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The Grand Rapids Ballet Company presents
October 16-24, 2010
November 26-28, 2010
The Joffrey Ballet
January 29-30, 2011
November 13-21, 2010
Too Hot to Handel
December 4, 2010
BOLD VISION. SOARING VOICES.
CELEBRATING 40 SEASONS OF OPERA.
The 2010 Fall Season is made possible by Ford Motor Company
Home of Michigan Opera Theatre David DiChiera, General Director
Renée Fleming soprano Hartmut Höll piano
Sun, Jan 16 | 4 pm
Hill Auditorium • Ann Arbor
One of the most beloved and celebrated musical ambassadors of our time, soprano Renée Fleming captivates audiences with her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry, and compelling stage presence. This great American soprano returns to UMS after her 1997 recital and her 2005 appearance in a concert version of Richard Strauss’s Daphne.
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Liebeslieder Waltzes: Songs and Waltzes of Love
Genia Kühmeier soprano Bernarda Fink mezzo-soprano Michael Schade tenor Thomas Quasthoff bass-baritone Malcolm Martineau piano Justus Zeyen piano
Sat, Apr 23 | 8 pm
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Spanische Liebeslieder, Op. 138 (1849) Liebeslieder Waltzes, Op. 52 (1868-69) Four Songs from Quartets for Four Voices and Pianos, Ops. 64 & 92 (1862-84) Neue Liebeslieder Waltzes, Op. 65 (1874)
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LETTER FROM DAVID DICHIERA .............................................. 4
THE MIKADO ...................................................................... 5
THE DYNAMIC DUO: TWO MEN WHO CHANGED ENGLISH OPERA .......... 7
LA BOHEME .......................................................................10
THE CAFÉ MOMUS, STILL FRESH AFTER 30 YEARS ............................. 12
THE GRAND RAPIDS BALLET: THE NUTCRACKER ........................14 TOO HOT TO HANDEL ........................................................18 THE JOFFREY BALLET...........................................................22 40 YEARS OF RICH HISTORY: A MICHIGAN OPERA THEATRE TIMELINE .................................26 MICHIGAN OPERA THEATRE
Board of Directors and Trustees .................................................... 25 Artist Profiles ................................................................................ 28 Community Programs and Learning at the Opera House, Dance Education, and MOTCC .................... 32 Chorus and Orchestra .................................................................. 35 Administration and Staff ............................................................... 46
Avanti Society ............................................................................... 36 Campaign to Restore the Detroit Opera House ............................. 37 Michigan Opera Theatre Contributors .......................................... 39 Volunteer Information .................................................................. 45 General Information ..................................................................... 47
Detroit Opera House
from the director
Welcome to Michigan Opera Theatre’s 40th season of opera.
Over its 40 year history, MOT has become known for presenting opera standards while integrating groundbreaking new works, fulfilling our mission through four decades of performance excellence and community involvement. Through the years opera has been a force for positive change in our city, the most visible being the opening of the Detroit Opera House in our reborn Theater District. We have also witnessed three world premieres, including the landmark Margaret Garner, Andrea Bocelli’s operatic debut in Werther, and the beginnings of many opera careers. Stars who graced our stage early in their careers include Gregg Baker, Marcello Giordani, Leona Mitchell, Maria Ewing, Kathleen Battle, and Leah Partridge. I’m immensely proud of what we, as a company and a community, have been able to accomplish in our 40 year history, but there is so much work left for us to do. Main stage works that entertain, inspire, and move us are at the core of what we do as a company. As the curtain rises on Michigan Opera Theatre’s 40th anniversary season, we commemorate this occasion with a season of audience favorites. Celebrating the 125th anniversary of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most famous operetta, our season opens with The Mikado — one of our most requested works, and one that has not been seen on the MOT stage since 1991. Journey to the fictitious town of Titipu, Japan as we witness a beloved satire of a bureaucratic society gone haywire. The musical score contains some of the bestloved songs of all time, including “Three Little Maids,” “The Flowers that Bloom in the Spring” and “I’ve Got a Little List.” The cast includes some familiar MOT favorites, including conductor Mark Flint and mezzosoprano Melissa Parks as the fiery Katisha; along with several MOT debuts, including Canadian tenor David Curry in the role of Nanki-Poo and Andriana Chuchman as Yum-Yum. In November, by popular demand, Giacomo Puccini’s timeless, tragic, La Boheme returns to the Detroit Opera House stage. We are delighted to present the MOT debut of Sardinian tenor Francesco Demuro in the role of Rodolfo, who has become a major tenor to watch. He will alternate in the role with Noah Stewart, who made his MOT debut in fall 2009 in Nabucco and has become
one of the country’s leading young tenors. Performing the role of Mimi is American soprano Kelly Kaduce, who since her MOT debut as Caroline Gaines in the world premiere of Margaret Garner in 2005, has become a major star. She will alternate with Italian soprano Grazia Doronzio, who will make her MOT debut following her performances as Liu in Turandot at the Met. As the home of dance in Detroit, the 15th season of dance at the Detroit Opera House is marked with audience favorites and unprecedented collaborations that highlight Michigan’s regional dance talent. The Nutcracker comes home to the Detroit Opera House in November with the Grand Rapids Ballet. A beloved Detroit holiday tradition, we are pleased to welcome the company back to our stage following widely acclaimed performances of Aladdin, Where the Wild Things Are, and Peter Pan. Another favorite returning this year is Too Hot to Handel, presented in partnership with the Rackham Symphony Choir. Now in its eighth year on the Detroit Opera House stage, this jazz and gospelinfused rendition of Handel’s Messiah has become a holiday tradition that lifts spirits and inspires dancing in the aisles. On this, our 40th anniversary, it is paramount to thank our donors, friends, and volunteers - those who have supported us and believed in our vision. Without you, these 40 years would never have been possible. We still have much work to do, but I know that with your support we will continue to serve as a cultural resource for the State of Michigan for years to come. In these difficult economic times, we especially appreciate the continued and unwavering support of our fall opera season sponsor, Ford Motor Company. I would also like to thank individual donors whose generosity of time and investment in our vision is truly unparalleled. And of course, our hardworking volunteers who serve as ushers, envelope stuffers, and tour guides, among many other duties, a heartfelt thanks to all of you. We are delighted that you have decided to join us for this exciting anniversary season. Enjoy the performance!
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October 16-24, 2010
music by ArthUr SULLiVAN Libretto by W. S. GiLBert
THE MIKADO is presented in two acts World Premiere in London, England, March 14, 1885 Sung in English with English supertitles Running time: 2 1/2 hours
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DIRECTOR michAeL ScAroLA
CHORUS MASTER SUZANNe mALLAre ActoN
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SET AND COSTUME DESIGN thierrY BoSQUet ASSISTANT DIRECTOR ALAN e. hicKS
LIGHTING DESIGN chriS rYNNe STAGE MANAGER KeN SALtZmAN
HAIR & MAKEUP DESIGN JoANNe WeAVer SUPERTITLES roBerto mAUro
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In order of vocal appearance Nanki-poo ............................................. David Curry* A Noble .................................................... Kurt Frank* pish-tush ......................................... Edward Hanlon+ pooh-Bah .............................................Andrew Gray# Ko-Ko .................................................Michael Wanko Yum-Yum .................................Andriana Chuchman* peep-Bo ............................................Jacqueline King+ pitti-Sing ............................................Monica Sciaky+ Katisha.................................................. Melissa Parks the mikado ......................................Jamie Offenbach * Michigan Opera Theatre debut + Barbara Gibson Young Artist Apprentice # Joyce H. Cohn Young Artist Last Michigan Opera Theatre production of The Mikado: November 1991. Featuring Jeffrey Lentz, Zale Kessler and Mary Callaghan Lynch. Conducted by Suzanne Acton and directed by Greg Ganakas.
When Ko-Ko goes to Nanki-Poo for help, the minstrel explains that he originally disguised himself in order to escape Katisha’s attentions, and he has no intention of being anything but “dead” until she is married to someone else. To save his own neck, Ko-Ko woos and wins the lady in record time. When the Mikado returns from lunch to find his son still alive, and Ko-Ko married to Katisha, he declares that “nothing could possibly be more satisfactory.” Courtesy of The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players
ACT I Nanki-Poo, a wandering minstrel, comes to the town of Titipu in search of Yum-Yum, a girl with whom he has fallen in love. Ko-Ko, her guardian, was condemned to death under the Mikado’s capricious law against flirting, but has since been appointed Lord High Executioner, on the assumption that he will be unwilling to enforce a law of which he himself must be the first victim. While Ko-Ko plans to marry Yum-Yum himself, Nanki-Poo woos the beautiful girl. Yum-Yum returns his affection, but she is unwilling to defy her guardian. Meanwhile, Ko-Ko learns that his post is to be abolished by the Mikado for non-performance of duty. His search for a victim is interrupted by the appearance of the despondent Nanki-Poo, bent on suicide. The two men strike a deal that Nanki-Poo may marry Yum-Yum, if he will agree to become Ko-Ko’s first victim at the end of a month. The general rejoicing that follows this announcement is halted by the arrival of Katisha, an elderly lady of the Mikado’s court. Thwarted in her efforts to claim Nanki-Poo as her lover, she attempts to reveal his true identity, but the entire town shouts her down as the act ends. ACT II Act II finds Yum-Yum and Nanki-Poo preparing for their wedding. But Ko-Ko produces a surprise — “by the Mikado’s law, when a married man is beheaded, his wife is buried alive!” Yum-Yum is having second thoughts when the approach of the Mikado himself is announced. Ko-Ko panics and decides that a dead body will not be needed if the proper papers are produced. He sends Nanki-Poo away to marry Yum-Yum and prepares a “certificate” of Nanki-Poo’s execution. The Mikado is delighted to receive the news until he sees the name of the victim. Ko-Ko now learns for the first time that Nanki-Poo is the son of the Mikado. Along with Pooh-Bah and Pitti-Sing, who have acted as witnesses to the fake execution, Ko-Ko is sentenced to be boiled in oil for “compassing the death of the Heir Apparent.”
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It is always a great pleasure to come back to a work in my repertory that I know will hold many pleasures for both performers and audiences alike. It is also very special when that piece is one that I don’t get the opportunity to work on as often as I would like. The Mikado is one such piece and this is only the third time in my twenty year career that I have had the great fortune to direct one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most witty and popular pieces. When The Mikado first premiered on March 14, 1885 in London, it ran at the Savoy Theatre for 672 performances; this was the second longest run for any work of musical theatre and one of the longest runs of any theatre piece up to that time. By the end of 1885 it was estimated that at least 150 companies were producing the opera in Europe and America. So, what accounts for the incredible popularity of the piece? Like many of the other works in the G & S canon, The Mikado manages to satirize British politics and institutions with a cutting wit that few before or since have been able to do. The biting lyrics of W. S. Gilbert and the sometimes truly sublime music of Arthur Sullivan attain a level of sophistication almost unequaled in the lyric theatre. By clothing their piece in the guise of an exotic locale, in this case the fictional town of Titipu in Japan, Gilbert and Sullivan were able to take aim at the very people that flocked to see their shows. But the essence of their genius is in how timely their work still is even today. At the heart of The Mikado is a story of moral repression and class structure, things that we still encounter on a day-to-day basis. Let’s face it; there is as much talk about death, torture and execution in The Mikado as we hear in an hour of news reporting on CNN! Of course these very serious subjects are couched in a series of brilliant parodies and wordplay thereby rendering the serious nature of the subject almost unnoticeable. But it is these very subjects that also make the piece so relevant today--all the more so because of the tradition of changing lyrics and adding verses to Ko-Ko’s brilliant “List Aria” in Act One and the title character’s second act aria “A more humane Mikado.” Allow me to thank my incredibly talented choreographer Dan Knechtges who worked side-by-side with me these past few weeks to create the staging, my brilliant lighting designer Chris Rynne and our wonderful conductor Mark Flint. This show would not be what it is without their unflagging support and dedication. And I would be remiss if I did not take this opportunity to acknowledge Michigan Opera Theatre’s General Director David DiChiera and not only thank him for assembling the brilliant cast of singing actors you are about to see and for trusting me to create this production with them, but to congratulate him on the honor of being named one of this year’s recipients of the prestigious National Endowments for the Arts Award. I know you will all join me in saluting him on receiving this honor and wish him all the best as we open the 40th Anniversary season of this very special company. Now please sit back and enjoy. I hope we are able to give you as much pleasure watching the show as we have had preparing it. —Michael Scarola, Stage Director
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the dynamic duo: two men Who changed english opera
By Karen VanderKloot diChiera
n 19th Century England, lots of comic opera was performed, but mostly written by Jacques Offenbach from France. Italian Grand Opera was performed too, but very few original English operas or comic operas were created or performed. Things were about to change. The partnership of Gilbert and Sullivan was actually a partnership of four people: William Gilbert, Arthur Sullivan, Richard D’Oyly Carte, and Helen Lenoir (D’Oyly Carte’s assistant and eventual wife). Both Gilbert and Sullivan initially tried to establish themselves as serious artists. In spite of this initial goal, Gilbert began to write for the magazine Fun which published his comic poetry called The Bab Ballads. This changed his direction. In turn, Sullivan eventually realized that his one grand opera, Ivanhoe, although greeted with cheers and excellent reviews, was not going to give him the fame and fortune that the comic opera would bring him. Their first collaboration was a piece called Thespis, or The Gods Grown Old. Gilbert knew the manager of the Gaiety Theater in London, who asked Gilbert to write Thespis for the Christmas season and asked Sullivan to write the music. In the meantime, Richard D’Oyly Carte, managing director of the Royalty Theater, was presenting Offenbach’s La Périchole, and wanted an English curtain raiser. In 1876, as fate would have it, Trial by Jury was the outcome of the second “G & S” collaboration. Gilbert, educated in the practice of law and noted for his involvement in lawsuits, had great fun writing it. Thus began one of the most infamous partnerships in music. Gilbert and Sullivan’s musical relationship was often filled with many disagreements – although no one can doubt the quality of music that resulted! D’Oyly Carte long wanted to set up an annual series of English comic opera. In 1879, with the success of the one-act Trial by Jury, he found investors to create the Comic Opera Company that would perform in the Opera Comique Theatre. The next step was to build a new theater exclusively for the works of Gilbert and Sullivan. D’Oyly Carte and some wealthy investors bought land in the Savoy area. Here, the new Savoy Theatre was built, thus Gilbert and Sullivan operas were called Savoy Operas and the performers were called Savoyards. Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe opened the theater.
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As a stage director, Gilbert was meticulous, working tirelessly with each performer to perfect his concept of how each character was to move and pronounce everything. He worked out his blocking beforehand by using a miniature stage and small wooden blocks representing the performers. Sullivan’s compositional techniques involved first mapping out the rhythm of each piece. After creating the melodies, he gave the music to the singers and would improvise accompaniments at the piano during rehearsals. He would not start to orchestrate until a few days before opening night, often giving the orchestra only one rehearsal of a brand new score. Following the opening of the Savoy Theatre, Arthur Sullivan began to express that he wanted to create more logical operas, ones without fairies, witches or sorcerers - something different than what they had done. Gilbert took issue; why change a successful formula? To understand the difficulty Sullivan was facing, we need to consider the feeling of being a child prodigy in music. Sullivan had won many honors during his childhood, including the Mendelssohn Award, enabling him to study music with fine professors in Germany. As a result, people in England had great expectations for him to write symphonies and grand opera. Instead, he was writing comic opera with bouncy rhythms. Sullivan felt that if Gilbert could give him longer phrases and opportunities to expand his musical style, that there could be a growth in their work instead of going back to what had already been done. Neither Gilbert nor Sullivan wanted to end their partnership. Their differences were finally settled in their next opera, The Mikado, which is also known as The Gilbert and Sullivan Masterpiece. With the Japanese Exposition in London in 1884, English society developed a keenness for anything Japanese. This enthusiasm extended to G&S’s new “Japanese” opera even though it is rather British. The plot of The Mikado,
based on the complexities of complying with court etiquette and avoiding execution, is actually a sendup of British customs. The popularity of Gilbert & Sullivan’s operas led to some new issues. For some years, audience and orchestra members with acute ears were pirating G&S operettas and producing them throughout the British Isles and America. These “thieves” realized that there were not yet international copyright laws, and money could be made by mounting these popular pieces and keeping the profits. Gilbert and the D’Oyly Cartes tried to stop the practice, but were ruled against by the American Courts. Gilbert and Sullivan’s famous partnership ended when Sullivan died of heart and kidney failure in 1900 and was given a state funeral by Queen Victoria. Richard D’Oyly Carte had been ill for some time and died several months later. Gilbert purchased a large estate and began collecting automobiles and going to motion pictures. While trying to save a drowning girl one day, Gilbert drowned. Today, we must give thanks to Helen D’Oyly Carte for keeping alive the works of these men. It was she who ran the Savoy Theater and the Savoy Hotel. She kept tours running throughout The British Isles, Europe, America, in fact – the world, allowing us to enjoy these operas today. In a book published in 1899 by a friend of Sullivan’s, Arthur Lawrence, entitled Arthur Sullivan, Life Story, Letters and Reminisences, Lawrence answered questions put to him about break-ups and make-ups of the pair this way: “It is, indeed, a private and personal matter, and is therefore questionable whether there will ever be any sufficient justification for a relation of the incidents which preceded dissolutions in their professional relationship.” Not like our 21st century reporters! Ah for the good old days! Karen V. DiChiera is the Director of Community Programs at Michigan Opera Theatre.
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ive thousand years in the making...
One unforgettable show
performance by Shen yun is traditional chinese culture as it was meant to be—a profound study in grace and wisdom distilled from 5,000 years of civilization. Shen yun features one of the most expressive, and also one of the most demanding, art forms in the world: classical chinese dance. It is a complete system of dance refined through thousands of years. The classically trained dancers, musicians, and singers of Shen yun dedicate themselves to reviving the essence of humanity’s divinely inspired culture. They believe that to create true art, there
must first be inner purity. Thus, they are sure to include study and meditation into their rigorous training regimen. choreographers find an inexhaustible source of inspiration in china’s many dynasties and ethnic groups. They bring to life tales of well-known legends and timehonored values, displaying goodness and loyalty, courage and tragedy. This winter, Shen yun will again debut a spectacular original production with all new dances, costumes, and music. experience the extraordinary.
