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2021-22 Opera and Dance Season


September 11-12, 2021

Blue tells the story of a loving, tight-knit family in modern-day Harlem struggling against increasing odds as the father proudly dons the blue uniform of NYPD while his son grows more politically active and socially aware. Caught between them, the mother endures her own struggles as peacemaker.



September 25, 2021

BLISS replays three sublime minutes of The Marriage of Figaro with the same cast and same orchestra without pause for twelve hours in order to create the feeling of an eternal looped moment of repentance and grace, of free-falling in sublime transcendence in this immersive experience.


Dance Theatre of Harlem

January 22-23, 2022

Passage, examines the fortitude of the human spirit in recognition of the 400th anniversary of enslaved Africans arriving in Virginia. Higher Ground, the brilliant, Stevie Wonder-inspired social anthem from resident choreographer Robert Garland, is “a marvel” (The New York Times).



February 26-27, 2022

A sensation in MOT’s 2014-2015 season, the Detroit production of Frida is considered one of the most powerful presentations of this authentic, inspiring opera. Frida returns with the original cast including Catalina Cuervo as Frida and Ricardo Herrera as Diego Rivera.


Ballet Hispánico

March 19-20, 2022

Audience favorite Ballet Hispánico returns with an evening of the Detroit premiere of Doña Perón: The Rise and Fall of a Diva, a full-length ballet celebrating one of the most spellbinding women of South American history. With choreography by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and music by Peters Salem.


La bohème

April 2-10, 2022

How do we go from tragedy to hope? From death to life? From loneliness to love? In this visionary treatment of Puccini’s opus La bohème, MOT does just that — by presenting the opera in reverse order. This reversal presents the characters and arias we love in a refreshing, new vision of the story.


X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X

May 14-22, 2022

This distinctly American opera by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Anthony Davis (Central Park Five) and directed by Tony-nominee Robert O’Hara (Slave Play) features a jazz ensemble incorporated into the orchestra and MOT 21-22 Artist-in-Residence Davóne Tines embodying the role of Malcolm X.