All Opera & Dance Performances

Our upcoming events are listed below:


Rigoletto
2017/2018 Opera
Rigoletto
Known for pushing the envelope, Rigoletto keeps audiences on the edge of their seats with a thrilling score and a heartbreaking tale of love, lies and sacrifice. Giuseppe Verdi’s classic is updated in this production by Jonathan Miller. Set in 1950s Little Italy, New York, Rigoletto tells the story of a mafia boss whose womanizing ways lead to vengeance and tragedy when he seduces the daughter of his bartender, Rigoletto. Considered one of Verdi’s operatic masterpieces, Rigoletto is not to be missed.
Sat 10/21/17 7:30PM Rigoletto
Sun 10/22/17 2:30PM Rigoletto


Ballet Hispanico
2017/2018 Dance
Ballet Hispanico
Recognized as one of the nation’s leading Latino dance organizations, Ballet Hispánico brings an all-Latina choreographer program with works by Michelle Manzanales, Tania Pérez-Salas and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. The program will explore iconic Mexican symbols, the circularity of the human condition and the hallmark passion of flamenco dance.
Sat 10/28/17 7:30PM Ballet Hispanico
Sun 10/29/17 2:30PM Ballet Hispanico


Kathleen Battle
2017/2018 Other
Kathleen Battle
Since making her professional opera debut with MOT in 1975, Kathleen Battle has soared to classical music heights, winning five Grammys and worldwide acclaim. This legendary soprano continues to hold audiences spellbound with her luminous voice that is “… without question, one of the very few most beautiful in the world.” (The Washington Post)
Sun 11/5/17 4:00PM Kathleen Battle


The Marriage of Figaro
2017/2018 Opera
The Marriage of Figaro
Regarded by many as the greatest opera of all time, this tale of deception is a romantic comedy accompanied by some of the most beautiful and familiar music ever written. Mozart takes audiences on a hilarious adventure as Figaro and Susanna overcome plotting and jealousy to make it to their wedding day. A winning combination of music and mischief.
Sat 11/11/17 7:30PM The Marriage of Figaro
Wed 11/15/17 7:30PM The Marriage of Figaro
Sat 11/18/17 7:30PM The Marriage of Figaro
Sun 11/19/17 2:30PM The Marriage of Figaro


The Nutcracker
2017/2018 Dance
The Nutcracker
Don’t miss the Detroit premiere of the Cincinnati Ballet’s original yet tradition-honoring production of The Nutcracker. The elaborate scenery, whimsical stage effects and awe-inspiring acrobatics fill the ballet “with a sense of humor, love and wonder that pulls the affair together.” (The Washington Post)
Sat 11/25/17 2:30PM The Nutcracker
Sat 11/25/17 7:30PM The Nutcracker
Sun 11/26/17 2:30PM The Nutcracker


Too Hot To Handel
2017/2018 Other
Too Hot To Handel
THE JAZZ GOSPEL MESSIAH ~ ONE SHOW ONLY

A holiday tradition too hot to miss! This soul-stirring, toe-tapping rendition of Handel’s Messiah never fails to bring audiences to their feet. It’s an exhilarating fusion of gospel, jazz and classical music performed by the Rackham Symphony Choir, the Too Hot Orchestra and an all-star cast of soloists. This is a celebration unlike any other.
Sat 12/16/17 7:30PM Too Hot To Handel


A Winter Fantasy
2017/2018 Other
A Winter Fantasy
Concert and Silent Auction

Ring in the season with with beautiful holiday music sung by the Michigan Opera Theatre Children’s Chorus
Sun 12/17/17 4:00PM A Winter Fantasy


Romeo & Juliet
2017/2018 Dance
Romeo & Juliet
Following sold–out performances of The Sleeping Beauty two years ago, American Ballet Theatre returns with one of their signature productions. The Shakespeare tragedy of star-crossed lovers comes to life in this rich and sensual interpretation by Kenneth MacMillan. Sergei Prokofiev’s instantly recognizable music underscores the lyric beauty and passion of this beloved ballet. Presented in partnership with University Musical Society.
Thu 2/8/18 7:30PM Romeo & Juliet
Fri 2/9/18 7:30PM Romeo & Juliet
Sat 2/10/18 7:30PM Romeo & Juliet
Sun 2/11/18 2:30PM Romeo & Juliet


27
2017/2018 Opera
27
Travel back in time to the inspired gatherings at 27 rue de Fleurus in Paris, where American expatriates Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas hosted luminaries of art and literature such as Pablo Picasso, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henri Matisse and Ernest Hemingway. The opera explores themes of love, loss, change and art set throughout two world wars. Presented in partnership with Macomb Center for the Performing Arts.
Sat 3/10/18 7:30PM 27 @ Macomb Center
Sun 3/11/18 2:30PM 27 @ Macomb Center


The Dance Theatre of Harlem
2017/2018 Dance
The Dance Theatre of Harlem
“One of ballet’s most exciting undertakings.” (The New York Times)

Dance Theatre of Harlem has achieved unprecedented success. Using the language of ballet they celebrate African American culture, and bring new life to the art form. Audiences have come to love their thrilling performances that empower and inspire.
Sat 3/24/18 7:30PM The Dance Theatre of Harlem
Sun 3/25/18 2:30PM The Dance Theatre of Harlem


Tosca
2017/2018 Opera
Tosca
Lust, betrayal, murder — nothing says drama quite like Puccini’s Tosca, one of the most popular operas of all time. Amid an unstable 1800s Italy, fiery diva Tosca must fight to save her rebellious lover from an evil police chief. This all new MOT co-production with the Cincinnati Opera perfectly sets the stage for an exhilarating ride of emotional extremes.
Sat 4/7/18 7:30PM Tosca
Wed 4/11/18 7:30PM Tosca
Sat 4/14/18 7:30PM Tosca
Sun 4/15/18 2:30PM Tosca


Paul Taylor Dance Company
2017/2018 Dance
Paul Taylor Dance Company
Celebrating more than a half a century of work, Paul Taylor Dance Company brings a wide range of expression to American modern dance. With 143 dances made since 1954, the company has been a pioneer in its field, offering cogent observations on life’s complexities and society’s toughest issues.
Sat 4/21/18 7:30PM Paul Taylor Dance Company
Sun 4/22/18 2:30PM Paul Taylor Dance Company


H.M.S Pinafore
2017/2018 Other
H.M.S Pinafore
PERFORMED BY MOT CHILDREN’S CHORUS

Michigan Opera Theatre Children’s Chorus presents Gilbert & Sullivan’s first smash hit full of their notorious satire and legendary tunesmithing. The Captain’s daughter is in love with a common sailor, but alas, betrothed to the First Lord of the Admiralty. Happily for them, “things are seldom what they seem.”
Sat 4/28/18 2:30PM H.M.S Pinafore


The Summer King
2017/2018 Opera
The Summer King
The Summer King tells the story of Negro Leagues baseball legend Josh Gibson, considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time. It’s a story of talent, heartbreak and one man’s journey to overcome prejudice and discrimination. MOT is proud to present this groundbreaking new work co-produced with the Pittsburgh Opera.
Sat 5/12/18 7:30PM The Summer King
Wed 5/16/18 7:30PM The Summer King
Sat 5/19/18 7:30PM The Summer King
Sun 5/20/18 2:30PM The Summer King