“A visually dazzling tour of 5,000 years of Chinese history and culture.”
— San Francisco Chronicle
“...as if the dancers, drummers and vocalists had waited centuries to break out in song. And in a way, they have.”
– Philadelphia City Paper
Jan 20 - 23, 2011
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ALL-NEW 2011 PROGRAM WITH LIVE ORCHESTRA
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Presented by MI Falun Dafa Association & OCA
November 13-21, 2010
music by GiAcomo pUcciNi Libretto by LUiGi iLLicA & GiUSeppe GiAcoSA
LA BOHEME is presented in four acts World Premiere in Turin, Italy, February 1, 1896 Sung in Italian with English supertitle translation Running time: 3 hours
CONDUCTOR GiULiANo cAreLLA
DIRECTOR mArio corrAdi
CHORUS MASTER SUZANNe mALLAre ActoN HAIR & MAKEUP DESIGN JoANNe WeAVer
SET DESIGN cLAUde GirArd
COSTUME DESIGN cLAUde GirArd & ANdre préVoSt
LIGHTING DESIGN KeNdALL Smith
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR richArd GAmmoN
STAGE MANAGER KeN SALtZmAN
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In order of vocal appearance marcello ................................ Marian Pop (13, 17, 20) Corey McKern (19, 21)* rodolfo ....................Francesco Demuro* (13, 17, 20) . Noah Stewart (19, 21) colline ..................................................Andrew Gray# Schaunard ...............................................Lee Gregory* Benoit ......................................................... Jason Budd mimi ..................................Kelly Kaduce (13, 17, 20)^ Grazia Doronzio (19, 21)* parpignol .........................................Bernard Holcomb . A child .............................. Anne Koziara (13, 17, 20) . Lauren Hackett (19, 21) musetta .............................................. Kimwana Doner Alcindoro ................................................... Jason Budd Sergeant ....................................... Christopher Vaught custom house officer ..................... Edward Hanlon+ . * Michigan Opera Theatre debut + Barbara Gibson Young Artist Apprentice # Joyce H. Cohn Young Artist ^ Kelly Kaduce’s performances made possible by a generous gift from the Josephine Kleiner Foundation Last Michigan Opera Theatre performance of La Boheme: November 2005. Featuring Charles Castronovo, Attila Fekete, Liping Zhang and Ermonela Jaho. Conducted by Steven Mercurio and directed by E. Randahl Hoey.
Rodolfo touches her hand. They begin to confide in one another, sharing their hopes and dreams. Rodolfo’s friends call from below, asking him to join them at Café Momus. Rodolfo takes Mimi’s arm, and they leave for the café. Act ii Outside the Café Momus, the street is bustling with holiday shoppers and vendors. On the way to the café, Rodolfo buys Mimi a bonnet. The two join his friends at a sidewalk table outside Café Momus. The toy seller Parpignol is followed by a crowd of children. A little while later, Musetta, Marcello’s old flame, arrives accompanied by Alcindoro, a wealthy, older gentleman. Although Marcello feigns indifference, he finds it increasingly difficult to ignore Musetta. To gain his attention she sings about her captivating beauty. No longer wanting Alcindoro’s company, Musetta cries out that her shoe pinches her. She demands that Alcindoro run and buy her a new pair. The moment Alcindoro is out of view, Musetta runs into Marcello’s arms. They join their friends and are swept up in celebration. By the time Alcindoro returns, the group has left the café and he is left with the check. Act iii Early dawn on a bitter, cold February morning outside a tavern near one of the city gates. Customs officers search people coming into the city for work. Mimi, in a weakened state, seeks out Marcello to ask for his help. She confides in him that Rodolfo’s jealousy is the cause of their constant fighting. Rodolfo comes looking for Marcello, and Mimi hides. She overhears Rodolfo explain why he is so tormented. Mimi is ill, and his poverty is weakening her condition. Rodolfo hears Mimi cough and rushes to her. At the same time, Marcello hears Musetta laugh and goes inside the tavern to find out what she is up to. At first, Mimi and Rodolfo try to end their relationship but they are still deeply in love. They decide to stay together until the springtime, when it will be easier to separate. Meanwhile Marcello’s worries are confirmed; he catches Musetta flirting with a stranger. He drags her out of the tavern to confront her, they quarrel, and Musetta storms off leaving Marcello behind. Meanwhile, Rodolfo and Mimi depart arm and arm, blissfully reunited. Act iV The following summer in Marcello and Rodolfo’s attic apartment. Marcello and Rodolfo are trying to work but each is distracted by thoughts of the woman he loves. The somber mood changes when Colline and Schaunard arrive to share a paltry meal. The four of them forget their worries, improvising a sword fight when suddenly, Musetta arrives with Mimi. Mimi is dying and wants to be with Rodolfo again. Musetta and Marcello leave to find a doctor. Colline leaves to sell his overcoat. Schaunard follows them out. Rodolfo and Mimi are left alone. They recall their first meeting. The others return with medicine, but it is too late. Mimi has died. At first, no one dares tell Rodolfo. Looking at their faces, he realizes she is gone. Courtesy of Boston Lyric Opera
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Act i An attic apartment in Paris’s Latin Quarter on Christmas Eve. The poet Rodolfo and his roommate, Marcello, a painter, are trying to work but it is too cold to concentrate. Rodolfo offers to burn his manuscript to stay warm. Colline, a philosopher, arrives as the play burns. All three try to warm themselves. Schaunard, a musician, arrives soon after with a bounty of food and wine. As the four toast their good fortune, Benoit, the landlord, arrives to collect rent, which is past due. The four friends invite him in, offer him wine and reassure him they will pay what is owed. With ingenuity they distract and confuse Benoit, ultimately forcing him out before he is able to collect. To celebrate the holiday and their luck, they decide to dine at Café Momus. Rodolfo stays behind to finish an article, promising to join them shortly. There is a knock on the door. Rodolfo opens it to find a beautiful young woman, Mimi at the threshold. She asks Rodolfo for a light for her candle. He invites her in. She faints suddenly, dropping the key to her apartment. When she recovers, they begin to search for her key but both of their candles go out. They are left with only moonlight to guide them. The two search for Mimi’s key, and in the darkness,
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THE CAFÉ MOMUS, STILL FRESH AFTER 30 YEARS
The musical travels of a seasoned chorister
By Fred Buchalter
“ hoknows,theremaybesomeoneinthe W audiencethateveningseeingtheirfirst operaasIdidthosemanyyearsago.”
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have never actually been to Paris but I have traveled there many times. The same can be said for Rome, Cairo, Saint Petersburg, Seville, Peking, and Charleston. I have been a death row inmate and the 108 year-old Emperor of China. In fact, I have inhabited the souls and lives of priests and peasants, noblemen and villagers, soldiers, prisoners, a slave owner and a Hebrew slave. The vehicle for these amazing journeys was, and remains, opera. At a young age I discovered the transformative power of music: it’s ability to move me both physically and emotionally. I attended my first opera in the spring of 1979 (La Traviata with Catherine Malfitano), I was on stage in the chorus of my first production six months later, and now, 30 years later, I have the great fortune to continue my journey as a member of the Michigan Opera Theatre Chorus. Before the days of the Detroit Opera House, my journey also included venues in Detroit’s Theater District: the Music Hall, the Fisher Theatre and Masonic Temple. Throughout my career I have Yours truly (circled) celebrating another Christmas eve at the Café momus. nicole taken part in many operas and hundreds Cabell (foreground) was our musetta. of performances. Among the productions were the classics, Aida, La Boheme, one of this season’s our very first production. While the Turandot, Carmen and Madame Butterfly; productions, has played a special part theater itself was open for music, our a new opera, Dead Man Walking, and in my career and travels as a chorus dressing rooms and rehearsal facilities two world premieres, Margaret Garner member with Michigan Opera Theatre. were not. So for that first production, and Cyrano. I have sung some of the I have been in four productions of the chorus had to rehearse, warm-up, most beautiful chorus music ever La Boheme, in several different cities and and get into costume and make-up at written, with one of the most venues. And in 1996 when we opened the YWCA several blocks away. When memorable, Va Pensiero, coming in our the magnificent Detroit Opera House, we were ready, we were taken by bus to production of Nabucco last season. La Boheme was the loading dock and waited back stage for our entrance. And when we completed our second act scene at the Café Momus, we marched directly on to the bus and were taken back to the YWCA. Despite having to make our entrance by shuttle bus, after so many seasons as gypsies moving from theater
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to theater, we were finally home. One of the questions I am often asked is whether it gets boring doing the same shows over and over again. My answer — unlike each performance — is always the same. Whether it is opera, musical theater, or a stage play, no two productions or performances are ever the same. Every time I step onto a stage it is a unique opportunity to recreate and rediscover. It’s like getting to know an old friend all over again. Each time I walk the streets of Paris, each time I witness Musetta’s tantrum and hear her marvelous Quando men vo, each time I celebrate Christmas Eve at the Café Momus and sing the beautiful music of Mr. Puccini, it is a new and exciting adventure. Who knows, there may be someone in the audience that evening seeing their first opera as I did those many years ago. The joy and gift of being a part of a production goes beyond my specific
involvement in the chorus. I often find myself in the wings where I have a “front row seat” for the great music and drama of the opera. I have been privileged to be in two different productions of Porgy & Bess as the coroner and in each performance, after my role on stage was finished, I would stand offstage watching that final scene. And as Porgy wheeled himself off to New York to find his Bess, I was with him every time. But the first act of La Boheme, with Rodolfo and Mimi’s poignant arias, Che gelida manina and Mi chiamano Mimi, and their haunting duet, O soave fanciulla at the end of the act, is still one of my favorites and never fails to move me. As Michigan Opera Theatre embarks on its 40th year with the 2010-2011 season, I look forward to new adventures and travels. Perhaps I will be off to the court of the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto, or
maybe to Titipu and Ko Ko’s palace in The Mikado. Whatever and wherever it might be, I know it will find a special place next to the memorable journeys I have already taken. And I applaud you for joining us. Whether it’s your first time or one of many, I know you too will have a wonderful trip. After all, you don’t need to pack a suitcase, there is no charge for your carry-on and every seat is a window seat with a spectacular view. Fred Buchalter joined the Michigan Opera Theatre Chorus in 1979, and has participated in many productions and hundreds of performances. He has also performed with Meadowbrook Theatre, Jewish Ensemble Theatre, Rackham Symphony Choir, Greenfield Village Holiday Nights and many local dinner theaters.
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November 26-28, 2010
Patricia Barker, Interim Artistic Director THE NUTCRACKER Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Performed live by the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra Choreography adapted from Marius Petipa Staged by Patricia Barker and Kara Taylor Lighting Design: Matthew Taylor Costume Design: Barbara Wilson, Jamie Tinker Heeringa, Marcia VanKuiken, Linda Schauer-Hayes Character Head Design: Laura and Gordon Goodrich Set Design: David Len, Randy DeBoer, John Despres, Kevin Hoekstra, Tom Kaechele Children’s Rehearsal Coaches: Joanne Cusmano and Judith Molina
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the Nutcracker Story
Our story begins in a German town in 1860, in the darkening hours of deep December, at the annual Christmas Eve party of head town councilor, Herr Stahlbaum, and his charming wife, Frau Stahlbaum. Clara and Fritz, the Stahlbaum children, are full of excitement as the time for the party draws near! When the guests arrive, the children dance with each other and with their gifts while the adults converse and dance with one another. Dr. Drosselmeyer, godfather to Clara, arrives at the party. Renowned as a manufacturer of clockwork dolls and a bit of a magician, he delights young and old alike with two life-sized dancing dolls. As a special gift for Clara, Dr. Drosselmeyer has brought a Nutcracker. Soon it begins to grow late, and the guests depart. Clara leaves her beloved Nutcracker alone and goes upstairs to sleep. It is approaching midnight. Clara awakes and goes downstairs to look for her Nutcracker. Dr. Drosselmeyer returns as strange and wondrous things begin to take place. Clara’s Nutcracker grows to tremendous size, as do the mice and her brother’s toy soldiers! The Mouse King appears and threatens Clara. The Nutcracker and his soldiers battle the Mouse King and his mice until the Nutcracker is overcome. Clara throws caution to the wind, and her shoe at the enemy, mortally wounding the Mouse King. Dr. Drosselmeyer’s magic transforms the fallen Nutcracker into a handsome prince. As the Mouse King is taken away, Clara is led by her Nutcracker prince and Dr. Drosselmeyer into a glorious land of wind driven snowflakes. Clara’s journey continues to another land in the second act. The Sugar Plum Fairy and the Nutcracker Prince welcome Clara and Dr. Drosselmeyer to their Kingdom of Sweets. The Nutcracker tells of Clara’s bravery and the defeat of the dreadful Mouse King. The Sugar Plum Fairy’s friends, from all different lands, dance in her honor. Clara watches with delight as dancers perform Spanish, Arabian, Chinese, and Russian variations. She is captivated by the beautiful Reed Flutes and thrilled when the clowns bring Mother Ginger in and invite her to dance with the Bonbons. The Flowers waltz in her honor and the Sugar Plum Fairy and Nutcracker Prince perform a beautiful dance before all friends come together in a final farewell. Before long, as with all dreams, Clara’s must come to an end, and she returns home to her loving family. Act i pArtY At the StAhLBAUm reSideNce clara fritz Nanny frau Stahlbaum herr Stahlbaum dr. drosselmeyer maid party Girls party Boys party Women party men Young couple Butler Grandmother Grandfather harlequin dolls Soldier dolls JUSt Before midNiGht… Adult mice mice mighty mouse Nutcracker Lieutenant Sergeants Soldiers mouse King the LANd of SNoW Snow Queen Wind King Wind Snowflakes Act ii the KiNGdom of SWeetS Sugar plum fairy Nutcracker prince Angels Spanish Arabian chinese russian reed flutes clowns mother Ginger Bon Bons rose flowers
Where did The Nutcracker ballet come from?
The first staged performance of The Nutcracker took place in St. Petersburg, Russia on December 18, 1892, and was a collaborative effort between the great composer Peter Tchaikovsky, and the legendary choreographer Marius Petipa. Petipa fell ill shortly into the rehearsal process and the choreography was completed by his assistant Lev Ivanov. It is hard to believe, recognizing the popularity of the ballet today, that The Nutcracker was dropped from the St. Petersburg repertoire after only fourteen performances! The ballet didn’t even premiere in Moscow until twenty-seven years later, and didn’t make it to the west until 1934 when Nikolay Sergeyev brought his notes with him from St. Petersburg to the Sadler Wells Ballet of London. In 1954, in creating the first full-length ballet for the New York City Ballet, Balanchine asserted The Nutcracker’s hold over the American public. The actual tale of The Nutcracker dates back to 1816, and was written by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Now, almost 200 years later, the story of a little girl’s Christmas adventure with her mysterious Godfather, evil Mouse King, and handsome Prince continues to enchant and enthrall audiences the world over!
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chelsea clow, from Illinois, currently in her sixth season with the Company. Kateryna derechyna, from the Ukraine, currently in her fourth season with the Company. dawnell dryja, from Detroit, currently in her ninth season with the Company. Leonid Leonidovich flegmatov, from Russia, currently in his second season with the Company. Anton Kandaurov, from the Ukraine, currently in his third season with the Company. Alexey Kulpin, from Russia, currently in his sixth season with the Company. francis Lawrence, from Australia, currently in his second season with the Company. oksana maslova, from the Ukraine, currently in her third season with the Company. Attila mosolygo, from Hungary, currently in his fourteenth season with the Company. rachael riley, from Florida, currently in her second season with the Company. Stephen Sanford, from Missouri, currently in his tenth season with the Company. Laura Schultz, from Grand Rapids, currently in her eighth season with the Company. Nicholas Schultz, from Grand Rapids, currently in his eighth season with the Company. Larissa tanis, from Illinois, currently in her sixth season with the Company. Kyohei Giovanni Yoshida, from Japan, current guest artist with the Company. Apprentice – martha Bellamy, from Grand Rapids, currently in her first season with the Company. Apprentice – Katie Brown, from Grand Rapids, currently in her first season with the Company. Apprentice – Sadie Brown, from Indiana, currently in her first season with the Company. Apprentice – marisa fazzari, from Washington, currently in her first season with the Company.
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history of the Grand rapids Ballet company Celebrating its thirty-ninth season, the Grand Rapids Ballet Company (GRBC) remains committed to its mission, to lift the human spirit through the art of dance. A proud recipient of the ArtServe Michigan Governor’s Arts Award for Outstanding Cultural Organization, Michigan’s only professional ballet company has a rich history marked by steady growth, a commitment to excellence, and strong community support. In 1971 the Grand Rapids Civic Ballet began under founding Artistic Director Sally Seven. Summerfest School of Grand Rapids, a conservatory school for development of professional dancers, began in 1983 and later merged with the Grand Rapids Civic Ballet. Subsequently the two reorganized to form the Grand Rapids Ballet Company along with the School of the Grand Rapids Ballet Company. Under the artistic direction of Charthel Arthur, GRBC moved into regional status and joined the Midwest Regional Ballet Assoc./Regional Dance America. During the 1993-1994 season, professional dancers were placed under contract for the first time. Today, the professional company consists of fourteen professional dancers and three apprentices; the School of the Grand Rapids Ballet Company has an enrollment of over 250 students taught by instructors from professional dance backgrounds; an additional 500 students receive free introductory classes through the awardwinning “Steps in a New Direction” program; and the educational programs GRBC offers to the community are outstanding ways to foster the connection between the arts and education. After the appointment of Artistic Director Gordon Peirce Schmidt and Associate Artistic Director Laura Berman in 1999, the Company saw tremendous growth and presented more than fifty new works. The 2010 – 2011 season welcomes Patricia Barker as Interim Artistic Director. Ms. Barker brings a world-class talent and a plan to add renowned works to GRBC’s repertoire. Grand Rapids Ballet Company regularly performs at DeVos Performance Hall, the Peter Martin Wege Theatre, Forest Hills Fine Arts Center and various tours
throughout the state - totaling over 50 performances per season. The Company has performed in Quebec, Canada, Lansing, Detroit, Kalamazoo, Boyne City, Midland, St. Joseph and more; and with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, Opera Grand Rapids, the Jackson Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Midland Symphony, and West Shore Symphony, among others. Through the generosity of an artsconscious community, The Next Step Campaign allowed the Company to transform an old abandoned bus garage into a well-designed dance rehearsal space and school facility. Since its opening in 2000, this permanent home has allowed the Ballet to add new opportunities for the community such as the popular Dancers’ Theatre Series, an expanded school schedule, and a popular field trip for students, “Escape to the Ballet,” where children learn what it takes to run a professional ballet company. Responding to the demand of the Dancers’ Theatre Series and tremendous growth of the Company and School, GRBC announced another exciting $7.5 million expansion in September 2006. Stage 2: A Campaign for Ballet included the addition of the 300-seat Peter Martin Wege Theatre adjacent to the current facility, creating the Meijer-Royce Center for Dance. The LEED-Certified theatre opened in September 2007 and houses the Company’s Dancers’ Theatre Series, as well as performances by the students of the School of the Grand Rapids Ballet Company. The 300-seat design keeps the intimate feel of the Dancers’ Theatre Series that audiences have come to love, while also allowing access to the Series for more patrons. The space also offers expanded opportunities for educational programs and any number of new ventures the Company wishes to undertake. Original programming, innovative choreography, and a commitment to excellence are hallmarks of the Grand Rapids Ballet Company. With artists invested in the community and a community that supports the arts, the Grand Rapids Ballet Company has created a flourishing arts center for all of Michigan, and continues to provide the highest level of excellence in dance, theatre and education for all individuals.
