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Michigan Opera Theatre announces 2015-2016 Opera Season

Season Announcement March 24, 2015

Article: 9496; Posted: March 24, 2015 at 10:30 p.m.

DETROIT – Michigan Opera Theatre (MOT) announced today the details of its 2015-16 opera and season, and an upcoming milestone – 20 years of performances in one of the region’s cultural landmarks, the Detroit Opera House. The company’s 45th opera season includes four main stage productions – La Boheme, Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s The Passenger, Macbeth, and The Magic Flute, and an opera in the community, The Tender Land by Aaron Copland, which will be performed in venues to be determined, throughout metro Detroit. The Passenger, a stirring dramatic piece that takes place during and just after the Holocaust, marks the third in MOT’s contemporary opera initiative, “Opera of Our Time,” following 2014’s A View from the Bridge by William Bolcom and 2015’s Frida by Robert Xavier Rodriguez.

“This is our 20th anniversary in the Detroit Opera House,” said Founder and Artistic Director David DiChiera. “And this season, we’re offering marvelous productions with music by some of the world’s greatest composers — Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Verdi, and Puccini – performed by some of the world’s leading artists. And with The Passenger, I think audiences will be astonished by the power and beauty of an opera that had been suppressed by a totalitarian Soviet regime for more than 40 years. But before that, you’ll fall in love all over again with the opera that launched MOT’s first season at the Detroit Opera House, La Bohème. It’s really going to be a great year.”

Puccini’s LA BOHEME
October 17-25, 2015
Performed in Italian with English supertitles
At some point in your life, in everyone’s life, we all endure the same trials: love and loss and bliss and heartbreak. That’s especially true in Giacomo Puccini’s story of Mimi and Rodolfo, a poor, young couple seeking a lovers’ paradise among their resilient, struggling friends in the Latin Quarter of Paris. A scintillating, easily-accessible romantic adventure for lovers of any age.
Production highlights: Featuring Nicole Cabell as Mimi, Sean Panikkar as Rodolfo, Rodion Pogossov as Marcello, Marina Costa Jackson as Musetta. Leonardo Vordoni conducts. Cabell last appeared as Violetta in MOT’s 2013 production of La Traviata, under Vordoni’s baton.

November 14-22, 2015
Performed in German and Polish with English supertitles
In Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s opera – only recently discovered after having been suppressed for more than 40 years – a West German diplomat, Walter, and his wife, Liese, are ocean-bound for a new posting in Brazil. Unbeknownst to her husband, Liese once served as an SS officer in Auschwitz. There’s another woman on the same cruise ship, a passenger whose mere existence haunts Liese. Guilt and denial, lies and truth, fear and courage, and love – it’s all here in an artistic and emotional experience you’ll never forget.
Production highlights: Featuring Adrienn Miksch as Marta, Daveda Karanas as Liese, David Danholt as Walter, Anna Gorbachyova as Katya. Steven Mercurio conducts; original stage direction by David Poutney in a production from the Bregenzer Festspiele.

April 16-24, 2016
Performed in Italian with English supertitles
“Double double, toil and trouble/Fire burn and cauldron bubble…” Obsession for power and moving heaven and earth to seize control are not new stories. They play out every day in palaces, town squares, and homes all over the world. In William Shakespeare’s classic morality tale about using murder to take the crown of Scotland, retold brilliantly by Giuseppe Verdi, we learn once again to be careful what we wish for.
Production highlights: Featuring Steven Powell as Macbeth, Csilla Boross as Lady Macbeth, Leonardo Capalbo as Macduff, Burak Bilgili as Banquo. Valerio Galli conducts and Bernard Uzan directs.

May 14-22, 2016
Performed in English with English supertitles
A quest for enlightenment and honor…A mystical story about the power of love…A young prince discovers a flute with magic and a girl who will make him whole. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s fantastical and hilarious tale draws you into a world of magic fantasy, complete with a giant serpent, a secret brotherhood, and a lovesick bird catcher.

Dates TBD
Performed in English with English supertitles
Originally commissioned by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II in the 1950s, Aaron Copland crafted this distinctively American tale. Set in the Midwest during the depths of the depression but written during the notorious McCarthy era, this is a story of a farm girl’s first love to an itinerant worker and the evil power of gossip and paranoia that seeks to wreck their relationship.

Subscription price range: $87 – $447 four operas; The Tender Land will be an add-on option.
Single ticket price range: $29 – $160; on sale to the general public August 15, 2015.

About Michigan Opera Theatre
Michigan Opera Theatre (Wayne S. Brown, President and CEO; Dr. David DiChiera, Founder and Artistic Director), one of the nation’s most vibrant nonprofit arts organizations, is committed to presenting opera and dance of the highest artistic caliber. Founded in 1971, the company’s mission is to serve as a major cultural resource to the state of Michigan and the city of Detroit.

Visit the website at www.michiganopera.org. Events, dates, and artists subject to change.

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