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Ballet and dinner at MOT 2/16 is for love and dance

Show Announcement February 09, 2019

DETROIT, Mich.–Michigan Opera Theatre will present a ballet program featuring ballet legend Alessandra Ferri and ballet stars from American Ballet Theatre, English National Ballet, La Scala Theatre Ballet and the Boston Ballet, among others. “Alessandra Ferri: Art of the Pas de Deux” will include a series of classical ballet duets including “Swan Lake,” “La Sylphide” and “The Dying Swan,” as well as several contemporary works.

The program will take place Feb. 16, Valentine’s Weekend, and also offer “Ballet with Your Beloved,” an intimate pre-show dinner.

“This program is incredibly romantic and a perfect experience to share with your loved one for Valentine’s Day,” said MOT Principal Conductor Stephen Lord. “Alessandra Ferri is one of ballet’s biggest stars, and we are thrilled to present her to our Detroit audiences, along with other world-renowned dancers.”

Ferri holds the rare title of “prima ballerina assoluta,” “absolute first principal ballerina.” The honor is awarded to the best female dancers in a generation and has only been bestowed upon 11 women since its inception in 1894. Ferri, 55, has enjoyed a career longer than most ballet dancers. She has performed with the world’s most prestigious companies including the Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and La Scala Theatre Ballet, as well as with the best choreographers and dancers in the industry.

In addition to Ferri, dancers include principal dancers Herman Cornejo (American Ballet Theatre), Marcelo Gomes (The Sarasota Ballet, American Ballet Theatre), Jeffrey Cirio (English National Ballet, American Ballet Theatre), Misa Kuranaga (Boston Ballet), Ricardo Graziano (The Sarasota Ballet), Oksana Maslova (Pennsylvania Ballet) and Kate Honea (The Sarasota Ballet). The program will be performed to live music from the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra, conducted by David LaMarche, and will also feature soprano Mary-Hollis Hundley.

“Ballet with Your Beloved” will feature a seated dinner in the Detroit Opera House Black Box Theatre, serving gourmet food including sautéed shrimp and filet mignon. Tickets include valet parking and a take-home box of truffles.

The program is made possible by 2018-19 Dance Sponsor, Lear Corporation.

Ticket prices for the performance range from $30-$90. Ticket prices for the dinner are $125 and do not include tickets for the performance. Tickets may be purchased online at www.MichiganOpera.org<http://www.michiganopera.org/>, by calling (313) 237-7464 or in person at the Detroit Opera House (1526 Broadway, Detroit). Additional information is available at https://michiganopera.org/dance/alessandra-ferri-art-of-the-pas-de-deux/.

Alessandra Ferri: Art of the Pas de Deux

Saturday, Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m.


La Sylphide
Dancers: Oksana Maslova, Jeffrey Cirio
Choreography: August Bournonville
Music: Jean-Madeleine Schneitzhoeffer

Mirrors That Hang from Family Trees
Dancer: Marcelo Gomes
Choreography: Nicholas Palmquist
Music: Agnes Obel
Piano: Ivan Moshchuk

The Dying Swan
Dancer: Misa Kuranaga
Choreography: Mikhail Fokine
Music: Camille Saint-Saëns
Cello: Andre Yun
Harp: Patricia Terry-Ross

Concerto Six Twenty Two
Dancers: Marcelo Gomes, Ricardo Graziano
Choreography: Lar Lubovich
Music: W.A. Mozart, Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra
Clarinet: Brian Bowman

Dancers: Alessandra Ferri, Herman Cornejo
Choreography: Wayne McGregor
Music: Nils Frahm

Swan Lake – White Swan Pas de Deux
Dancers: Oksana Maslova, Herman Cornejo
Choreography: Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Swan Lake – Black Swan Pas de Deux
Dancers: Misa Kuranaga, Jeffrey Cirio
Choreography: Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

After the Rain
Dancers: Alessandra Ferri, Marcelo Gomes
Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon
Music: Arvo Pärt
Violin: Eliot Heaton
Piano: Ivan Moshchuk

Shall I breathe?
Dancers: Ricardo Graziano, Kate Honea
Singer: Mary-Hollis Hundley
Choreography: Marco Pelle
Music: “Mild Und Leise”, (Tristan Und Isolde), Richard Wagner

Le Parc
Dancers: Alessandra Ferri, Herman Cornejo
Choreography: Angelin Preljocaj
Music: Andante from W.A. Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A
Violin: Eliot Heaton
Piano: Ivan Moshchuk

Ballet with Your Beloved Menu

Beet and Corn Polenta Cake
layered with spinach and cream cheese, red pepper coulis and smoked salmon rose

Fresh Jumbo Gulf Shrimp Sautéed to Order
tossed in a white wine, lemon and crab butter sauce
accented with asparagus tips, crumbled applewood smoked bacon
savory rolls, citrus butter

Chargrilled Filet of Beef Tenderloin with Zip Sauce
yukon gold potato tower accented with Gorgonzola cream

Moroccan Chickpea Cake with Lemongrass and Coconut Reduction
pea, arugula and mint salad
sliced baguettes

Opera Cakes
layers of sponge cake, coffee buttercream, chocolate ganache
topped with chocolate mirror glaze

Week of 7/15/2019

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