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patricia Barker, interim Artistic director and former principal dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet, is considered one of the world’s most gifted ballerinas. She received her early ballet training from Lynne Williams in Richland, WA, studied on scholarship both at Boston Ballet School with E. Virginia Williams and Violette Verdi and Pacific Northwest Ballet School with Francia Russell, Perry Brunson and Janet Reed. Ms. Barker has danced in many of the great full length ballets and contemporary works from renowned choreographers. She performed with Pacific Northwest Ballet extensively throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and North America. She appeared as a guest artist with national and international ballet companies and performed in many galas throughout the world. Ms. Barker danced the lead role of Clara in Nutcracker the Motion Picture, and starred as Titania in the BBC’s film, A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a celebratory re-opening of the Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London. She graced the covers of Dance Magazine, Danser, Pointe Magazine, Dance Australia, Dance Teacher, Dance Pages, Ballet Review and Dance International. She stages, rehearses and coaches ballets for professional companies including staging works for the Balanchine Trust on the Slovak National Ballet and the Hungarian National Ballet. In her role as Artistic Advisor for the Slovak National Ballet, she also advised on programming and fund raising. Ms. Barker is a judge for international ballet competitions and teaches at nationally renowned ballet schools. She collaborated with Freed of London, producing an instructional video answering dancers’ most frequently asked questions about the art of wearing Pointe shoes. As a member of the artistic team of Broadway Bound, she choreographed full scale productions performed by children between the ages of 5 to 18. Ms. Barker’s entrepreneurial and management experience includes product design and development for her own dancewear company; a patent award while consulting with a leading dancewear manufacturer; and product development consulting for a dance accessories company. Ms. Barker’s involvement in fundraising includes Capital Campaigns, Endowments and Scholarships. She is currently a board member of the Tateuchi Center, a performing arts center in Bellevue, Washington and on the advisory boards for Pointe Magazine, CriticalDance.com, California Ballet and Broadway Bound. She has previously served on the advisory boards of The Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, Seattle’s premiere performance hall, and Minnesota Dance Theater. She is also dedicated to bring greater awareness to bone and joint health by acting as a spokes person for the United States Bone and Joint Decade. Ms. Barker has been instrumental in creating Fit to a T programs for young dancers to spread awareness about bone health and osteoporosis.
Grand rapids Ballet company production Staff:
Interim Artistic Director – Patricia Barker Production Manger – John Ferraro Company Stage Manager – Mellissa Slack Costumer – Jamie Tinker Heeringa Costume Assistants – Clare Gardeski, Melissa Leitch Ballet Mistress – Mindy Mosolygo Rehearsal Director – Kara Taylor
Grand rapids Ballet company Upcoming events
Nine Sinatra Songs Featuring Twyla Tharp’s glamorous classic, José Limón’s The Moor’s Pavane and more! January 28 – 30 & February 4 – 6 Peter Martin Wege Theatre - Grand Rapids, MI Mother Goose Suite & The Boy Who Wouldn’t Do His Homework GR Ballet and Grand Valley State University collaborate to introduce children to ballet and opera. February 19 – 20 & 25 – 26 Peter Martin Wege Theatre & Louis Armstrong Theatre – Grand Rapids, MI Spring Break for Kids! The popular Spring Break event returns with a new ballet for children. April 5 - 9 Peter Martin Wege Theatre – Grand Rapids, MI Romeo and Juliet A passionate world premiere by Mário Radac ˘ovský May 13 – 15 & 20 - 22 Peter Martin Wege Theatre - Grand Rapids, MI
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December 4, 2010 at 8 p.m. Student Dress Rehearsal Friday December 3, 2010 at 11 a.m.
Sponsored by Mack Avenue Records
Pre-concert lecture, Saturday December 4 at 7 PM
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The Jazz Gospel Messiah Featuring Alfreda Burke, soprano, Rodrick Dixon, tenor, and Karen Marie Richardson, alto Rackham Symphony Choir Suzanne Mallare Acton, Conductor with The Too Hot Trio: Marion Hayden, Dave Taylor and Alvin Waddles Original concept by Marin Alsop Co-arranged and orchestrated by Bob Christianson & Gary Anderson Lighting Design by Kendall Smith Ellen Peck, Stage Manager Too Hot To Handel is a co-production of Rackham Symphony Choir and the Detroit Opera House
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he Concordia Orchestra of New York City commissioned Too Hot To Handel in 1993, from arrangers Bob Christianson and Gary Anderson. Since the first performance at Lincoln Center, crowds have smiled, cheered and danced in their seats (and sometimes in the aisles!). Too Hot captures the essential core of Handel’s famous masterwork and reinterprets it with chords of rhythm and blues, jazz and gospel. The end result? A dynamic and uplifting celebration that must be experienced. Simply put: Too Hot To Handel is Messiah re-created. Music on loan from the archives of the Concordia Orchestra, Marin Alsop, founding music director and conductor. pArt i Sinfony Comfort ye Every valley And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed Thus saith the Lord But who may abide the day of His coming And He shall purify Behold, a virgin shall conceive O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion For behold, darkness shall cover the earth The people that walked in darkness For unto us a child is born There were shepherds abiding in the field And suddenly there was with the angel Glory to God intermission pArt ii Rejoice greatly Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened He shall feed his flock His yoke is easy Behold the Lamb of God Surely He hath borne our griefs** All we like sheep have gone astray Behold, I tell you a mystery The trumpet shall sound The Lord gave the word Why do the nations so furiously rage Hallelujah! ** with David Vaughn, bass-baritone
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Now entering its 60th year, Rackham Symphony Choir (RSC) is considered one of Michigan’s major choral organizations. RSC has enjoyed a rich musical heritage of performing with many of the world’s most celebrated artists ranging from conductors Thomas Schippers and Antal Dorati to singers Luciano Pavarotti and Joan Sutherland. Under the visionary leadership of Artistic and Music Director Suzanne Mallare Acton, the choir has distinguished itself with a repertoire of groundbreaking works with timely themes, multi-media experiences and innovative programs. Recognized for its artistic contributions to the community, RSC was awarded Michigan’s 2008 Governor’s Arts Award. To learn more about the non profit membership organization and its current schedule, visit www.rackhamchoir.org.
Contributors to Too Hot To Handel: Friends Phillip & maureen Abele Fran bachmann & bruce bisballe Jonathon & betsy baron John & Janice bernick richard & susan bingham Arthur & nola Chester bill & Pamela Day emily & Joshua eichenhorn susan A. Fox Jeff & Germaine Fritz robert & teresse krause Denise kurowski bud uhl John V. wickey mary Lou zieve Patrons Joan mcCaskill ronald michalak & barbara Frankel
Contributors to Rackham Symphony Choir: Impresario $1,000 and above richard & susan bingham bill & Pamela Day Deroy testamentary Fund the Fred A. & barbara m. erb Family Foundation Jeff & Germaine Fritz kresge Foundation michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs michigan Humanities Council state of michigan bud uhl John V. wickey Lula C. wilson trust Conductor $500-$999 suzanne mallare Acton & David osborne Verizon
Patron $100-$249 robert bomier Dennis & marjorie Glaza Frank & nancy Glover ron & sara Gurdjian ken & Judy Pardonnet Family $25-$99 rudolph & Diane bernick steven & Carol breshgold suzette Chaiken Jenina Felici Arthur & nancy krolikowski kenneth & Anne miller Victor Pytko & barbara Porter marion Priebe Laverne & Lois schenk wine for Humanity In Kind John & Janice bernick Canoe Circle Graphics robert Cucuzza tom Cucuzza tom & beth Deuel
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Suzanne mallare Acton
From opera to Handel’s Messiah to contemporary jazz, conductor Suzanne Mallare Acton is recognized for her versatility and dynamic style. For Michigan Opera Theatre, Ms. Acton’s conducting credits include: West Side Story, The Barber of Seville, Music Man, The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, Die Fledermaus, La Traviata, The Daughter of the Regiment, La Bohéme, El Capitan, and The Tender Land. Additional conducting credits include My Fair Lady and La Traviata for Dayton Opera, The Merry Widow and Madame Butterfly for Artpark, and Tosca for Augusta Opera. Ms. Acton has served as guest conductor for The Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra, Lake St. Clair Symphony Orchestra, the Lexington Bach Festival, and the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra. As a leader in the Michigan art scene, Ms. Acton is known for her bold repertoire and ventures into multimedia programming. As artistic/music director of Rackham Symphony Choir, she has presented Carmina Burana with the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, African Sanctus with the English composer David Fanshawe, and the Detroit premiere of Voices of Light, a work for soloists, orchestra, choir and the historic silent film “The Passion of Joan of Arc” at the State Theater, with composer Richard Einhorn. Symphony at Ravinia under Erich Kunzel, Detroit Opera House, Rackham Symphony Choir under the baton of Suzanne Acton, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Umbria Music Festival (Italy), TodiMusicFest (USA), Lancaster Festival, Grant Park Music Festival, Millennium Park Gala, Kennedy Center, Chicago Opera Theater, Auditorium Theatre (Too Hot to Handel), Chorus Angelorum and Chicagoland Pops Orchestra, among others. Ms. Burke performed in the National Tour of Jerome Kern’s Show Boat at the Kennedy Center and Auditorium Theatre directed by Harold Prince. Her recordings include her solo CD, From the Heart (2002); Hallelujah Broadway (2010, EMI). Ms. Burke recorded and performed the Chicago Olympic 2016 Bid Anthem, “I Will Stand”(2008). Upcoming 2010-12 engagements include Alex North’s Negro Mother, Beethoven Mass in C, Hallelujah Broadway airings and national tour. She received Master and Bachelor of Music degrees from Roosevelt University and currently serves on the RU CCPA Advisory Board. Visit www.sopranoalfredaburke.com. to return to the Rackham Symphony Choir, Detroit Opera house and Auditorium Theatre in Chicago under the baton of Suzanne Acton. Visit www.tenorroddixon.com.
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Alto Karen Marie Richardson’s voice has been described by Edgechicago.com as “A gift from God” and “her ability to express every facet of rejection through the subtlety of her musicality”, as “simply gorgeous.” Richardson returns in 2010 to the Detroit Opera House after her debut in last year’s Too Hot To Handel. Her background includes theatre, music, and voice-over work including the Luster’s Silk Smooth Touch radio campaign. Among her recent stage appearances are Ragtime the Musical at Drury Lane Oakbrook featuring Quentin Earl Darrington, The Mistress Cycle at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story at Drury Lane Theatre, and Hairspray the Musical at Fireside Theatre of Wisconsin. In addition to her singing career she works assisted the visually impaired, most recently helping them participate in Chicago’s 2009 city elections. She is currently working on a new solo music project, fusing the genres of jazz, soul, and pop to create a new sound. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre from Millikin University.
Rodrick Dixon filmed in 2010 the PBS special “Hallelujah Broadway” in Prague. The DVD and CD were released in September by EMI/Manhattan records. Mr. Dixon’s other extensive television credits include the PBS specials: US Air Force 60th Anniversary Gala, Cook, Dixon & Young Volume One, Washington Opera Gala at Constitution Hall, The Mark Twain Awards Honoring Whoopi Goldberg at Kennedy Center and My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs at City Center. In 2010, Rodrick Dixon made his Sydney Festival debut as Oedipus Rex directed by Peter Sellars, joined the Metropolitan Opera roster, returned to the Cincinnati May Festival and appeared in concert with Madison Opera. In July 2010, Albany Records released a new classical CD titled “Recorded Music of the African Diaspora.” Mr. Dixon performs the tenor role in the song cycle titled “Of Visions and Truth” composed by Olly W. Wilson. This is the 9th year of appearances in the production of “Too Hot to Handel.” Rodrick Dixon is very happy
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too hot to handel January 15 & 16, 2011 Auditorium Theatre, Chicago A Gershwin rhapsody March 12, 2011 Detroit Opera House Featuring Alvin Waddles in Rhapsody in Blue and a concert version of Porgy and Bess highlights with Kimwana Doner, soprano, Rackham Symphony Choir and the Detroit Opera House orchestra. An evening of theatre favorites: opera to Broadway May 6, 2011 Royal Oak Presbyterian Church A benefit for Rackham Choir’s High School Intern Program
Soprano Alfreda Burke’s vocal artistry has been described as “voluptuous, creamy and luxuriant” (Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune). She has appeared in concert throughout North America and in Europe; filmed 2010 Prague PBS special, Hallelujah Broadway and recorded it on EMI/Manhattan Records label (Czech National Symphony Orchestra Studios). Ms. Burke made her Carnegie and Orchestra Hall debut in Strauss’ Elektra with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra led by Daniel Barenboim. Highlighted performances include the Chicago
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Bud Uhl, President Scott Maggart, Vice President Suzanne Mallare Acton Victoria Bigelow Thomas Cucuzza William Day Tom Deuel Emily Eichenhorn Jeffrey Fritz Susan Fox Marjorie Glaza Lynn Jovick Ray Litt Patricia Minnick Laverne Schenk Gail Sobecki Angela Vohs
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SoprANo Victoria Bigelow* Kathy Boettcher Joan Crawford Nora Curiel Edith Faires Vanessa Ferriole Emily Gay Avital Granot Conda Green Kate Huttenlocher*** Noelle Jacquez Jessica Knott Kathleen Koomen*** Denise Kurowski Mijung Lee Morgan Lorkowski** Jennifer Pasha Christine Noel Pelot Kathy Sampson Giles Simmer Janice Simon Beth Smith Deuel Judi Szefi LaNyck Washington Deborah Webb Kate Williams Kim Witten teNor Philip Abele Michael Boettcher Tony Camilletti Patrick Clampitt Nate Clements Michael Covert Terrance Crandall Joseph Dluzniewski Eddie Dunn Jeff Fritz Donald Gay Erik Hernandez** Daniel Inglese *** Chris Jones Clarence Jones Jeff Krueger * James M. Moore Clifton Shaw Bill Steiner Stephen Stewart Brett Thompson Harry Williams, Jr. ALto Maureen Abele Beth Adams Fran Bachmann Laura Bayley Sandra Bomar Katherine Carr Karshibia Davidson Emily Eichenhorn Louise Fisher * Susan A. Fox Yvonne Friday Kimberly Henderson Victoria Isabell Wendy Keebler Amy Kucera Anne Maters Milly Matis Andrea Mills Patricia Minnick Nancy Nelson Deborah Nero Sarah Piper Regina Steiger Patricia Stewart Abigail Strub*** Linda Van Buren Barbara Wilson Ruth Zaromp BASS Tim Cholyway Douglas Cox Tim Doty * Gary Hasley Arthur Jones Joseph Leppek** Gary Lindell Ray Litt Scott Maggart Homer Matthews . Pejuan Steven P Laverne Schenk Alan Sebastian Brandon Spencer** Lawrence Stepney Bud Uhl David Vaughn Will Yeats * Section leader ** ecipient of R Rackham High School Intern Award 2010-2011 S *** tudent Member of Rackham
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VioLiN i Charlotte Merkerson, Concertmaster Velda Kelly Bryan Johnston Andrew Wu Beth Kirton Molly Hughes VioLiN ii Victoria Haltom Daniel Stachyra Kevin Filewych Anna Weller Elizabeth Rowin VioLA John Madison Scott Stefanko James Greer Julianne Zinn ceLLo Nadine Deleury Diane Bredesen Robert Reed John Iatzko BASS Derek Weller SAXophoNe Chris Collins Russell Mallare George Benson Jose Mallare Keith Kaminski horN Andrew Pelletier Susan Mutter Tamara Kosinski trUmpet David Ammer Gordon Simmons Maurice Davis tromBoNe Edward Gooch Maury Okun Greg Near timpANi John Dorsey percUSSioN Donnie Lewis drUm Set David Taylor piANo Alvin Waddles orGAN Fred R. Hughes, Jr. BASS Marion Hayden eLectric GUitAr Alan Ayoub eLectric BASS GUitAr James Simonson mUSic coNtrActor Diane Bredesen
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ASHLEY C. WHEATER Artistic Director CHRISTOPHER CLINTON CONWAY Executive Director ROBERT JOFFREY Founder GERALD ARPINO Founder
January 29-30, 2011
Artists of The Company Matthew Adamczyk - Derrick Agnoletti - Miguel Ángel Blanco Fabrice Calmels - Raul Casasola - April Daly - Jonathan Dummar Erica Lynette Edwards - Yumelia Garcia - Brian Gephart - John Mark Giragosian Dylan Gutierrez - Fabio Lo Giudice - Elizabeth Hansen - Jaime Hickey Anastacia Holden - Victoria Jaiani - Stacy Joy Keller - Graham Maverick - Erin McAfee Caitlin Meighan - Mona Meng - Jacqueline Moscicke - Amber Neumann - Alexis Polito Valerie Robin - Christine Rocas - Aaron Rogers - Ricardo Santos - Lucas Segovia Tian Shuai - Abigail Simon - Michael Smith - Temur Suluashvili Jack Thorpe-Baker - Shane Urton - Mauro Villanueva Allison Walsh - Jenny Winton - Joanna Wozniak - Kara Zimmerman CHARTHEL ARTHUR Ballet Master GRACA SALES Ballet Master WILLY SHIVES Ballet Master Production KATHERINE SELIG Principal Stage Manager AMANDA HEUERMANN Stage Manager
These performances by the Joffrey Ballet are supported in part by a generous gift from the Betty, Marvin and Joanne Danto Dance Endowment.
