Opera Archives - Detroit Opera

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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Reviews: Blue

Learn more about the production here. Gale A Phelps, Ocqueoc My daughter and I saw Blue together on Sunday, 9/12. We enjoyed it but, we couldn’t understand most of the singers, especially the females. With no subtitles, it was hit or miss. We both feel that if we had had the words, it would have …

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MOT commissions Detroit muralist Sheefy McFly for art piece inspired by Blue

In addition to MOT’s efforts to facilitate conversations surrounding Blue, Detroit visual artist Sheefy McFly has also been commissioned to create an original piece incorporating the themes of the opera. “Once I heard the description of BLUE, I had so many emotions evoked that I wanted to illustrate. Even though the color palette is calming, I …

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