside of the box and bringing new performances …

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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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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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Reviews: Bliss

Learn more about the production here. Have time to take a quick 1-min survey? Click Here!   Rachel Hoh This was my first time experiencing opera live and it was nothing short of life changing. When I first entered the performance space, I cried! The majesty of the Michigan Theater combined with the sheer willpower …

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In Conversation: Ragnar Kjartansson and Yuval Sharon

Michigan Opera Theatre’s Artistic Director Yuval Sharon and Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson have never met but have talked online numerous times. This time, Yuval is at the Detroit Opera House, and Ragnar is at home in Iceland, where Yuval meets his children. One is three years old and “ridiculously sweet” and another is eleven, an …

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Anthony Davis’s X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X to have its Metropolitan Opera premiere

“As a composer, I am thrilled to help create X as an opera for today that speaks to the future as well as the past.” — Anthony Davis The upcoming Michigan Opera Theatre production of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Anthony Davis’s X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X directed by Robert O’Hara and conducted by Kazem Abdullah will premiere at The Metropolitan Opera …

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