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This presentation is supported by the Performing Arts Fund, a program of Arts Midwest funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from Michigan Council for the Arts & Cultural Affairs, General Mills Foundation, and Land O’Lakes Foundation.
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Choreography by GERALD ARPINO Music by PETER ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Costumes by A. CHRISTINA GIANNINI Lighting Design by JACK MEHLER BALLET NOTES: A neoclassical, pure dance ballet and a perfect example of the “Arpino” style – high lifts, a flying pace, and classic beauty. This fast-paced and physically challenging ballet is set to Tchaikovsky’s “Variations on a Rococo Theme for cello and Orchestra, op. 33.” Arpino recreated the ballet in 1985, after having been out of active repertoire since 1976. WORLD PREMIERE: The Joffrey Ballet, February 3, 1971, Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL and Hammerstein Organization, 1065 Avenue of the Americas #2400, New York, NY 10018. All Rights Reserved. Symphony #3 – Movement 2 & 4 composed by Philip Glass, Performed by Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Conducted by Marin Alsop and courtesy of Naxos of America “The Poet Acts” by Philip Glass, Published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC. The Poet Acts composed by Philip Glass from the motion picture “The Hours”. Michael Riesman, Piano; Lyric Quartet; Nick Ingam, Conductor. Little Children -EndTitle written by Thomas Montgomery Newman All rights owned or administered by © SONGS OF UNIVERSAL, INC. on behalf of NEW LINE MUSIC CORP . (BMI) Used By Permission.
Choreography by GERALD ARPINO Music by MAURICE RAVEL* Set by MING CHO LEE Costumes by A. CHRISTINA GIANNINI Lighting by JACK MEHLER after THOMAS SKELTON BALLET NOTES: Sea Shadow, which has been called “a poem-in-dance,” is a pas de deux inspired by the romantic Ondine fable. The late Walter Terry, dean of American dance critics, described this lyric work as “one of the most beautiful duets in all ballet.” This was the third ballet created by Gerald Arpino, and Terry wrote, “[Arpino] introduced a synthesis of torso-oriented modern movement with classical ballet that was a special quality he gave to ballet.” WORLD PREMIERE: The Joffrey Ballet, December 12, 1962, Damascus, Syria. * Concerto in G for Piano and Orchestra, 2nd Movement, Adagio Assai MUSIC CREDITS: By arrangement with Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., publisher and copyright owner.
“…smile with my heart”
Choreography by LAR LUBOVITCH ©(2002) Music by MARVIN LAIRD, “Fantasie on Themes by Richard Rodgers” Costumes by ANN WHITLEY Re-staged by SANDRA BROWN Lighting by JACK MEHLER after BRIAN MACDEVITT Pianist PAUL JAMES LEWIS 1) “do i hear A Waltz?” and “it might As Well Be Spring” 2) “the Sweetest Sounds” 3) “i didn’t Know What time it Was” and “Where or When” 4) “my funny Valentine” BALLET NOTES: “…smile with my heart” (from the lyric by Lorenz Hart from “My Funny Valentine”) was created for American Ballet Theatre in collaboration with the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, which deeply appreciates the generous support of the Rodgers Family Foundation, the Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust and the Irene Diamond Fund. MUSIC CREDITS: “It Might As Well Be Spring,” Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. “The Sweetest Sounds,” Music and Lyrics by Richard Rodgers. “Do I Hear A Waltz?,” Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. “My Funny Valentine,” “Where Or When” and “I Didn’t Know What Time It Was,” Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Lorenz Hart. These selections are used by special arrangement with the Rodgers
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(Jan. 30, 2011) Choreography by JAMES KUDELKA ° Music by BOHUSLAV MARTINU Costumes by DENIS LAVOIE Lighting Design by JACK MEHLER after MICHAEL MAZZOLA BALLET NOTES: In a collision of worlds, Pretty BALLET explores the balance between romantic ideals and industrial ideas as they relate to art. WORLD PREMIERE: The Joffrey Ballet, April 28, 2010, Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL MUSIC CREDITS: Bohuslav Martinu, Symphony #2, Performed by the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Arthur Fagen, conductor and Courtesy of Naxos of America. By arrangement with Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., publisher and copyright owner.
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(Jan. 29, 2011) Choreography by EDWAARD LIANG Music by PHILIP GLASS and THOMAS NEWMAN Costume Design by MARIA PINTO Lighting Design by JACK MEHLER after MARK STANLEY BALLET NOTES: This ballet, inspired by the novels of Jane Austen, tells the story of females of the late eighteenth century and early nineteenth-century. It’s a story of societal repression and of the strength of the human spirit. Age of Innocence was created with funds from the Prince Prize for Commissioning Original Work, which was awarded to Edwaard Liang and The Joffrey Ballet in 2008. WORLD PREMIERE: The Joffrey Ballet, October 15, 2008, Chicago, Illinois, The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University MUSIC CREDITS: Movement 2 & 4 from Symphony No. 3, The Secret Agent by Philip Glass © 1995 Dunvagen Music Publishers Inc. Used by Permission.
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history of the Joffrey Ballet
The Joffrey Ballet has been hailed as “America’s Company of Firsts.” The Joffrey Ballet’s long list of “firsts” includes being the first dance company to perform at the White House at Jacqueline Kennedy’s invitation, the first to appear on television, the first American company to visit Russia, the first classical dance company to go multi-media, the first to commission a rock ‘n’ roll ballet, the first and only dance company to appear on the cover of Time magazine, and the first company to have had a major motion picture based on it, Robert Altman’s The Company. For more than a half-century, The Joffrey Ballet’s commitment to taking world-class, artistically vibrant work to a broad and varied audience has created a solid foundation that continues to support the company’s unprecedented capacity for achieving important “firsts.” Today, the Joffrey, which has been hugely successful in its former residences in New York and Los Angeles, lives permanently in its brilliant new facility, Joffrey Tower, in the heart of America, Chicago, Illinois. The company’s commitment to accessibility is met through the most extensive touring schedule of any dance company in history, an innovative and highly effective education program including the much lauded Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, and collaborations with myriad other visual and performing arts organizations. Classically trained to the highest standards, The Joffrey Ballet expresses a unique, inclusive perspective on dance, proudly reflecting the diversity of America with its company and audiences and repertoire which includes major story ballets, reconstructions of masterpieces and contemporary works. Founded by visionary teacher Robert Joffrey in 1956, guided by celebrated choreographer Gerald Arpino from 1988 until 2007, The Joffrey Ballet continues to thrive under internationally renowned Artistic Director Ashley C. Wheater and Executive Director Christopher Clinton Conway. The Joffrey Ballet has become one of the most revered and recognizable arts organizations in America and one of the top dance companies in the world.
Ashley C. Wheater
Ashley C. Wheater has dedicated his life to dance. He was born in Scotland and trained at the Royal Ballet School in England. While at the school he worked with Frederick Ashton in Benjamin Britten’s Death in Venice, and performed at Covent Garden in numerous productions such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle and The Dream. Having graduated to the upper school of the Royal Ballet, Mr. Wheater danced in many of the full-length productions and performed with Rudolph Nureyev in Nureyev and Friends at the London Coliseum. After leaving the Royal Ballet, Mr. Wheater joined the London Festival Ballet where he continued to work with Nureyev in his Romeo and Juliet and Sleeping Beauty and Glen Tetley in Sphinx and Greening along with a huge repertoire of classics and new creations. Under the artistic direction of John Field he was promoted to principal dancer at the age of 20. In 1982 he joined the Australian Ballet where he continued dancing principal roles in both classical and contemporary work, especially in the John Cranko full-lengths. At the invitation of Gerald Arpino in 1985, Mr. Wheater joined The Joffrey Ballet. For the next four years he performed various works by American choreographers including William Forsythe, Gerald Arpino Mark Morris, Paul Taylor, and Laura Dean, as well as repertoire by Ashton and Cranko. Joining the San Francisco Ballet in 1989 he continued to cultivate his creative career while working with Helgi Tomasson, James Kudelka, David Bintley and many more. In 1997 he retired from dancing and was appointed ballet master at the San Francisco Ballet and later named assistant to the artistic director. Since his appointment in 2007 as artistic director of The Joffrey Ballet, his passion and commitment to the Joffrey have been evident in the quality that he has brought to the dancing as well as the repertoire. Under his direction he has brought world-class choreographers as well as young, up-and-coming choreographers to create for the company. Mr. Wheater has added a new full length to the Joffrey’s repertoire, Lar Lubovitch’s ground-breaking Othello. This season alone will feature two world premiers. In 2008 Mr. Wheater was the recipient of the Boeing Game-Changer Award in recognition of his commitment to reaching out to Chicago communities promoting diversity through the many forms of dance.
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2010-2011
Mr. R. Jamison Williams, Chairman Dr. David DiChiera, President Mr. Cameron B. Duncan, Treasurer Mr. C. Thomas Toppin, Secretary Mrs. Robert A. Allesee Mr. Douglas F Allison . Mr. Joseph Angileri Mr. Lee Barthel Mr. Stephen E. Biegun Mr. Richard A. Brodie Mrs. William C. Brooks Mrs. Frederick H. Clark Mrs. Peter Cooper Ms. Joanne Danto Mr. Tarik S. Daoud Julia Donovan Darlow Mr. Lawrence N. David Mr. Ethan Davidson Mrs. Charles M. Endicott Mrs. Alex Erdeljan Mr. Paul E. Ewing Mrs. David Fischer Dr. Marjorie M. Fisher Mrs. Barbara Frankel Mr. Herman Frankel Mr. Dean Friedman Mr. Richard G. Goetz Mr. David Handleman Mr. Kenneth E. Hart Mr. Gary E. Johnson Mr. Odell Jones III Mrs. Peter Karmanos Mrs. Charles Kessler Mr. Thomas M. Krikorian Mr. Harry A. Lomason II Mr. Alphonse S. Lucarelli Mrs. Robert A. Lutz Mr. Steven Marlette Mrs. Manuel Moroun Dr. Stephen Munk Mrs. Jennifer Nasser Mr. Timothy Nasso Mr. Daniel Pehrson Dr. Charlotte Podowski Mr. W. James Prowse Mrs. Ruth Rattner Mr. Roy S. Roberts Ms. Patricia H. Rodzik Mr. William Sandy Mr. Gregory Schwartz Ms. Elham Shayota Dr. Lorna Thomas Mr. Michael Tweddle Mr. George C. Vincent chairmen emeritus Mr. Robert E. Dewar † Mr. Lynn A. Townsend † directors emeritus Mrs. Donald C. Austin Mr. J. Addison Bartush Mr. Frank W. Donovan † Mr. James H. Gram † Mrs. William Johnston † Mr. David Pollack † Mrs. Irving Rose Mr. Robert VanderKloot † Mr. Richard Webb Mr. George M. Zeltzer Mr. Mort Zieve †
BOARD OF TRUSTEES 2010-2011
Dr. & Mrs. Roger M. Ajluni Mr. & Mrs. Kenn Allen Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. Allesee Mr. & Mrs. Douglas F . Allison Dr. Lourdes V. Andaya Julie Douse-Angileri & Joseph Angileri Mrs. Thomas V. Angott Mr. & Mrs. Gebran S. Anton Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Applebaum Dr. & Mrs. Agustin Arbulu Dr. Harold M. Arrington Dr. & Mrs. Ingida Asfaw Dr. & Mrs. Donald C. Austin The Hon. & Mrs. Edward Avadenka Mr. Jon Barfield & Dr. Vivian Carpenter Mr. & Mrs. Lee Barthel Mr. J. Addison Bartush Mr. & Mrs. Mark Alan Baun Mr. W. Victor Benjamin Mrs. Ara Berberian Mr. & Mrs. Mandell Berman Ms. Debra Bernstein-Siegel Mr. Stephen E. Biegun Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Bloch Mr. & Mrs. John A. Boll, Sr. Betty J. Bright Mr. & Mrs. Richard A. Brodie Mr. & Mrs. William C. Brooks Mrs. Roy Calcagno Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Celani Mr. & Mrs. Alfred Cheesebrough III Mr. & Mrs. Michael Chirco Mr. & Mrs. Frederick H. Clark The Hon. & Mrs. Avern L.Cohn Mr. Thomas Cohn Mr. & Mrs. Peter Cooper Ms. Joanne Danto & Dr. Arnold Weingarden Mr. Marvin I. Danto Mr. & Mrs. Tarik S. Daoud Julia Donovan Darlow & John C. O’Meara Mr. & Mrs. Jerry P. D’Avanzo Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence N. David Mr. & Mrs. Ethan Davidson Mr. Thomas J. Delaney Mr. Kevin Dennis & Mr. Jeremy Zeltzer Dr. David DiChiera Mrs. Karen VanderKloot DiChiera The Hon. & Mrs. John Dingell Ms. Mary Jane Doerr Mr. & Mrs. Peter Dolan Mr. & Mrs. Cameron B. Duncan Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Eisenberg Mrs. Charles M. Endicott Mr. & Mrs. Alex Erdeljan Dr. Fern R. Espino & Mr. Thomas Short Mr. & Mrs. Roland C. Eugenio Mr. & Mrs. Paul E. Ewing Dr. Haifa Fakhouri Margo Cohen Feinberg & Robert Feinberg Mr. & Mrs. Oscar Feldman Mr. & Mrs. David Fischer Dr. Marjorie M. Fisher Mrs. Elaine Fontana Mr & Mrs. Carl B. Fontana Mr. & Mrs. Mitchell B. Foster Mrs. Barbara Frankel & Mr. Ron Michalak Mr. & Mrs. Herman Frankel Mr. Marvin A. Frenkel Mr. & Mrs. Dean Friedman Mr. & Mrs. James Garavaglia Ambassador & Mrs. Yousif Ghafari Mr. & Mrs. Vito P. Gioia Mr. & Mrs. Richard G. Goetz Mr. & Mrs. Arnold Gordon Mr. & Mrs. Harvey Grace Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Haberman Mrs. Berj H. Haidostian Mr. & Mrs. David Handleman Mr. Kenneth E. Hart Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Hartwig Mrs. David B. Hermelin Mr. & Mrs. Derek Hodgson The Hon. & Mrs. Joseph N. Impastato Mr. & Mrs. Alan Israel Mrs. Una Jackman Mrs. Sybil Jaques Mr. Don Jensen Mr. & Mrs. Kent Jidov Mr. & Mrs. Gary E. Johnson Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence S. Jones Mr. Odell Jones III Mrs. William Kahn Mr. & Mrs. John Kaplan Mr. & Mrs. Peter Karmanos Mr. Patrick J. Kerzic & Mrs. Stephanie Germack Kerzic Mrs. Charles Kessler Mr. & Mrs. Eugene L. Klein Mr. & Mrs. Robert Klein Mr. & Mrs. Mike Kojaian Mr. & Mrs. Thomas M. Krikorian Dr. & Mrs. Richard W. Kulis Dr. & Mrs. Alden Leib Dr. Melvin A. Lester Ms. Linda Dresner Levy & Mr. Edward Levy Dr. & Mrs. Kim K. Lie Mr. & Mrs. A. C. Liebler Dr. & Mrs. Robert P. Lisak Mr. & Mrs. Harry A. Lomason II Mrs. Lawrence LoPatin Mr. & Mrs. James H. LoPrete Mr. Alphonse S. Lucarelli Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. Lutz Cardinal Adam Maida Ms. Florine Mark Mr. & Mrs. Steven Marlette Dr. & Mrs. Ronald Martella The Hon. Jack Martin & Dr. Bettye ArringtonMartin Mr. & Mrs. Richard McBrien Mr. & Mrs. Eugene A. Miller Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Miro Ms. Monica Moffat & Mr. Patrick McGuire Dr. Ali Moiin & Dr. William Kupsky Mr. & Mrs. Theodore Monolidis Mr. & Mrs. Manuel Moroun Mr. E. Clarence Mularoni Drs. Barbara & Stephen Munk Mr. & Mrs. E. Michael Mutchler Mrs. Jennifer Nasser Mr. Timothy L. Nasso Mr. & Mrs. James Nichols Mr. & Mrs. Irving Nusbaum Dr. Juliette Okotie-Eboh Ms. Linda Orlans Mr. & Mrs. Graham Orley Mrs. James Pamel Mr. & Mrs. Spencer Partrich Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Pehrson Dr. Robert E. L. Perkins Mr. & Mrs. Brock E. Plumb Dr. Charlotte & Mr. Charles Podowski Mrs. Heinz Prechter Mr. & Mrs. W. James Prowse Mr. & Mrs. John Rakolta, Jr. Mrs. Ruth Rattner Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Rea Dr. Irvin D. Reid & Dr. Pamela Trotman Reid Dr. & Mrs. James Rigby Mr. & Mrs. Roy S. Roberts Ms. Patricia H. Rodzik Mr. & Mrs. Peter Ronan Mr. & Mrs. Irving Rose Mr. & Mrs. Norman Rosenfeld Mrs. Carolyn L. Ross Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Rugiero Dr. & Mrs. Hershel Sandberg Mr. & Mrs. William Sandy Mrs. Marilyn Schakne Mr. & Mrs. Donald Schmidt Mr. & Mrs. Alan E. Schwartz Mr. & Mrs. Gregory J. Schwartz Mr. & Mrs. Donald E. Schwendemann Mr. & Mrs. Merton Segal Mr. & Mrs. Mark Shaevsky Mrs. Frank C. Shaler Ms. Elham Shayota Mr. & Mrs. Roger F Sherman . Mr. & Mrs. Richard Sloan Mr. William H. Smith Ms. Phyllis Funk Snow Mr. & Mrs. David Snyder Mr. Anthony L. Soave Mr. Richard A. Sonenklar Mrs. Richard D. Starkweather Ms. Mary Ann Stella Dr. Calvin Stevens Mr. & Mrs. William Stone Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Strome Mr. & Mrs. George Strumbos Dr. Jonathan Swift Mr. Ronald F Switzer . Mr. & Mrs. Joel Tauber Dr. & Mrs. Anthony R. Tersigni Dr. Lorna Thomas Dr. Roberta & Mr. Sheldon Toll Mr. & Mrs. C. Thomas Toppin Mr. & Mrs. George Torreano Mrs. Lynn A. Townsend Mr. Michael Tweddle Mr. & Mrs. Paul Victor Mr. & Mrs. Steven I. Victor Mr. & Mrs. George C. Vincent Mr. Gary L. Wasserman Mr. Richard C. Webb Mrs. Amelia H. Wilhelm Dr. & Mrs. Christopher D. Wilhelm Mr. & Mrs. R. Jamison Williams Mrs. Sam B. Williams The Hon. Joan E. Young & Mr. Thomas L. Schellenberg Mr. George M. Zeltzer Mrs. Morton Zieve Mrs. Paul Zuckerman trustees emeritus Mrs. James Merriam Barnes† Mr. † Mrs.† Robert E. Dewar Dr. † & Mrs. † Robert Gerisch Mrs. Aaron Gershenson † Mr. † & Mrs. James Gram Mrs. Katherine Gribbs Mrs. Robert Hamady † Mrs.† & Mrs.† E. Jan Hartmann Mr. & Mrs. Maxwell Jospey Dr. Zophia and Mr.† Mitchell Kafarski Mrs. Walton Lewis † Mrs. Jesse Mann † Mrs. Wade H. McCree Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Jules L. Pollone Mrs. Ralph Polk† Mr. † & Mrs.† David Pollock Mr. & Mrs. † Fred Schneidewind Mrs. Mark C. Stevens † Mr. † & Mrs. † Robert VanderKloot Mrs. R. Alexander Wrigley founding members Mr. † & Mrs. Lynn A. Townsend, Founding Chairman The Hon. & Mrs. † Avern L. Cohn Dr. & Mrs. John DeCarlo Dr. & Mrs. David DiChiera Mr. † & Mrs. † Aaron H. Gershenson Mr. & Mrs. Donald C. Graves Mr. † & Mrs. † John C. Griffin Mr. & Mrs. Harry L. Jones The Hon. † & Mrs. Wade McCree Jr. Mr. Harry J. Nederlander Mr. E. Harwood Rydholm † Mr. & Mrs. Neil Snow Mr. & Mrs. Richard Strichartz Mr. † & Mrs. † Robert C. VanderKloot Dr. † & Mrs. Sam H. Williams Mr. † & Mrs. † Theodore O. Yntema
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michigan opera theatre: 40 Years
MOT continues its commitment to Detroit’s Armenian community by presenting the American premiere of Armen Tigranian’s Anoush.
