June in Michigan is full of warm days and late-night sun. At the Detroit Opera House, June usually sees an influx of school graduation celebrations in our auditorium, the sounds of Comerica Park crowds enjoying daytime games and a time of reflection for the end of our season. This 2019-2020 season ended much differently than expected, but we are still proud of the amazing performances we shared and the memories we made with our audiences.
This season, over 21,500 patrons enjoyed performances at the Opera House before the stay-at-home orders began. Since launching MOT at Home, over 10,000 patrons have tuned in each week to the 21 virtual opera talks, 12 digital performances, and six High Notes Happy Hours that we have programmed. Thank you for your commitment and for continuing to support our organization.
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“Quel guardo, il cavaliere” from Don Pasquale
-Avery Boettcher and Michael Sherman
Creole Giselle: Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Ballet in the Bayou
Met Opera Previews
John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles (Austin Stewart, PhD)
Thomas Ades’s The Exterminating Angel (Austin Stewart, PhD)
MOT Learns at Home
Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Theara Ward: Morning Movement
TOMORROW: Enjoy a Virtual Concert from Opera Singers
Caitlin Lynch & Jonathan Lasch
MOT is proud to partner with the Chamber Music Society of Detroit to present Caitlin Lynch & Jonathan Lasch LIVE. The program, “Let Evening Come,” will be a program of American song that gives voice to feelings of confusion, grief, hope and love. It will feature music by Leonard Bernstein, William Bolcom, Jake Heggie and Wayne State’s own Norah Duncan IV, among others. Listen Saturday, June 13 (tomorrow) at 8:00 p.m. (“doors open” at 7:30 p.m.) on MOT’s Facebook page and YouTube.
MOT Summer Programs Go Virtual, Registration Now Open
Attention young performers: MOT’s summer programs Operetta Remix and Create & Perform are going virtual! Both will be conducted through Zoom, offering students 8-18 opportunities to hone their music and theatre skills and explore their creativity with MOT artists and directors.
Operetta Remix, Aug. 3-7, offers students ages 13-18 vocal coaching, acting instruction and dance workshops. In Create & Perform, Aug. 10-14, students ages 8-12 will write and compose short monologues, dialogues and songs which reflect the events of 2020 as they have experienced them.
Learn more and register
MOT Photo Recreation Contest Returns with Dance!
MOT’s Facebook photo contest has returned, this time with a dance focus! Participants are invited to re-create an image from a selection of MOT’s previous dance presentations. Photos should be submitted via Facebook in the comments below its corresponding image. MOT will pick a first and second place winner at the end of the month, with a submission deadline of noon on June 30th. First place wins two pairs of MOT tickets, second place wins one pair, both for next season. Be creative, have fun, don’t hurt yourselves!
View photos and participate here
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