All Opera & Dance Performances

Our upcoming events are listed below:

La Boheme
2015/2016 Opera
La Boheme
Giacomo Puccini


Oh, to be young and in love in Paris! Whether it is your first time experiencing La Bohème or the umpteenth time, Puccini’s magic never fails to cast its extraordinary spell with indelible memories! We guarantee you will laugh, cry and cheer!

Featuring the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra, conducted by Leonardo Vordoni.
Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

Sat 10/17/15 7:30PM La Boheme
Wed 10/21/15 7:30PM La Boheme
Sat 10/24/15 7:30PM La Boheme
Sun 10/25/15 2:30PM La Boheme

The Passenger
2015/2016 Opera
The Passenger
Mieczyslaw Weinberg


Detroit is only the third American city to host this monumental opera, which will soon debut in Tel Aviv and Warsaw. Guilt! Denial! Lies! Truth! Fear! Courage! Love! They’re all here in this bold, artistic and emotional take on the Holocaust that you will never forget. One of the largest productions to ever grace the stage of the Detroit Opera House!

Featuring the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra, conducted by MOT favorite Steven Mercurio. Sung in five languages: Polish, Russian, French, German, Yiddish and Czech with English supertitles.
Sat 11/14/15 7:30PM The Passenger
Wed 11/18/15 7:30PM The Passenger
Sat 11/21/15 7:30PM The Passenger
Sun 11/22/15 2:30PM The Passenger

Nutcracker Lunch
2015/2016 Miscellaneous
Nutcracker Lunch
Fri 11/27/15 11:00AM Nutcracker Lunch
Fri 11/27/15 12:30PM Nutcracker Lunch
Sat 11/28/15 11:00AM Nutcracker Lunch
Sat 11/28/15 12:30PM Nutcracker Lunch
Sun 11/29/15 11:00AM Nutcracker Lunch
Sun 11/29/15 12:30PM Nutcracker Lunch
Sat 12/5/15 11:00AM Nutcracker Lunch
Sat 12/5/15 12:30PM Nutcracker Lunch
Sun 12/6/15 11:00AM Nutcracker Lunch
Sun 12/6/15 12:30PM Nutcracker Lunch

The Nutcracker
2015/2016 Dance
The Nutcracker
BalletMet Columbus


Detroit’s original holiday tradition! Journey to the land of the sweets! BalletMet Columbus, one of the nation’s most respected dance companies, returns with an enchanting interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s magical holiday classic.

FAMILY MATINEES INCLUDE: • Live reindeer prior to performance
• Photos with Santa & Nutcracker • Kid-friendly buffet for purchase
• Holiday-themed craftmaking for the kids courtesy of Arts & Scraps
• Free samples of holiday ice cream courtesy of Treat Dreams
• The Sugar Plum Parade on stage following the performance

Featuring the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra, conducted by Peter Stafford Wilson, associate conductor of the Columbus Symphony.
Fri 11/27/15 2:30PM The Nutcracker
Sat 11/28/15 2:30PM The Nutcracker
Sat 11/28/15 7:30PM The Nutcracker
Sun 11/29/15 2:30PM The Nutcracker
Sat 12/5/15 2:30PM The Nutcracker
Sat 12/5/15 7:30PM The Nutcracker
Sun 12/6/15 2:30PM The Nutcracker

Too Hot To Handel
2015/2016 Other
Too Hot To Handel

A glorious 21st -century reinvention of Handel’s Messiah! Thrilling audiences for over a decade, Too Hot to Handel has become a Detroit holiday favorite. Motor City jazz legends like Marion Hayden, Alvin Waddles and Dave Taylor, along with members of the “Too Hot” Orchestra and the Rackham Choir, join renowned soloists Rodrick Dixon, Alfreda Burke and Karen Marie Richardson in this uplifting celebration of life.


SAT., DEC. 12, 2015 | 7:30 PM
Sat 12/12/15 7:30PM Too Hot To Handel

A Winter Fantasy
2015/2016 Other
A Winter Fantasy

Concert and Silent Auction

Ring in the holidays with the Michigan Opera Theatre Children’s Chorus!
Sun 12/13/15 3:00PM A Winter Fantasy

Eisenhower Dance
2015/2016 Dance
Eisenhower Dance


This special evening will celebrate 25 years of contemporary brilliance with Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and other dazzling dances from Eisenhower Dance’s vast repertoire. The Chicago Tribune hails Eisenhower Dance performances as “a hand clapping delight... a nice balance between hip fun and serious dance!”