1963: David DiChiera and karen V. DiChiera
1991: David DiChiera and Luciano Pavarotti.
1971: David DiChiera outside music Hall.
David DiChiera becomes director of Overture to Opera, an education-oriented program of the Detroit Grand Opera Association.
Michigan Opera Theatre is founded in fall 1971 by Dr. David DiChiera. The company establishes a Board of Trustees and reopens the Music Hall, saving the historic theater from the wrecking ball.
David DiChiera is elected as president of Opera America, a position he would hold for four years.
1981: ellen kerrigan in the American premiere of Anoush.
MOT establishes itself as the nation’s tenth largest opera company.
to Opera presents its first full-length opera, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, starring Maria Ewing making her professional debut.
MOT presents its first world premiere, Washington Square.
Opera Theatre’s Department of Community Programs is founded by nationally prominent composer and arts educator Karen VanderKloot DiChiera.
A stunning production of Anna Bolena, starring Dame Joan Sutherland, features the Midwest premiere of English supertitles.
Luciano Pavarotti makes his Detroit concert debut at Joe Louis Arena.
Detroit Mayor Coleman Young declares a citywide Michigan Opera Theatre Day.
1978: karen V. DiChiera.
1970: Poster from overture to opera’s first full-length opera, The Barber of Seville. 1974: Detroit mayor Coleman Young and David DiChiera.
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1984: Dame Joan sutherland in Anna Bolena
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of Bold Vision and Soaring Voices
The Detroit Opera House opens to international acclaim with an inaugural gala on April 21, featuring Luciano Pavarotti and Dame Joan Sutherland.
Pavarotti returns for an encore performance at Joe Louis Arena and announces he will return to perform at the opening of the Detroit Opera House.
2005: Gregg baker, Denyce Graves and Angela brown in Margaret Garner.
2007: marian Pop and Leah Partridge in Cyrano.
1996: robert Dewar, Dame Joan sutherland and David DiChiera.
Six years in the making, MOT hosts the world premiere of Margaret Garner, a powerful American opera written by Richard Danielpour, libretto by Toni Morrison and starring Denyce Graves.
Michigan Opera Theatre presents David DiChiera’s very own opera, Cyrano, to wide acclaim and immense Detroit pride.
opera King Roger makes its American Midwest premiere, and the Polish community responds with an international outpouring of support.
MOT inaugurates its first season of dance at the Detroit Opera House with two special presentations by American Ballet Theatre.
Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti.
MOT hosts The Three Tenors at Tiger Stadium in the trio’s only North American performance that year. Massenet’s Werther makes many exciting firsts at the Detroit Opera House, marking Andrea Bocelli’s North American opera debut and the first webcast of an American operatic production.
The Ford Center for Arts and Learning opens, making facilities available to expand the Community Programs and Dance Departments.
1999: Andrea bocelli and Denyce Graves in Werther.
MOT General Director David DiChiera is honored by the National Endowment for the Arts with the Opera Honors Award, the highest honor the United States government bestows in opera.
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Chorus Master, The Mikado, La Bohème From opera to Handel’s Messiah to contemporary jazz, Conductor Suzanne Mallare Acton is recognized for her versatility and dynamic style. For Michigan Opera Theatre, Ms. Acton’s conducting credits include: West Side Story, The Barber of Seville, Music Man, The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, Die Fledermaus, La Traviata, The Daughter of the Regiment, La Bohème, El Capitan, and The Tender Land. Additional conducting credits include My Fair Lady and La Traviata for Dayton Opera, The Merry Widow and Madame Butterfly for Artpark, and Tosca for Augusta Opera. Ms. Acton has served as guest conductor for The Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, BirminghamBloomfield Symphony Orchestra, Lake St. Clair Symphony Orchestra, the Lexington Bach Festival, and the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra. world in a wide range of repertoire from Paisiello to Ferrero, and all the most important works in the Italian and French repertoire. Upcoming engagements include Nabucco at Staatsoper Stuttgart, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria with the Orchestra della Toscana in Florence, Rigoletto at Opera de Monte Carlo, Un Ballo in Maschera at Oper Frankfurt, La Traviata at the Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam, Cavalleria Rusticana/I Pagliacci and L’Italiana in Algeri at Opera de Marseille, and multiple productions over the next several seasons at Opera Toulon Provence Mediterranean. toire. Since 1995 he has returned nearly every year to stage opera at MOT and hopes to continue to do so.
Benoit & Alcindoro, La Bohème Bass-baritone Jason Budd made his MOT debut in 2005 as the Sacristan in Tosca. His recent performances include Sacristan in Tosca with Virginia Opera, Dulcamara in L’Elisir d’Amore with Cedar Rapids Grand Opera, the title role in Falstaff with Opera in the Heights, Frank in Die Fledermaus with the Mississippi Opera, the title role in Gianni Schicchi and Major General in Pirates of Penzance with the former Orlando Opera, and Benoit/Alcindoro in La Bohème with the Arizona Opera, Opera Cleveland and the Princeton Festival.
Yum-Yum, The Mikado Canadian soprano Andriana Chuchman makes her MOT debut in the role of Yum-Yum in The Mikado. She recently sang the title role in Flora, an Opera at the Spoleto Festival USA. Other recent engagements have included Alinda in Giasone and Dorinda in Orlando at the Chicago Opera Theater, an appearance at the Ravinia Festival as a guest on the Prairie Home Companion radio show, a recital with the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series, and Handel’s Messiah with the International Music Foundation of Chicago. This season, Ms. Chuchman returns to the Lyric Opera of Chicago, appears with Manitoba Opera as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte and in performances of Handel’s Messiah for her debut with the Toronto Symphony.
Nanki-Poo, The Mikado Canadian-born David Curry makes his MOT debut in the role of Nanki-Poo in The Mikado. He is renowned for his recent performances as Henrick in A Little Night Music at Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, and Franz in the British Premier of Offenbach’s Die Rheinenixen at Cadogan Hall in London. Over the past Christmas season he sang Tassilo in Countess Maritza for Toronto Operetta Theatre and was featured in the 125th Anniversary Concert of The Mikado at London’s Royal Festival Hall. Future engagements include a return to Théâtre du Châtelet for My Fair Lady.
Conductor, La Bohème Italian conductor Giuliano Carella returns to Michigan Opera Theatre after conducting Tosca in the spring 2010 season. Since making his debut in 1987, Maestro Carella has led operatic productions in the most prestigious venues around the
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Stage Director, La Bohème Mario Corradi made his MOT debut in 1996 staging Carmen and returns in the spring 2010 season to direct La Bohème. He began his theatrical career with the Yale University Theatre, but as he could not get rid of his Italian accent, he moved from acting to directing. In 1977, he met Jean-Pierre Ponnelle and for the next five years worked as his assistant all over Europe. After his debut in Palermo in 1982 with Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Segreto, he has worked on all continents except Australia and has added more than 50 titles to his reperwww.MichiganOpera.org
Rodolfo, La Bohème (13, 17, 20) Sardinian tenor Francesco Demuro makes his MOT debut in the role of Rodolfo in La Bohème following his acclaimed U.S. debut with Seattle Opera last fall in La Traviata. Demuro’s voice has an extraordinary timber and is characterized by an incredible clarity. This, combined with his desire to study and perform rarely heard traditional Sardinian song, has made him unique. Recent engagements include Cosi fan tutte at Suntory Hall in Tokyo, La Traviata in Valencia, Lucia di Lammermoor in Hamburg and Sassari, and L’elisir d’amore in Wien.
Musetta, La Bohème American soprano Kimwana Doner returns to play the role of Musetta in La Bohème. She made her Michigan Opera Theatre debut in La Rondine in 2008 as Yvette. A native Detroiter, she is an alumna of Cass Technical High School and the University of Michigan. Doner is a former Adler Fellow with the San
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Francisco Opera. She has been seen on opera stages across the country including Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Opera North, Seattle Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, and San Francisco Opera. Ms. Doner has also been seen in concert with several organizations including Modesto Symphony, Yakima Symphony, Napa Valley Opera House, Rackham Symphony Choir, and Saint Louis Symphony.
Mimi, La Bohème (19, 21m) Italian soprano Grazia Doronzio makes her MOT debut as Mimi in the fall 2010 production of La Bohème. A recent graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindermann Young Artist Development Program, she is also a winner of the First Prize at the Elardo International Opera Competition. Recently, Ms. Doronzio performed in Turandot as Liu at the Metropolitan Opera and in Cavalli’s Giasone as Isifile with the Chicago Opera Theatre. Future engagements include appearances with Atlanta Opera, Portland Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Duesseldorf, Frankfurt Opera, and the Canadian Opera Company.
Schaunard, La Bohème Baritone Lee Gregory makes his Michigan Opera Theatre debut as Schaunard in La Bohème. He has a wide and varied repertoire that includes his recently acclaimed role of Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette. Recent engagements include The Rape of Lucretia as Junius with the Toledo Opera, I pagliacci in the role of Silvio with Opera Omaha, the title role in Le nozze di Figaro with Eugene Opera, A Little Night Music as Carl Magnus with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, The Fall of the House of Usher performing William with Nashville Opera, and La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein as Prince Paul with Opera Boston.
ning beauty, and superb acting ability, Ms. Kaduce has recently performed the title role in Madama Butterfly with Santa Fe Opera, Nedda in I Pagliacci with Teatro Municipal de Santiago, Princess Lan in Tea: A Mirror of Soul with Opera Company of Philadelphia, and the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro with Eugene Opera. Upcoming engagements include the title role in Ruslaka with Opera Colorado and Catherine Earnshaw in Wuthering Heights with the Minnesota Opera.
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Conductor, The Mikado Conductor Mark Flint has led the majority of orchestras in worldrenowned opera houses throughout the United States and Canada, including the New York City Opera, L’Opera de Montreal, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Florida Grand Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Fort Worth Opera, Arizona Opera, and Hawaii Opera Theatre, among others. He conducted the international premiere of Tobias Picker’s Thérese Raquin at L’Opera de Montreal, the premiere of Ned Rorem’s Our Town at Lake George Opera, and orchestrated Cyrano, a new opera composed by David DiChiera and librettist Bernard Uzan, which he conducted at the Michigan Opera Theatre’s world premiere in 2007, and will conduct the upcoming production of Cyrano at the Florida Grand Opera.
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Parpignol, La Bohème American tenor Bernard D. Holcomb recently sang the role of Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata with the Pine Mountain Music Festival, and was featured as Paolino in Il Matrimonio Segreto with the festival in the 2009 summer season. He is also a winner of the Michigan District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. As an apprentice with Sarasota Opera he sang the role of the Villager in I Pagliacci, and Federico in L’Amico Fritz. Mr. Holcomb’s leading roles include Rodolfo in La Bohème, Jenik in The Bartered Bride, Lyric Tenor in Postcard from Morocco, and Lensky in Eugene Onegin. At Michigan Opera Theatre, he was featured in the roles of Nelson and Crabman in Michigan Opera Theatre’s production of Porgy & Bess and as Gastone in La Traviata.
Choreographer, The Mikado Dan Knechtges is a Tony Nominated choreographer and director working in theater, opera, television, film and music videos. Mr. Knechtges has directed and choreographed for numerous theatres across the country on shows ranging from Gilbert and Sullivan to Rodgers and Hammerstein to Brecht. His choreography has been noted for its exceptional storytelling, deft humor and good “show biz.” Dan’s Broadway credits include Xanadu (directed by Chris Ashley, Tony nomination, Drama Desk nomination), 110 in The Shade (starring Audra McDonald) and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (directed by James Lapine.) In addition to his extensive Broadway experience, he had the unique experience of choreographing Leonard Bernstein’s Mass for the Dallas Symphony to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the assassination of JFK.
Mimi, La Bohème (13, 17, 20) American soprano Kelly Kaduce returns to Michigan Opera Theatre after her most recent MOT performance as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni in 2010. With her warm and rich voice, stunwww.MichiganOpera.org
Marcello, La Bohème (19, 21m) Baritone Corey McKern’s recent engagements include Marcello in La Bohème at Opera Hong Kong, Masetto in Don Giovanni and Marcello in La Bohème with Santa Fe Opera, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with Arizona Opera, Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro with Opera Cleveland, Valentin in Faust with Opera Carolina, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Birmingham, Morales in Carmen with New York City Opera, and John Rutter’s Mass of the Children and Mozart’s Requiem at Carnegie Hall.
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The Mikado, The Mikado Bass-baritone Jamie Offenbach’s most recent engagements include The Grand Inquisitor in Don Carlo and Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Hawaii Opera Theater, Sciarrone/ Angelotti in Tosca at the San Diego Opera, Dr. Engle in The Student Prince at the Nashville Opera, and T.J. Rigg in Elmer Gantry, Capellio in I Capuletti ed I Montecchi and Angelotti in Tosca at Florentine Opera of Milwaukee. Next, he performs Mephistopheles in Faust and Dr. Grenvil in La Traviata at Hawaii Opera Theater, and Salome at the San Diego Opera. Grand Opera, Ping in Turandot with Cincinnati Opera, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Arizona Opera, Silvio in I Pagliacci at Portland Opera, and the Black Cat and the Grandfather Clock in L’Enfant et les Sortilèges in a return to Opera Company of Philadelphia. designed lighting for more than 60 productions with the company, making his debut in 1988 with The Ballad of Baby Doe, and most recently designing lighting for the company’s spring 2010 production of Don Giovanni. His work has been featured in numerous productions by respected opera companies, theaters and festivals, including Florida Grand Opera, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Indianapolis Opera, the Weston Playhouse, Geva Theatre, and Boston Lyric Opera.
Katisha, The Mikado American mezzo-soprano Melissa Parks has appeared with the Metropolitan Opera in both Daughter of the Regiment and The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny and debuted this summer with the New York Philharmonic as Mescalina in Ligeti’s Le Grande Macabre. This past season she made her Italian debut as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd with the Teatro Communale di Bologna, Teatro Luciano Pavarotti di Modena, Teatro Rossini di Lugo and Teatro Municipale di Piacenza. Recent engagements include Dritte Dame in Elektra with Seattle Opera, Azucena in Il Trovatore with Michigan Opera Theatre, Dame Quickly in Falstaff with Cleveland Opera and Erda in Das Rheingold with New Orleans Opera.
Lighting Designer, The Mikado Chris Rynne makes his MOT debut designing lighting for The Mikado. He last collaborated with director Michael Scarola at Madison Opera on a production of Flying Dutchman earlier this year and lit Scarola’s production of Lucia di Lammermoor in 2008, also at Madison Opera. Mr. Rynne’s designs have been seen at other opera and theatre companies of note, including Houston Grand Opera, San Diego Opera, The Old Globe, Pasadena Playhouse, South Coast Rep and the San Diego Repertory Theatre. In addition to his theatrical design work, Chris designs lighting for art installations and museum exhibitions.
