All Opera & Dance Performances

Our upcoming events are listed below:

2014/2015 Opera
Strauss's ELEKTRA October 18-26, 2014
Sung in German with English supertitles

Our 2014-2015 season opens with the Strauss shocker, Elektra. Maddened by her father's murder at the hands of her mother, Elektra seeks revenge.

Elektra calls for a large orchestra and rare voices powerful enough to carry it. Opera superstar and Grammy-winner Christine Goerke (American soprano) will sing all four performances of the demanding title role.

Also starring Jill Grove (Klytemnestra), Jennifer Check ((Chrysothemis), Thomas Gazheli (Oreste), Richard Margison (Aegisth), and Elizabeth Byrne (The Overseer). Steven Mercurio conducts and Nicholas Muni directs.
Wed 10/22/14 7:30PM Elektra
Sat 10/25/14 7:30PM Elektra
Sun 10/26/14 2:30PM Elektra

2014/2015 Dance
Houston Ballet: GISELLE November 1-2, 2014

In its first performances at the Detroit Opera House, Houston Ballet presents the world's most famous romantic ballet, Giselle. Giselle tells the story of a beautiful peasant girl who's deceived by nobleman Count Albrecht, dies of a broken heart, is transferred to the supernatural world of the Wilis (the ghosts of women betrayed on their wedding day), and ultimately saves her lover with forgiveness. The ballet was choreographed by Jules Perrot and Jean Coralli to a commissioned score by Adolphe Adam, and it originally premiered in Paris on June 28, 1841.

At the helm of Houston Ballet as artistic director since 2003, Australian choreographer Stanton Welch has choreographed for dance companies worldwide, and created eighteen new works especially for Houston Ballet. Under his leadership, the company has expanded its repertory of new work and collaborated with major American dance companies.
Sat 11/1/14 7:30PM Giselle
Sun 11/2/14 2:30PM Giselle

Madame Butterfly
2014/2015 Opera
Madame Butterfly
Puccini's MADAME BUTTERFLY Novemebr 15-23, 2015
Sung in Italian with English supertitles

An unwary geisha abandons her culture to wed an American Naval officer, not realizing that she's a temporary amusement to him. "Butterfly" then faithfully awaits her husband's return from a long mission, only to discover that he has remarried.

The role of Cio Cio San (Butterfly) is among the most heartbreaking in the soprano repertory. Sopranos Inna Los and Donata D'Annuzio Lombardi will alternate in the title role.

Noah Stewart stars as Pinkerton, Michael Mayes sings the role of Sharpless. Steven Lord conducts; Benard Uzan directs.
Sat 11/15/14 7:30PM Madame Butterfly
Wed 11/19/14 7:30PM Madame Butterfly
Fri 11/21/14 7:30PM Madame Butterfly
Sat 11/22/14 7:30PM Madame Butterfly
Sun 11/23/14 2:30PM Madame Butterfly

Nutcracker Lunch
2014/2015 Miscellaneous
Nutcracker Lunch

Family Friendly Buffet:
Detroit Opera House Salad, Chicken Fingers
Mini Frankfurter Bar, Chicken Florentine Alfredo
Twisted Mac & Cheese, Holiday Marshmallow Squares
Fri 11/28/14 11:00AM Nutcracker Lunch
Fri 11/28/14 12:45PM Nutcracker Lunch
Sat 11/29/14 11:00AM Nutcracker Lunch
Sat 11/29/14 12:45PM Nutcracker Lunch
Sun 11/30/14 11:00AM Nutcracker Lunch
Sun 11/30/14 12:45PM Nutcracker Lunch

The Nutcracker
2014/2015 Dance
The Nutcracker
BalletMet Columbus: THE NUTCRACKER November 28-30, 2014

The Opera House continues its annual holiday tradition with the return of BalletMet Columbus' production of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker. For five magical performances, this holiday event features a talented cast of more than 100 professional company dancers and local children, with larger-than-life characters, narration by Sir Roger Moore, and Tchaikovsky's glorious score played by the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra.

A variety of holiday activities at the Detroit Opera House make The Nutcracker a family outing that children and adults cherish for years to come. Festivities will again feature special family matinees that include box lunches, reindeer, photos with Santa and the Nutcracker, and a special opportunity to meet Nutcracker dancers on the stage in the Sugar Plum Parade.

BalletMet Columbus, renowned for its versatility and innovative repertory, ranks among the nation's largest dance companies, and its Dance Academy ranks among the largest dance-training centers. Since its inception in 1978, BalletMet has added 154 company premieres to its repertoire and produced 126 world premieres.
Fri 11/28/14 2:30PM The Nutcracker
Fri 11/28/14 7:30PM The Nutcracker
Sat 11/29/14 2:30PM The Nutcracker
Sat 11/29/14 7:30PM The Nutcracker
Sun 11/30/14 2:30PM The Nutcracker

Too Hot To Handel
2014/2015 Other
Too Hot To Handel


The jazz gospel Messiah returns with tenor Rodrick Dixon, soprano Alfreda Burke and alto Karen Marie Richardson. They are joined by Alvin Waddles on piano, Dave Taylor on drums, Marion Hayden on bass and the Too Hot Orchestra. This update of George Frideric Handel’s grand oratorio is guaranteed to have you dancing in your seat. Join us for an uplifiting musical celebration that incorporates elements of R&B, gospel and jazz-a musical experience unlike any other.

Conducted by Suzanne Mallare Acton

Presented by the Detroit Opera House and Rackham Symphony Choir

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Sat 12/6/14 7:30PM Too Hot To Handel

A Winter Fantasy
2014/2015 Other
A Winter Fantasy
A Winter Fantasy

Ring in the season with beautiful choral music. Treat yourself, family and friends to an elegant evening at one of Detroit's cultural gems at an unbelievable price! Doors open at 2:30 p.m. to register for the silent auction at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $30 for adults 8 and up, $15 for children, and free for children 4 and under. Tickets include entrance to the concert, silent auction, and strolling hors d'oeuvres.

Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 3:00
Sun 12/7/14 3:00PM A Winter Fantasy

2014/2015 Opera
Rodriguez's FRIDA
at The Macomb Center for the Performing Arts - Sat. Mar. 7, 2015 and Sun. Mar. 8, 2015
at The Berman Center for the Performing Arts - Sat. Mar. 21, 2015 and Sun. Mar. 22, 2015
at The Detroit Film Theatre at the DIA - Sat. Mar. 28, 2015
Sung in English with English supertitles

March 2015

MOT is expanding its outreach to the metro Detroit community with a co-production of Robert Xavier Rodriguez's Frida. This thrilling contemporary work will run in tandem with the DIA's exhibition, "Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit."

The opera focuses on the tumultuous life of the Mexican painter, celebrating her vivacious spirit, sexuality, and fragility, with music as colorful as her artwork.