All Opera & Dance Performances

Our upcoming events are listed below:

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
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.
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

The Light Show
2014/2015 Dance
The Light Show
Eisenhower Dance: THE LIGHT SHOW January 31, 2015

Metro Detroit's signature dance company returns to the MOT stage for one performance of an exciting new work, The Light Show. The piece cleverly pairs four dancers with four lighting designers for an evening of edgy, colorful movement and multimedia.

Founded by Artistic Director Laurie Eisenhower in 1991, EDE has been dedicated to the performance of a diverse range of contemporary dance works, including Eisenhower's own highly acclaimed choreography.
Sat 1/31/15 7:30PM The Light Show

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.
Sat 3/7/15 7:30PM Macomb Center- Sat Eve- Frida
Sun 3/8/15 2:30PM Macomb Center- Sun Mat- Frida
Sat 3/21/15 7:30PM Berman Center- Sat Eve- Frida
Sun 3/22/15 2:30PM Berman Center- Sun Mat- Frida
Sat 3/28/15 7:30PM DIA- Sat Eve -Frida

Alvin Ailey American Dance
2014/2015 Dance
Alvin Ailey American Dance

Back by popular demand, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to the Detroit Opera House, performing Ailey classics and new works by contemporary choreographers. Always a favorite of Detroit audiences, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will bring its extraordinary movement range, electrifying energy and soulful spirit to Detroit for a limited five-performance engagement.

Founded in 1958 by dance pioneer Alvin Ailey, the company has earned a reputation as an international ambassador for American culture, bringing its expansive repertory, community outreach efforts and masterful artistry to cities around the world. Since 2011, Robert Battle has led AAADT as artistic director, and guides the company to continue the fulfillment of Ailey's dream to "touch everyone's heart through dance."
Thu 3/19/15 7:30PM Alvin Ailey American Dance
Fri 3/20/15 7:30PM Alvin Ailey American Dance
Sat 3/21/15 2:30PM Alvin Ailey American Dance
Sat 3/21/15 7:30PM Alvin Ailey American Dance
Sun 3/22/15 2:30PM Alvin Ailey American Dance

The Merry Widow
2014/2015 Opera
The Merry Widow
Lehár's THE MERRY WIDOW April 11-19, 2015
Sung in English with English supertitles

The Merry Widow revolves around a rich widow whose wealth would be transferred to her next husband, were she to remarry. Lehar's rollicking operetta fills the air with waltzes as the locals scramble to keep the widow from leaving the country with a foreign guy and all her loot.

Renowned soprano Deborah Voight sings the lead role in all four performances. MOT last produced the work at the Fisher Theatre in 1984.

Ted Sperling conducts.
Sat 4/11/15 7:30PM The Merry Widow
Wed 4/15/15 7:30PM The Merry Widow
Sat 4/18/15 7:30PM The Merry Widow
Sun 4/19/15 2:30PM The Merry Widow

2014/2015 Opera
Gounod's FAUST May 9-17, 2015
Sung in French with English supertitles

Gounod's grand opera Faust is among the 20 most often performed operas. The title character makes a pact with the devil, exchanging eternity for youth and temporal love.

Caitlin Lynch (Donna Anna, MOT's 2010 Don Giovanni) sings the role of Marguerite, the woman Méphistophélès uses to lure Faust to hell. In the process, Marguerite nearly loses her own soul, but manages to beat the devil at last.

Russel Thomas sings the title role, Matt Boehler appears as Méphistophélès. Steven Mercurio conducts; Bernard Uzan directs.
Sat 5/9/15 7:30PM Faust
Wed 5/13/15 7:30PM Faust
Sat 5/16/15 7:30PM Faust
Sun 5/17/15 2:30PM Faust