Marcello, La Bohème (13, 17, 20) Romanian baritone Marian Pop made his U.S. debut as Malatesta with the Portland Opera, and now performs regularly in the States. Recent engagements include the title role in the world premiere of David DiChiera’s Cyrano at Michigan Opera Theatre and at Opera Company of Philadelphia, Dandini in La Cenerentola at the Florida
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Stage Director, The Mikado The Mikado marks stage director Michael Scarola’s debut with Michigan Opera Theatre. Recent engagements include La Rondine at the Dallas Opera, L’Elisir d’Amore with Tulsa Opera, Regina and Bernstein’s Mass with Utah Symphony and Opera, La Bohème with the former Opera Pacific, Macbeth at the Dayton Opera, The Flying Dutchman with Madison Opera, Anna Bolena at the Academy of Vocal Arts, “Evening with Cole Porter” concert with the Boston Pops, and Elijah with the Collegiate Chorale at Carnegie Hall. He was on the Metropolitan Opera directing staff for five seasons with productions including La Cenerentola starring Cecelia Bartoli, conducted by James Levine and telecast on PBS, among many other high-profile productions.
Rodolfo, La Bohème (19, 21m) American tenor Noah Stewart made his MOT debut as Ismaele in Nabucco in the fall 2009 season and returned in the spring 2010 season as Cavaradossi in Tosca. His recent engagements include Macduff in Macbeth at San Francisco Opera, Augustus Gloop in The Golden Ticket and Rodolfo in La Bohème at the Wexford Festival in Ireland, Narraboth in Salome at the Arizona Opera, Rodolfo in La Bohème at Opera Carolina, and The Prince in John Adams’ A Flowering Tree at Chicago Opera Theater and in concert with the Gulbankian Symphony in Paris and Lisbon. He joined the Metropolitan Opera roster in 2008 covering Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor.
Lighting Designer, La Bohème Kendall Smith returns to Michigan Opera Theatre this fall to design lighting for La Bohème. At MOT, he has
Sergeant, La Boheme Christopher Vaught hails from San Angelo, Texas where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Music from Angelo State University. He also holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Bowling Green State University where he studied with Andreas Poulimenos. Mr. Vaught’s performance experience includes leading roles in The Marriage of Figaro, Albert Herring, Merry Wives of Windsor, Gianni Schicchi, La Boheme, Don Giovanni, and most recently as Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor. He and his wife Tamara
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currently reside in the Detroit Metro area. Christopher has performed with the Michigan Opera Theatre Chorus since the spring of 2001 and has performed roles in MOT’s productions of Cyrano, Margaret Garner, Il Trovatore, Otello, Don Pasquale, La Boheme, and La Traviata.
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Pish-Tush, The Mikado; CustomHouse Officer, La Bohème Edward Hanlon, a 2010 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Semi-Finalist, returns to Michigan Opera Theatre for his second season after last performing the role of Sciarrone in last spring’s Tosca. A recent graduate of the University of Michigan with a Specialist in Vocal Performance, highlights from his time on the university stage include the title role in Le nozze di Figaro, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Colline in La Bohème and Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin. He has also taken part in several young artist programs in the past year, singing as an Apprentice Artist with Ash Lawn Opera and a Studio Artist with Chautauqua Opera.
Ko-Ko, The Mikado American bass-baritone Michael Wanko makes his MOT debut in the role of Ko-Ko in The Mikado. With the unique ability to perform within the dramatic repertoire in addition to the major buffo and comedic roles in bel canto works, Mr. Wanko performs regularly across the country in these roles. Recent engagements include Tosca in New Orleans and Salt Lake City, The Pirates of Penzance in Louisville, Gianni Schicchi in Salt Lake City, and The Elixir of Love in Santa Barbara.
as Papagena with New York Lyric Opera Theatre, reprised The Boy in Rackham Symphony Choir’s outreach presentation of The Reluctant Dragon, and took on the role of Despina with The Primo Passo Ensemble in Ann Arbor. A few of her favorite roles include Gretel in Hansel and Gretel and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance. Jacqueline received her education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Viterbo University in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. She currently studies voice with mezzo-soprano Kathleen Segar.
Hair & Makeup Design, The Mikado/La Bohème Originally from England, Joanne Weaver returns to Michigan Opera Theatre after most recently designing wigs and makeup for the world premiere of David DiChiera’s Cyrano in 2007. Having made her company debut with Tosca in 1995, Ms. Weaver has designed wigs and makeup for numerous Michigan Opera Theatre productions since, including Werther with Andrea Bocelli and Denyce Graves and the world premiere of Margaret Garner. Additionally, Ms. Weaver frequently designs wigs and makeup for notable opera companies throughout the United States, including Washington National Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Sarasota Opera, Palm Beach Opera, and Glimmerglass Opera.
Peep-Bo, The Mikado American soprano Jacqueline King first performed with Michigan Opera Theatre as a bridesmaid in Le nozze di Figaro in the fall 2007 season. This past season, Jacqueline made her New York City debut
Pitti-Sing, The Mikado Mezzo-soprano, Monica Sciaky, recently received her Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan where she sang the roles of Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Beppe in L’Amico Fritz, and La Haine in Gluck’s Armide. In 2008 and 2009, she performed as an artist in residence at the Castleton Festival in Loren Maazel’s production of the Beggar’s Opera at his private estate in Castleton, VA. This past summer, Monica was a member of the Victoria J. Mastrobuono emerging artists program at Opera New Jersey.
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Pooh-Bah, The Mikado; Colline, La Bohème Australian-American bass-baritone Andrew Gray made his MOT debut as the Sacerdote di Belo in Nabucco in 2009. His most recent engagements include Masetto in Don Giovanni with Michigan Opera Theatre and Angelotti/The Jailor in Tosca with Michigan Opera Theatre and Arizona Opera; The Imperial Commissioner in Madame Butterfly with Phoenix Opera; Gianni Schicchi in Gianni Schicchi with Oberlin in Italy; the King in Aida with Phoenix Opera; and Baron Duphol in La Traviata. Mr. Gray studied voice at the University of Arizona. After receiving wonderful reviews, he was accepted into the Marrion Roose Pullen Arizona Opera Studio. Following that, he was invited to sing the title role in Gianni Schicchi for the Oberlin in Italy program in Arrezo, Italy.
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News from the Department of Community Programs and Learning at the Opera House
Karen V. DiChiera, Director
Chase Foundation Grant Helps Students Experience Don Giovanni
Made possible by a grant from the Chase Foundation, the Department of Community Programs had the opportunity to work with students in two new Detroit Public schools: Detroit International Academy for Young Women and Fredrick Douglass School for Young Men. During classes twice a week, Karen V. DiChiera, MOT’s director of community programs, assisted by educator Lamar Richardson, had the opportunity to prepare the students for attending Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni. The students were amazed that in the courts of Europe in the 18th century, social behavior had a great deal to do with affairs of the heart, and gossip, and “gangs” would fight to defend their beliefs. Detroit International Academy
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Karen DiChiera, David DiChiera, MOT board member Marianne Endicott and Lamar Richardson.
Bring Opera to Your Home, Work, School, or Community Group!
Would you like to have a group of professional singers entertain right in your own home or office, club or school? We have a lot of great programs to tempt you! The touring artists from Michigan Opera Theatre’s Department of Community Programs travel all over Michigan, from Cheboygan to Jackson, from Marine City to Benton Harbor, from Mackinaw to Detroit, from Ann Arbor to Marine City, from Flint to Escanaba and every place in between. We have performed in private homes, new and restored theaters, school auditoriums, places of worship, office buildings and on a few yachts! Performances are for every age, and can be one- act operas, educational shows for elementary school children and workshops plus a performance for middle and high school students. We can create sophisticated revues for adults and we can have sing-alongs for senior citizens, clubs members and families. Or, if your group would like to visit the Detroit Opera House in person, we offer tours for all ages throughout our building. You can learn about the architect and the beautiful plaster work and go back stage and into the costume
shop. We can provide a boxed meal or a sit down dinner prepared by our chef and served by our wait staff. We can arrange to have our Touring Artists sing or orchestra members play. You can learn about public relations, ticket sales, how our repertoire is chosen, and how the opera house is run. To find out how a club or school group can come to the Detroit Opera House and learn, or to arrange to bring a performance to your area, please contact Dolores Tobis, Community Programs Marketing Manager, at (313) 237- 3429 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Join us on Wednesday, December 8 at 7:30 p.m. for Holiday Fun with MOT at the Farmington Players Barn Theater (32332 W. 12 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills). For more information and tickets, call Farmington Hills Cultural Arts at (248) 473-1848. • ur celebrated performance of O The American Songbook, a Broadway Revnue celebrating great composers from American Musical Theatre, will be performed on Saturday, November 20, at the Marine City Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. The performance will include familiar melodies from your favorite Broadway hits! For more information and tickets, call the Marine City Concert Series at (810) 765-9688.
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kimwana Doner in Don Giovanni
students became fascinated with the personalities of court life and how these were used in the opera; depicting haughtiness, flirtatiousness, seduction, depression, bragging and spying. Jennifer Rowley, who performed the role of Donna Anna, and Kimwana Doner, who sang the role of Donna Elvira, visited the school and spent time talking to the girls prior to the performance. In all, over two hundred students and faculty from both schools attended Don Giovanni. Following the performance, students presented a “thank you” performance to
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News from the margo V. cohen center for dance at the detroit opera house
Carol Halsted, Director
Master Classes Offer Learning Opportunities
Learn from professional dancers when they come to Detroit to perform on the Detroit Opera House stage! This is a great opportunity for any level of dancer looking to learn from the professionals. This November, the Grand Rapids Ballet will hold a Beginner/Intermediate Ballet Class for Ages 11-15 on Saturday, November 27, 2010 from 11:00am12:30pm. In addition, when The Joffrey Ballet visits in January, they will hold an Intermediate/Advanced Ballet Class for ages 14 and up on Saturday, January 29, 2011 from 11:00am -12:30pm. In spring 2011, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will hold a master class on Saturday, March 5, and Eisenhower Dance Ensemble will conduct a class on Saturday, March 19. All classes are open to the public and free with a corresponding ticket stub or $25 without a stub, and take place in the Margo V. Cohen Center for Dance or the Chrysler Black Box Theater in the Ford Center for Arts and Learning. Pre-registration is required. To register, please send your name and contact information to email@example.com or call 313.237.3251.
members of ballet Hispanico teach salsa classes in the Ford Center for Arts and Learning.
includes refreshments. No reservations are required. For more information, call 313.237.3426.
Revelations Project to Inspire Students
With grants from the Shirley Schlafer Foundation and J.P. Morgan Chase, Alvin Ailey is bringing their Revelations Project, a 2 week residency, to Detroit International Academy Jan. 24 - Feb. 4. This residency helps students take their life experiences and create movement. Students not only become inspired by working closely with the Ailey teachers, they also learn discipline, self-esteem and ways to express their own uniqueness. During that time evening outreach classes will also be offered Jan. 25 & 27 and Feb. 1 & 3 6:00-7:30p open to the public, Intermediate/Advanced Modern, ages 14 and up ($20 per person, the “free with ticket” does not apply to these evening classes). For more information or to register, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 313.237.3251.
313.469.0694 or visit www.balletren. org. Inner City Dance Scope offers ballet, hip hop, jazz and modern classes on Saturdays. For more information, call 313-926-6654 or visit www.innercitydancescope.webs.com.
ede performance of “Get ready” eisenhower dance ensemble January 9, 2011 When: January 9, 2011, from 2:00pm – 4:00pm information: Select dancers will be chosen by audition to perform in “Get Ready” to the music of The Temptations, choreographed by EDE Associate Artistic Director, Stephanie Pizzo. Dancers for this work must be 16 or older to participate. ABt Summer intensive Audition When: January 15, 2011 1:00p- ages 12-14 3:00p- ages 15 and up interlochen center for the Arts When: January 29, 2011, 10:00am – 12:00pm For information on auditions, contact Kim Smith at email@example.com or 313-237-3251. All auditions take place at the Detroit Opera House. Please visit our website, www.MichiganOpera.org for more information regarding audition requirements.
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Enjoy Dance Film, Refreshments, and Discussion!
Dance lovers from all over Detroit come together for dance films, food, drink, and discussion on Tuesday evenings. The series opens on October 12, at 7:00 p.m. with “Great Partnerships in Dance,” featuring examples from Fonteyn and Nureyev, Martins and Farrell, and Fracci and Bruhm. Continuing November 9, is a series entitled “Dance Scenes in Taverns, including scenes from Golden Age, Merry Widow, Fancy Free and more. Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes highlights the January 18th film series, featuring wonderful choreography by Fokine and Nijinska including The Rite of Spring, Petrouchka and Les Noces. All dance films take place at the Detroit Opera House in the Ford Center for Arts and Learning. A $10 donation is payable at the door, and this
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Year-Round Dance Classes at the Detroit Opera House
Ballet Renaissance and Inner City Dance Scope, two of Detroit’s best dance schools make their home here at the Detroit Opera House, offering year-round dance classes for students of all ages. Ballet Renaissance offers classes Monday through Friday from 5:00-8:00 p.m. For more information or to register, call
News from the michigan opera theatre children’s chorus
Suzanne Mallare Acton, Director
The MOTCC is Celebrating Four Seasons!
2010-2011 Performance Schedule
concert at franklin community church, franklin, michigan
Sunday, October 24 at 7:00 p.m.
Detroit Opera House November 29th, 2010 6pm Silent Auction 7:00p.m. Concert The evening will include: •Cash Bar • ilent Auction and S 50/50 Raffle •Beautiful Music Doors Open at 5:30pm for Adult Tickets Including Strolling Hors d’oeuvres $28.00 • hildren (16 & Under) C Including Strolling Hors d’oeuvres $15.00
Detroit Opera House November 13-21, 2010 A Winter fantasy: motcc Winter concert and fundraiser
maggie malaney and Veronica battersby in the 2008 production of The Maker of Illusions.
concert at ida holiday festival
Friday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m. St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Ida, Michigan
A Holiday Concert
Ring in the season with beautiful choral music sung by the children of the Michigan Opera Theatre Children’s Chorus. Treat yourself, family and friends to an elegant evening at one of Detroit’s cultural gems, at an unbelievable price!
• oors open at 6pm for general Adult D Tickets $18.00 • Children (16 & Under) $5.00 • hildren 4 & Under Free when C accompanied by an adult For more information and to order tickets call 248-914-1966 or visit www.motcc.org
The Maker of Illusions by Seymour Barab
A light children’s opera with moral lessons about inner beauty Invited Student Dress Rehearsal: Friday, March 25, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the Detroit Opera House Tickets: $10/Student; 1 FREE Chaperone Ticket for every 10 Students Public Performance: Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. at the Detroit Opera House Tickets: Child - $15.00 Adult - $30.00 Patron - $50.00
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BACKSTAGE TOURS of the Detroit Opera House available following the Friday Invited Student Dress Rehearsal! Enhance your cultural experience! Reserve your spot quickly — at only $2 per person, tours are filling quickly! For more information about tickets or about the MOTCC, please contact Chorus Administrator Megan Landry: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Violin i Charlotte Merkerson, Concertmaster+ Laura Leigh Roelofs, Assistant Concertmaster+ Velda Kelly+ Bryan Johnston+ Beth Kirton+ Molly Hughes+ Andrew Wu Kevin Filewych Violin ii Victoria Haltom*+ Daniel Stachyra + Henrik Karapetyan+ Anna Weller+ Janet Sullins Elizabeth Rowin Viola John Madison*+ Scott Stefanko+ James Greer Kathleen Grimes+ Barbara Zmich+ Cello Nadine Deleury*+ Diane Bredesen+ Robert Reed+ John Iatzko Eugene Zenzen Bass Derek Weller*+ Clark Suttle+ Greg Sheldon flute Laura Larson+ Dennis Carter Helen Near oboe Sally Pituch+ Geoffrey Johnson Kristin Reynolds Clarinet Brian Bowman*+ J. William King+ Suzanne Rozmary Bassoon Pawel Wnuk*+ Roger Maki-Schramm Horn Andrew Pelletier+ Carrie Banfield+ Susan Mutter Tamara Kosinski trumpets David Ammer*+ Gordon Simmons+ Mark Flegg trombone Maury Okun*+ Greg Near+ Bryan Pokorney Gary Hellick
Harp Patricia Terry-Ross*+ timpani Keith Claeys Terence Farmer Percussion John Dorsey*+ David Taylor Dan DeSena Keyboard Jean Schneider * Principal + Michigan Opera Theatre Core Orchestra Detroit Federation of Musicians Local #5 American Federation of Musicians
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Heidi Bowen Errin Duane Brooks Kim W. Brooks Cynthian Brundage Fred Buchalter Elizabeth Cedroni Laurie DiSabatino Ken Ebaugh Brandy Ellis Olivia Ferguson Michael Fowler Kurt Frank Yvonne Friday Conda Green QuiShaun Hill Rosaline Guastella Edward Hanlon Bernard Holcomb Richard Jackson DeAnna Johnson Tom Kabala Jacqueline King Brian Leduc
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MOT Children’s Chorus
November 13, 17, 20 Isabelle Bepler Alex Capeneka Hosey Cusumano Matthew Ebaugh Ursula Fuller Natalie Gratsch Aurora Haziri Caroline Hofman Ryan Hurley Brittany Johnson Nyjae Jones Anne Koziara Natalie Krauss Teagan Lewis Alaina Matthews Kylie McGuirk Olivia Motzer Christina O’Neil Kristine Overman Madeline Reardon Sam Slocum Taylor Stark Jessica Tifft Christina Wallag Claire Yonkus November 19, 21m Jamila Ammary Elena Bakaluca Tyler Bouque Cassia Burley Emily Crombez Elena Dsouza Miles Eichenhorn Klara Eichoff Lauren Hackett Cheyenne Johnson Ryan Kotlinski Leah Linenfelser Kaila Madison Dylan Marcero Emily Michielutti Rachel Miltimore Grace Muawad Avey Rausch Isabel Rocha Steffi Roche Ameerah Shakoor Arielle Sturr John Vandevert
Amy Malaney Stacey Mason Peter Morgan Kim Millard Annie Radcliffe Monica Sciaky Dustin Scott Ken Shepherd Gregory Stinson Curtis Storm Lucy Thompson Christopher Vaught Mari Voelkar Tiffanie Waldron Justin Watson Tamara Whitty
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Ensuring the Future
a gift that outlives you—that touches future generations in your absence—to experience and enjoy the world of opera. That’s the goal of the Avanti Society, Michigan Opera Theatre’s Planned Gift Recognition Program. The Avanti Society represents a designated group of friends of Michigan Opera Theatre who have made plans to include the organization in their estate plans—whether by will, trust, insurance, or life income arrangement. Membership in the Avanti Society is open to all. Members of the Avanti Society receive a beautifully designed lapel pin, recognition at the annual Avanti Evening and invitations to special events and performances, and are listed as members in our program books throughout each season.