Sat 1/23/16 7:30PM Eisenhower Dance

The Dance Theatre of Harlem
2015/2016 Dance
The Dance Theatre of Harlem

Now in its fourth decade of excellence, Dance Theatre of Harlem continues to bring bold, new forms of artistic expression to worldwide audiences. Do not miss this multicultural institution perform pieces from its unparalleled repertoire.

Fri 2/12/16 7:30PM Dance Theatre of Harlem
Sat 2/13/16 7:30PM Dance Theatre of Harlem
Sun 2/14/16 2:30PM Dance Theatre of Harlem

The Tender Land
2015/2016 Opera
The Tender Land


A rarely performed American classic! Romantic and youthful dreams are the components of Copland’s coming-of-age story. Set in the Midwest of the 1930s, young Laurie is determined to escape the family farm and find true love in this classic tale that will arrest you with its lyrical beauty and soaring melodies.

A co-production with Macomb Center for the Performing Arts in conjunction with the Heinz C. Prechter Educational and Performing Arts Center. Sung in English with English supertitles.


44575 Garfield Rd. at Hall Rd., Clinton Township | 586.286.2141
SAT., MAR. 12, 2016 | 7:30 PM
SUN., MAR. 13, 2016 | 2:30 PM


21000 Northline Rd. just east of Allen Rd., Taylor
SAT., MAR. 19, 2016 | 7:30 PM
SUN., MAR. 20, 2016 | 2:30 PM
To purchase tickets: | 313.327.7464
Sat 3/12/16 7:30PM The Tender Land
Sun 3/13/16 2:30PM The Tender Land
Sat 3/19/16 7:30PM The Tender Land
Sun 3/20/16 2:30PM The Tender Land

The Sleeping Beauty
2015/2016 Dance
The Sleeping Beauty
American Ballet Theatre


One kiss can change everything! Michigan Opera Theatre and Ann Arbor’s University Musical Society join forces to bring this spectacular production to the stage of the Detroit Opera House. This is ballet on the grandest scale, with superstar dancers, opulent sets and costumes, and Tchaikovsky’s ravishing score performed live by the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra.

Choreography by Marius Petipa. Staging and additional choreography by Alexi Ratmansky. UMS will provide round-trip luxury coach service for a nominal fee on Friday and Saturday. Family fun activities at the Sunday matinee!
Thu 3/31/16 7:30PM American Ballet Theatre
Fri 4/1/16 7:30PM American Ballet Theatre
Sat 4/2/16 7:30PM American Ballet Theatre
Sun 4/3/16 2:30PM American Ballet Theatre

2015/2016 Opera
Giuseppe Verdi

Based on William Shakespeare’s classic thriller, Macbeth. Incited by the promptings of his manipulative wife, Macbeth sells his soul to be king. Once a great man, he trades honor for power.

Featuring the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra, conducted by Stephen Lord. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.
Sat 4/16/16 7:30PM Macbeth
Wed 4/20/16 7:30PM Macbeth
Sat 4/23/16 7:30PM Macbeth
Sun 4/24/16 2:30PM Macbeth

The Mikado
2015/2016 Other
The Mikado
The Michigan Opera Theatre Children’s Chorus

This beloved operetta, with its elegant score and hilarious plot, has been reimagined for a younger generation. Be prepared for an explosion of fun and color on stage with Japanese anime mixed with Candyland!

Sat 4/30/16 2:30PM The Mikado

The Magic Flute
2015/2016 Opera
The Magic Flute
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


The perfect opera for the entire family! Long before Harry Potter, Mozart had the forces of darkness and light battling it out and drawing us into a world of magical fantasy . . . complete with a goofy bird catcher, dinosaurs and dragons.

Featuring the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra, conducted by James Meena.
Sung in English with English supertitles.

Sat 5/14/16 7:30PM Magic Flute
Wed 5/18/16 7:30PM Magic Flute
Sat 5/21/16 7:30PM Magic Flute
Sun 5/22/16 2:30PM Magic Flute