THE AVANTI SOCIETY MEMBERS
Mr. Robert G. Abgarian Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. Allesee # Mrs. Adel Amerman* # + Dr. Lourdes V. Andaya* Mr. & Mrs. Agustin Arbulu* Chester & Emelia Arnold* Mr. & Mrs. Lee Barthel Mr. & Mrs. J. Addison Bartush*# Mr. & Mrs. Brett Batterson* Mr. & Mrs. Mandell Berman Mr. & Mrs. Art Blair* Mr. Robert Bomier Gwen & Richard Bowlby Mary C. Caggegi Roy E. & Ilse Calcagno* Gladys Caldroney* Dr. & Mrs. Victor J. Cervenak* Mr. Allen B. Christman Prof. Kenneth Collinson Mr. & Mrs. Robert C. Comstock# Dr. Robert A. Cornette* # Mr. & Mrs. Tarik Daoud* # Mr. Thomas J. Delaney Ms. Marjorie Adele DeVlieg Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Dewar* # Mr. James P. Diamond Dr. David DiChiera # Karen VanderKloot DiChiera* # Ms. Mary Jane Doerr # Mr. & Mrs. Charles H. Duncan* Mrs. Charles M. Endicott* # Mrs. Charlotte Bush Failing Mr. & Mrs. Herb Fisher* Mrs. Anne E. Ford ** Pamela R. Francis* Barbara Frankel & Ronald Michalak* # Mr. & Mrs. Herman Frankel* # Mrs. Rema Frankel* # Mr. & Mrs. Harvey Freeman Mrs. Jane Shoemaker French Mr. Edward P. Frohlich Dr. & Mrs. Byron P. Georgeson* Priscilla A. B. Goodell Mr. Ernest Goodman Mrs. Freda K. Goodman Priscilla R. Greenberg, Ph.D.* # Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Hagopian Mr. Lawrence W. Hall* Mr. & Mrs. Jerome Halperin* Mrs. Robert M. Hamady Mr. David Handleman* # Mr. Kenneth E. Hart* Mr. & Mrs. Eugene L. Hartwig* Dr. & Mrs. Gerhardt A. Hein Ms. Nancy B. Henk Ms. Mary A. Hester Mr. Bruce Hillman Karen & Derek Hodgson Mr. Gordon V. Hoialmen Dr. Cindy Hung* Mr. Carl J. Huss Kristin Jaramillo* Mr. Donald Jensen* Ms. Helen Barbara Johnston Mr. Patrick J. & Mrs. Stephanie Germack Kerzic** Mr. & Mrs. Robert Klein# Mrs. Josephine Kleiner Mr. & Mrs. Erwin H. Klopfer*# Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Kolton Misses Phyllis & Selma Korn* Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Krolikowski* Mr. Max Lepler & Mr. Rex Dotson Mr. Philip Leon Mrs. Wade H. McCree* Ms. Jane McKee* Mrs. Lucie B. Meininger Drs. Orlando & Dorothy Miller* Monica Moffat & Pat McGuire Mrs. Ella M. Montroy Mr. Ronald K. Morrison* Ruth Rawlings Mott Mrs. Betty J. Mueller Dr. & Mrs. Stephen Munk Jonathan F . Orser Ms. Julie A. Owens Mr. Dale J. Pangonis* Mary & Charles A. Parkhill Mrs. Elizabeth Pecsenye Clarice Odgers Percox Mr. Thomas G. Porter Mr. Richard M. Raisin* Mrs. Ruth F . Rattner* # Mr. Joshua Rest Marguerite & James Rigby* Mr. Bryan L. Rives Ms. Patricia Rodzik* Mr. Mitchell J. Romanowski Ms. Joanne B. Rooney Ms. Susan Schooner* Drs. Heinz & Alice Platt Schwarz* Mrs. Frank C. Shaler* Ms. Laura Sias June & Harold Siebert Mrs. Marge Slezak Ms. Anne Sullivan Smith Ms. Phyllis Funk Snow* Mr. Edward L. Stahl Mr. & Mrs. Richard Starkweather* # + Mrs. Mark C. Stevens* # Mr. Stanford C. Stoddard Jonathan Swift & Thomas A. St. Charles* Mr. Ronald F . Switzer* Ms. Mary Ellen Tappan* # Donald & Margaret Thurber* Mr. Edward D. Tusset* Mr. & Mrs. George Vincent*#+ Mr. J. Ernest Wilde Mrs. Amelia H. Wilhelm* # Mrs. Helen B. Wittenberg Elizabeth & Walter P. Work* Mary Lou & Larry Zangerle Mr. & Mrs. George M. Zeltzer* Avanti Logo & pin design Monica Moffat & Pat McGuire Keys: * Founding Members # Touch the Future donors + Avanti Society Sponsors Italics = deceased members **New
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The growth of Michigan Opera Theatre’s permanent Endowment Fund ensures the growth and future vitality of one of the region’s greatest cultural assets. You are invited to create your own legacy— your Avanti—through Michigan Opera Theatre. You may use the attached confidential reply card to indicate your gift, or contact Kim-Lan Trinh at (313) 237-3408 to discuss gift options that may benefit you, your heirs and Michigan Opera Theatre.
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Contributors to Michigan Opera Theatre’s Campaign to Restore the Detroit Opera House
Michigan Opera Theatre extends appreciation to the many donors who contributed so generously to the three phases of the Detroit Opera House fundraising initiative from 1989 to 2004. Following is a cumulative listing of gifts of $5,000 and above to The Capital Campaign to Restore the Detroit $5,000,000 + Ford Motor Company The Kresge Foundation $2,000,000 to $4,999,999 The Chrysler Foundation General Motors Corporation The State of Michigan $1,000,000 to $1,999,999 Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. Allesee Eugene Applebaum Family Foundation Lee & Floy Barthel Mr. & Mrs. John A. Boll, Sr. Herman & Sharon Frankel Danialle & Peter Karmanos John S. and James L. Knight Foundation The Skillman Foundation $500,000 to $999,999 Anonymous Bank of America JPMorganChase The Cohen Family Philanthropic Fund of the Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan Comerica Detroit Grand Opera Association DTE Energy Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Max M. Fisher Herman & Barbara Frankel Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Frankel Mr. David Handleman, Sr. Lear Corporation Mr. & Mrs. Harry A. Lomason McGregor Fund Mr. & Mrs. Roger S. Penske Ralph L. & Winifred E. Polk Foundation Mr. & Mrs. R. Jamison Williams, Sr. $250,000 to $499,999 AAA AT & T BASF Corporation Mr. & Mrs. Philip E. Benton, Jr. Mandell & Madeleine H. Berman Foundation Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan Dayton Hudson Foundation/ Hudson’s Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Dewar Ghafari Associates, Inc. Robert & Alice Gustafson Hudson-Webber Foundation Kmart Corporation Mr. & Mrs. Paul Lavins Masco Corporation Nonprofit Facilities Center Raymond C. Smith Foundation Fund of the Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan Mr. & Mrs. George Strumbos Mr. & Mrs. Lynn A. Townsend TRW Foundation Mr. & Mrs. George C. Vincent
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Opera House (1989 – 1998), The New Century Fund Campaign (1999 – 2001) and The Crowning Achievement Campaign (2002 –2004). We also thank the many donors who contributed gifts below $5,000 for their commitment and belief in the Detroit Opera House project. Ernst and Young Mr. & Mrs. Herbert Fisher Mrs. Aaron H. Gershenson Andrew & Wanda Giancamilli The Gilmour Fund Hilda & Joel Hamburger Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth E. Hart Julius & Cynthia Huebner Foundation Mario & Jane Iacobelli The Hon. & Mrs. Joseph N. Impastato Kenwal Steel Corporation Mr. & Mrs. Ronald C. Lamparter Robert & Victoria Liggett Magna International The Hon. Jack & Dr. Bettye Arrington-Martin Ann & William McCormick, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. E. R. Milner Mr. & Mrs. E. Michael Mutchler Mrs. Jennifer Nasser Mr. & Mrs. Harry Nosanchuk Mr. & Mrs. Robert T. O’Connell Frances H. Parcells Memorial Mr. & Mrs. Hughes L. Potiker Mr. & Mrs. W. James Prowse Mr. & Mrs. Lloyd Reuss Roy & Maureen Roberts Mr. & Mrs. Jack Robinson Mr. & Mrs. Richard H. Rogel Mrs. Louis R. Ross Dr. Hershel & Lois Sandberg Mr. Richard Sanders The Sandy Family Foundation Mrs. Emma L. Schaver Mrs. Shirley K. Schlafer Diane & Morton Scholnick Mr. & Mrs. Gregory J. Schwartz Mr. Joseph Schwartz Mr. & Mrs. Frank C. Shaler Mr. Mickey Shapiro Elham Shayota Mr. & Mrs. Richard Sloan Mr. & Mrs. William H. Smith Mrs. Mark C. Stevens United American Health Care Corporation Mr. & Mrs. Melvin C. VanderBrug Mr. & Mrs. Art Van Elslander Mr. and Mrs. Steven I. Victor Neva Williams Arts Foundation Matilda R. Wilson Fund Mrs. Paul Zuckerman $15,000 to $24,999 Alcan Aluminum Corporation Aldoa Company Dr. & Mrs. Robyn J. Arrington, Sr. Mrs. Donald J. Atwood Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Bright Betty & Bill Brooks Mr. David Chivas Gloria & Fred Clark Mr. & Mrs. Peter D. Cummings Mr. & Mrs. Donald Cutler Mr. & Mrs. John W. Day, Jr. David & Joanne Denn Mrs. Karen VanderKloot DiChiera Mr. & Mrs. John R. Edman Mr. & Mrs. Burton D. Farbman Elaine Fontana Mr. Kenneth H. Fox Ann & Larry Garberding Keith & Eileen Gifford Great Lakes Exteriors Mrs. Robert M. Hamady Mrs. Robert Hamilton Eugene & Donna Hartwig Louise Hodgson Gordon V. Hoialmen Trust Mrs. David Jacknow Mrs. William E. Johnston Mr. & Mrs. Maxwell Jospey Mr. & Mrs. John Kaplan Bruno & Mollie Leonelli Mr. & Mrs. David Baker Lewis Mr. & Mrs. Walton A. Lewis Richard & Florence McBrien Dr. & Mrs. Stephen A. Munk Mr. & Mrs. Henry Nickol Mr. & Mrs. Eino Nurme Mr. & Mrs. Spencer Partrich Mr. John E. Perry Phillips Service Industries, Inc. Dr. Charlotte & Mr. Charles Podowski Meyer & Anna Prentis Family Foundation, Inc. Antonio & Suzanne Rea Family Mr. & Mrs. Mark Schmidt St. John Health Care Systems Roberta & Dick Starkweather Mr. Frank D. Stella Mr. Ronald F Switzer . Dr. & Mrs. Anthony R Tersigni Mr. & Mrs. Robert C. VanderKloot Mrs. Richard Van Dusen Venture Industries Mr. & Mrs. Gary L. Wasserman Richard & Kathleen Webb Mr. & Mrs. Keith Weber Dr. Marilyn L. Williamson Mrs. Beryl Winkelman Mr. & Mrs. Donald E. Worsley The Y & R Group Dr. & Mrs. Dieter Zetsche $10,000 to $14,999 Mr. & Mrs. Thomas V. Angott Anonymous Mr. & Mrs. Chester Arnold Mrs. Irene M. Barbour Barris, Sott, Denn & Driker, P.L.L.C. Bethlehem Steel Corporation Mr. Charles A. Bishop Mr. & Mrs. Bernard T. Brodsky
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Mr. & Mrs. Alvin Wasserman Mr. R. Jamison Williams $100,000 to $249,999 Ms. Jane E. Agostinelli Dr. & Mrs. Donald C. Austin Ms. Anne Lomason Bray Mr. & Mrs. Richard A. Brodie Vicki & Tom Celani The Hon. & Mrs. Avern L. Cohn Comau Pico DaimlerChrysler Services Mr. & Mrs. Tarik Daoud DeRoy Testamentary Foundation Dickinson Wright PLLC Downtown Development Authority, City of Detroit DTE Energy/MichCon Foundation El Paso Energy Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Roland C. Eugenio Mr. & Mrs. Paul E. Ewing Jennifer & David Fischer Barbara Frankel & Ron Michalak Mr. & Mrs. Preston B. Happel Mr. & Mrs. Robert Klein Mr. & Mrs. Thomas M. Krikorian Oliver Dewey Marcks Foundation National City Bank of Michigan Opus One Karen & Drew Peslar Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Irving Rose Mrs. Carolyn L. Ross Mr. Anthony L. Soave Walbridge Aldinger Company Mr. & Mrs. Charles L. Wilson, Jr. World Heritage Foundation Mr. & Mrs. George M. Zeltzer $50,000 to $99,999 Dr. & Mrs. Roger M. Ajluni AlliedSignal Foundation, Inc. Dr. Lourdes V. Andaya Anonymous Dr. & Mrs. Agustin Arbulu Mr. William P. Baer Mr. & Mrs. Don H. Barden Mr. & Mrs. J. Addison Bartush Mr. Thomas Cohn Consumers Energy Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Marvin I. Danto Deloitte & Touche LLP The Detroit News/Gannett Foundation Dr. David DiChiera Rosanne & Sandy Duncan Mrs. Charles M. Endicott Mr. & Mrs. Alex Erdeljan Mr. & Mrs. Alfred J. Fisher, Jr. Dr. Marjorie M. Fisher
Anne E. Ford Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Frankel Mr. Edward P. Frohlich The GM Card Mr. & Mrs. Alan L. Gornick Mr. & Mrs. John C. Griffin Handleman Company David & Rose Handleman Mr. & Mrs. E. J. Hartmann Alice Kales Hartwick Foundation Mrs. David B. Hermelin Huntington National Bank Mr. & Mrs. Verne G. Istock Mr. & Mrs. Richard Janes Mrs. Sybil Jaques Johnson Controls Foundation William & Ellen Kahn Chaim, Fanny, Louis, Benjamin & Anne Florence Kaufman Memorial Trust Mr. Gerald Knechtel Mr. & Mrs. Mike Kojaian Nancy & Bud Liebler Mr. Alphonse S. Lucarelli Mr. & Mrs. Eugene A. Miller Milliken & Company Neiman Marcus Linden D. Nelson Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Irving Nusbaum Mr. & Mrs. Graham A Orley Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Orley Mr. & Mrs. Donald E. Petersen Mr. & Mrs. Harold A. Poling Mr. & Mrs. David Pollack PVS Chemicals Inc. Mrs. Ruth Rattner/Ann F . Katz & Norman D. Katz Mr. & Mrs. Alan E. Schwartz Mr. & Mrs. Donald E. Schwendemann Mrs. Rosemary Skupny Mr. & Mrs. S. Kinnie Smith, Jr. Mr. Richard A. Sonenklar Mr. Stanford C. Stoddard Thyssen Inc., N.A. Mr. & Mrs. C. Thomas Toppin Mr. & Mrs. Herbert Tyner The Samuel L. Westerman Foundation Dr. & Mrs. Clyde Wu $25,000 to $49,999 Mr. & Mrs. Douglas F . Allison Anonymous Mr. & Mrs. Gebran S. Anton Mrs. John V. Balian Mrs. Loris G. Birnkrant The Wayne Booker Charitable Foundation The Budd Company Covansys Corporation Crain Communications Inc. Julia D. Darlow & John C. O’Meara Larry & Dodie David Dr. & Mrs. George A. Dean Delphi Foundation Mrs. Margaret Demant Detroit International Bridge Company Eaton Corporation
Mrs. Pearl Brodsky Mrs. Martin L. Butzel Dr. & Mrs. Joseph L. Cahalan Mrs. Eleanor A. Christie Mr. David A. Clark Sheldon & Barbara Cohn Community Counseling Services Co., Inc. Shelly & Peter Cooper Mr. & Mrs. Rodkey Craighead Cherrill & Richard Cregar & Family Decision Consultants Inc. Ms. Mary Jane Doerr Mr. Don Francis Duggan Drusilla Farwell Foundation Anthony F & Sarah M. . Earley Rona & Herbert Freedland Mrs. Roy Fruehauf James & Barbara Garavaglia Charles & Elaine Gunderson Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Hagopian Miss Mary A. Hester Judith Hicks & Eric Hespenheide Alan & Eleanor Israel Mr. & Mrs. Albert A. Jadach Ms. Elizabeth Judson Johnson JPRA/Peterhansrea Architects The Hon. Mitchell I. Kafarski & Zofia Drozdowska, M.D. with sons Erik M. Kafarski & Konrad C. Kafarski Mr. & Mrs. Stephen D. Kasle & Family Mr. & Mrs. Thomas G. Kirby Mr. & Mrs. John A. Kirlin Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Klein Mr. & Mrs. Harvey Kline Ms. Eleanor Korn Mr. & Mrs. Robert C. Larson La-Z-Boy Mr. Raymond A. Lehtinen Dr. & Mrs. Leonard Lerner Dr. & Mrs. Kim K. Lie Locniskar Group Mrs. Lawrence LoPatin Mr. Frank E. Miller Marsha & Jeffrey H. Miro Glen & Carmel Mitchell Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Theodore Monolidis Mr. & Mrs. Charles R. Moon Ronald K. Morrison Dr. & Mrs. Moon J. Pak Mr. & Mrs. Jules Pallone Dr. Robert E. L. Perkins Plunkett & Cooney PC. PricewaterhouseCoopers L.L.P. Mr. & Mrs. Robert Rauth Mr. James Reddam Mr. & Mrs. Dean E. Richardson James & Marguerite Rigby Mr. & Mrs. William R. Roberts Mr. & Mrs. Peter Ronan Mr. & Mrs. David P. Ruwart Saturn Electronics & Engineering Inc. Dr. Norman & Marilyn Schakne Dr. Barbara & Mr. Laurence Schiff Mr. & Mrs. Laurence Schultz Simmons & Clark Jewelers Dr. & Mrs. Sheldon Sonkin Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Strome Dr. & Mrs. David Susser Dr. & Mrs. L. Murray Thomas Thompson-McCully Co. Dr. Roberta & Mr. Sheldon Toll
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Mr. & Mrs. Robert G. Vallee, Sr. Ann Kirk Warren Ronald & Eileen Weiser Mr. J. Ernest Wilde The Hon. Joan E. Young & Mr. Thomas Schellenberg Mr. & Mrs. Theodore Zegouras $5,000 to $9,999 The Randolph J. & Judith A. Agley Foundation Albert Kahn Associates, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Paul Airasian Mr. & Mrs. Assad Amine Anonymous Mr. & Mrs. Robert L. Anthony, IV Joseph E. & Kathleen A. Antonini Foundation Ms. Helen Arnoldi-Rowe Dr. Robyn J. Arrington, Jr. A & S Supply Company Dr. & Mrs. Ingida Asfaw Andrea & James Balcerski Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Barefoot Brian & Heidi Bartes Dr. & Mrs. John G. Bielawski Mr. & Mrs. W. George Bihler Mr. & Mrs. David Bird Mr. & Mrs. G. Peter Blom Mr. & Mrs. Richard Bockoff Mr. & Mrs. Chester E. Borck Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Borden Mr. & Mrs. Donald J. Bortz, Jr. Louis & Carolyn Bruno Tracey & Mark I. Burnstein Sally Carlson CenTra, Inc. Dr. & Mrs. Victor J. Cervenak Dr. Barbara Chapman & Mr. Frank Andrews Mrs. Maria M. Chirco Mr. William G. Clark Ms. Virginia M. Clementi Dr. & Mrs. Julius V. Combs Dr. Mary Carol Conroy Mr. John A. Conti Mrs. Rosemary Cotter Mary & Sal Craparotta Dr. & Mrs. Victor Curatolo Barbara & Paul W. Czamanske, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Jerry P. D’Avanzo Mr. & Mrs. David E. Davis Dr. & Mrs. Anthony DeLuca Mr. & Mrs. Thomas D. Demery David K. Diskin, M.D. & Dorothy Diskin Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence F . DuMouchelle Frank G. & Gertrude Dunlap Foundation Mr. & Mrs. George R. Ehlert Mr. Richard Engel Mr. & Mrs. Francis A. Engelhardt Dr. Fern R. Espino & Mr. Tom Short Dr. Haifa Fakhouri, ACC Dr. & Mrs. Herbert Feldstein Mr. & Mrs. Paul Firnschild Ms. Linda Forte & Mr. Tyrone Davenport Mr. & Mrs. Mitchell B. Foster Mrs. Rema Frankel Mr. & Mrs. George E. Frost Dr. & Mrs. Juan Ganum Mrs. Frank Germack, Jr. Mr. Michael Gerstenberger Mr. Joseph Giacalone Dr. & Mrs. Thomas Giancarlo Mrs. Ernest Goodman Mr. & Mrs. Carson C. Grunewald
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Gualtieri Mrs. Alice Berberian Haidostian Mr. Lawrence W. Hall Margot & Jerry Halperin Mr. & Mrs. Mort Harris Mr. & Mrs. Bernard Hartman Derek & Karen Hodgson Mr. & Mrs. I. Martin Inglis Colette & Darnell Jackson Gary E. & Gwenn C. Johnson Johnson & Johnson Ms. Rosemary Joliat Lawrence & Diane Jones Elliot & Carolyn Joseph David G. Judge & Laura A. Tchorznski Kater Foundation KDS International Dr. & Mrs. Charles Kessler Mr. Arthur H. Kirsh Harvey & Aileen Kleiman Mrs. Carolyn Knechtel Barbara & Michael Kratchman Dr. & Mrs. Alfred M. Kreindler Dr. Richard & Victoria Kulis Mr. & Mrs. Lee E. Landes Mr. & Mrs. Richard M. Larson Dr. & Mrs. Alden M. Leib Christine & Elmore Leonard Rita & Lance Leonelli Dr. & Mrs. John M. Lesesne Mr. & Mrs. Charles E. Letts, Jr. Dr. & Mrs. Murray B. Levin Ms. Mary Sirotkin Lewis Lewis & Thompson Agency, Inc. Jodi & Ivan Ludington, Jr. Benard L. Maas Foundation Mrs. Ruth MacRae Mrs. Barbara J. Mahone & Sarah Lou Simpson Fund Mr. Donald W. Maine Ms. Mary C. Mazure Mr. & Mrs. Mark McCartin Mr. & Mrs. Angus J. McMillan Mrs. Lucie B. Meininger Mexican Industries In Michigan, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. George Milidrag Rita & Morkus K. Mitrius Monica Moffat & Patrick J. McGuire Mr. & Mrs. Fred Morganroth Mr. Edwin Lee Morrell Mr. & Mrs. Joel Morris Mrs. Joan M. Mossner Mr. & Mrs. David C. Mulligan A. Sandy Munro Mr. Charles Nave Sandra & Jeanne’ Naysmith Frank & Karen Nesi Dorothy I. & George W. Nouhan Dr. Marie C. Nowosielski Oxford Automotive PaineWebber Mr. & Mrs. James Pamel Manuel L. & Louise J. Papista Mr. & Mrs. David P. Parr Penna Family The Private Bank Mr. & Mrs. Bernard Quinlan Darrel & Dawn Reece Drs. Robert & Patricia Reed Mr. & Mrs. John B. Renick Suzanne & Robert L. Rewey The Ritz-Carlton, Dearborn Patricia Rodzik Dulcie & Norman Rosenfeld Mr. & Mrs. Gerald F Ross . Mr. Thomas F Rost .
Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Roth Ms. Lindsay Roth & Dr. Harvey Day Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Rugiero Mr. & Mrs. Lee C. Saperstein Mr. & Mrs. Richard J. Schlitters Mark & Sally Schwartz Benjamin Schwegman & Judith Tappero-Schwegman Lois & Mark Shaevsky Mr. & Mrs. Roger F Sherman . Dr. & Mrs. Michael Short Mr. Robert Sievers Barbara & Roger B. Smith Ms. Phyllis Funk Snow Ms. Anne Markley Spivak Mr. Edward L. Stahl Ms. Mary Ann Stella Mr. & Mrs. Bob G. Stevenson Joel & Shelley Tauber Lorna Thomas, M.D. Michael & Nancy Timmis Mr. George C. Turek Universal Forest Products, Inc. Dr. & Mrs. Leonard Van Raaphorst Joseph & Rosalie Vicari Victory ReSteel, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. William P. Vititoe Mr. & Mrs. Richard C. Ward Mr. & Mrs. Gary L. White Mr. & Mrs. William Widmyer Chris & Susan Wilhelm Mr. & Mrs. Eric A. Wiltshire Mr. Todd A. Wyett Ms. Shiao-Fong Yin NAmed GiftS We extend our gratitude to the following donors to all three phases of the capital campaign – the Campaign to Restore the Detroit Opera House, the New Century Fund Campaign, and the Crowning Achievement Campaign – who have underwritten designated areas in the Detroit Opera House. AAA Proscenium Arch Dr. & Mrs. Roger M. Ajluni Grand Lobby Staircase Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. Allesee Allesee Dance Patron Lounge Allesee Dance & Opera Resource Library
Anonymous Donor Grand Lobby Dr. & Mrs. Donald C. Austin Grand Lobby Central Chandelier Lee & Floy Barthel Costume Center, Center for Arts & Learning Volunteer Lounge BASF Corporation Flexible Classroom, Center for Arts & Learning Mr. & Mrs. John A. Boll Marlene Boll Hall The Cohn Family Fund Dance Center, Center for Arts & Learning Comerica Charitable Foundation Grand Dome Lobby, Center for Production & Administration The Chrysler Foundation Community Performance Theater, Center for Arts & Learning DaimlerChrysler Services Patron Elevator, Center for Arts & Learning Mr. & Mrs. Tarik S. Daoud Grand Drape DeRoy Testamentary Foundation Conference Room, Center for Production & Administration Detroit Edison Foundation Mezzanine Level in Opera Hall Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Dewar Trustee Circle Lobby, Madison Mary Sue & Paul Ewing Broadway Box Office Ford Motor Company Backstage Renovation Broadway Lobby Center for Arts & Learning Barbara Frankel & Ron Michalak Patron Elevator, Center for Production & Administration Herman & Barbara Frankel General Director’s Circle Lounge Herman & Sharon Frankel Parking Garage General Motors Corporation Cadillac Café Opera Plaza
Michigan Opera Theatre notes with sadness the passing of Trustees and General Director’s Circle members this past year. Their commitment and enthusiasm for the arts and cultural life of our community will be missed. Ric Hill The Hon. Hilda Gage Dolores Lavins Maxwell Jospey Jacqueline N. Mularoni Lee C. Saperstein Richard D. Starkweather Frank D. Stella Dr. Marilyn L. Williamson
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Robert & Alice Gustafson Third Floor Lobby Alcove, Madison David Handleman, Sr. Media Studio, Center for Arts & Learning Danialle & Peter Karmanos Broadway Façade William & Ellen Kahn Co-Star Dressing Room Chaim, Fanny, Louis, Benjamin & Ann Florence Kaufman Memorial Trust Grand Lobby Side Chandelier
Wallis & Robert M. Klein Grand Lobby Staircase Mirror Delores & Paul Lavins Grand Lobby Side Chandelier Grand Lobby Staircase Mirror Lear Corporation Rehearsal Studio I Lobby Trustee Circle Level in Opera Hall The Lomason Family The William K. & Neva Lomason Opera Lounge
Oliver Dewey Marcks Foundation Third Floor Promenade Staircase Lobby to 2nd Floor, Madison MichCon Foundation Grand Lobby Boutique The Karen & Drew Peslar Foundation Co-Star Dressing Room Mr. & Mrs. John Rakolta Rehearsal Studio II Mr. & Mrs. Irving Rose Patron Elevator, John R Tower
Mrs. Carolyn L. Ross Grand Lobby Staircase Mirror Raymond C. Smith Foundation Fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan Raymond C. Smith Lobby Mr. & Mrs. Lynn Townsend Trustee Circle Lobby, Broadway Mr. & Mrs. George C. Vincent Madison Lobby
Mr. & Mrs. Alvin Wasserman Box Level Promenade Dr. & Mrs. Sam Williams Barbara Gibson Stairway Exhibit, Broadway World Heritage Foundation Conductor’s Dressing Room
Contributors to Annual Campaigns
Michigan Opera Theatre gratefully acknowledges the generous corporate, foundation, government and individual donors whose contributions were made between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010. Their generosity plays an integral part in the company’s financial stability, necessary for producing quality grand opera and dance, and award-winning educational activities. corporAte SUpport operA & dANce SiGNAL BeNefActor $50,000 – $199,000 Ford Motor Company Fund Fall Opera Season Sponsor Ballet Hispanico Educational Outreach Sponsor JP Morgan Chase Don Giovanni Educational Outreach Sponsor Ballet Hispanico Educational Outreach Sponsor Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Educational Outreach Sponsor Community Programs Support Masco Corporation Foundation General Operating Support Community Programs Support Bank of America BravoBravo! Presenting Sponsor mAJor BeNefActor $25,000 - $49,999 ArvinMeritor Don Giovanni Performance Sponsor General Operating Support Golf Outing Sponsor GMAC Ballet Hispanico Educational Outreach Sponsor Lexus BravoBravo! Automotive Sponsor BeNefActor $15,000 - $24,999 DTE Energy Foundation A Little Night Music Performance Sponsor Marathon Ballet Hispanico Educational Outreach Sponsor
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Motor City Casino Hotel Allesee Lounge, Main Stage Bar & Entrance Lobby BravoBravo! Sponsor feLLoW $10,000 - $14,999 Mack Avenue Records Too Hot to Handel Production Sponsor MGM Mirage Voice Foundation MOT Children’s Chorus Sponsor PNC Foundation General Operating Support The Private Bank The Nutcracker Performance Sponsor SUStAiNer $5,000 - $9,999 Great Lakes Beverage BravoBravo! Sponsor Greektown Casino BravoBravo! Sponsor MGM Grand Casino BravoBravo! Sponsor McDonald’s BravoBravo! Sponsor pAtroN $2,500 - $4,999 Ash Stevens General Operating Support Boyle Burdett DiDio BravoBravo! Sponsor DeLand & Kelso, Howe, Kerwin Families BravoBravo! Sponsor Detroit Radiant Products/ Alpine Acceptance Holdings BravoBravo! Sponsor The Farbman Group/ Garden Court Condominiums BravoBravo! Sponsor IATSE General Operating Support Kutinsky/Brager BravoBravo! Sponsor
Politically Smart, LLC BravoBravo! Sponsor Resume Writers.com BravoBravo! Sponsor RBC Wealth Management Don Giovanni Educational Outreach Sponsor Target Community Program Support Wolverine Packing Company General Operating Support doNor $1,000 - $2,499 Ash Stevens Community Programs Support Barris, Sott, Denn & Driker, P.L.L.C. General Operating Support Kindermorgan Foundation General Operating Support Opal E. Event Planning LLC BravoBravo Sponsor Solomon Friedman Advertising Golf Outing Sponsor The Westin Book Cadillac BravoBravo! Hospitality Sponsor coNtriBUtor $500 - $999 CU Corp General Operating Support The Capital Grille BravoBravo! Sponsor Clark Hill PLC BravoBravo! Sponsor Comerica Bank BravoBravo! Sponsor The Designate BravoBravo! Sponsor Maddin, Hauser, Wartell, Roth et al General Operating Support Opus One General Operating Support
PPG Foundation General Operating Support Schreiber Corporation Golf Outing Sponsor Special Events Party Rental General Operating Support foUNdAtioN & GoVerNmeNt SUpport operA & dANce GoVerNmeNt Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs National Endowment for the Arts $100,000 + The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan The Kresge Foundation McGregor Fund $30,000 – $99,999 Mandell L. and Madeleine H. Berman Foundation MOT Children’s Chorus Sponsor General Operating Support Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation Sage Foundation $10,000 - $29,999 DeRoy Testamentary Foundation Young Artist Apprentice Program Sponsor Don Giovanni Performance Sponsor Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation Alice Kales Hartwick Foundation Oliver Dewey Marcks Foundation Ida & Conrad H. Smith Endowment for the Michigan Opera Theatre Tosca Performance Sponsor Samuel L. Westerman Foundation J. Ernest & Almena Gray Wilde Foundation Matilda R. Wilson Fund
$5,000 - $9,999 Arts Midwest The Cincinatti Ballet Nutcracker Performance Sponsor Herbert and Elsa Ponting Foundation Elizabeth, Allan and Warren Shelden Fund Mary Thompson Foundation $1,000 - $4,999 Frank G. and Gertrude Dunlap Fund General Operating Support Golf Outing Sponsor Drusilla Farwell Foundation James & Lynelle Holden Fund Frank & Mary Lamberson Foundation Lee & Maxine Peck Foundation MOT Children’s Chorus Music Library Sponsor Karen & Drew Peslar Foundation Ralph L. and Winifred E. Polk Foundation Sigmund and Sophie Rohlik Foundation Louis and Nellie Sieg Fund Young Woman’s Home Association $999 and Below Detroit Industrial School mAJor GiftS operA $35,000 and above Mr. & Mrs. Herman Frankel $25,000-$30,000 Mr. Richard Sonenklar Mr. & Mrs. R. Jamison Williams $10,000-$12,000 Barbara Frankel & Ron Michalak Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. Lutz Mrs. Susanne McMillan Mrs. Ruth Rattner Mr. & Mrs. Paul Victor $5,000 Penske Corporation Robert Thibodeau Barbara Williams
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iNdiVidUAL SUpport — operA GeNerAL director’S circLe impreSArio $10,000+ Mr. & Mrs. Richard Alonzo Gretchen & Ethan Davidson Mrs. Barbara Frankel & Mr. Ronald Michalak Mr. & Mrs. Herman Frankel Chak & Beth Lai Mrs. Susanne McMillan Mr. & Mrs. Roy Roberts Richard Sonenklar Mr. Richard D. Ventura Janet & Paul Victor BeNefActor $5,000 - $9,999 Mr. & Mrs. Douglas F Allison . Hon. & Mrs. Edward Avadenka Mr. & Mrs. Lee Barthel ANONYMOUS Mrs. Ilse Calcagno Mr. Thomas Cohn Dr. David DiChiera Ms. Nell Duke & Mr. David Ammer Mrs. Marianne M. Endicott Marjorie M. Fisher Mrs. Rema Frankel Carole & Norman Hofley Foundation Mrs. Harriet Hull Mr. & Mrs. Addison Igleheart Dr. William Kupky Mr. & Mrs. Harry A. Lomason II Ms. Monica Moffat & Pat McGuire Dr. & Mrs. Stephen A. Munk Dr. Charlotte & Mr. Charles Podowski Mrs. Carolyn L. Ross Ms. Elham Shayota William Smith Mr. Richard A. Sonenklar Dr. Calvin L. Stevens Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Terrell Mr. & Mrs. George C. Vincent Mr. & Mrs. R. Jamison Williams SUStAiNer $2,500 - $4,999 Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Allesee Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Anderson Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Angileri, Joseph Dr. Harold Mitchell Arrington Mr. & Mrs. James M. Balcerski Mr. & Mrs. Mark Alan Baun Madge & Bill Berman Lee & Paul Blizman Martha & Peter Blom Margaret Borden Mr. & Mrs. Richard Bowlby Dr. Carol S. ChadwickSpivak Mr. & Mrs. Alfred Cheesebrough III Mr. & Mrs. Michael Chirco Hon. & Mrs. Avern L. Cohn Mrs. RoseAnne Comstock Dr. Mary Carol Conroy Drs. Laura & Jeffrey Corrigan Mrs. Mary Rita Cuddohy Mrs. Victor Curatolo Ms. Joanne Danto & Mr. Arnie Weingarden Mr. & Mrs. Jerry D’Avanzo
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Dr. Charles H. Duncan Mr. Sanford Hansell & Dr. Raina Ernstoff Mr. & Mrs. Paul E. Ewing Mr. & Mrs. Lloyd C. Fell Mrs. Max M. Fisher Mr. & Mrs. Carl B. Fontana Mr. & Mrs. Harvey Freeman Mr. & Mrs. James Garavaglia Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Giancamilli Mr. Daron Gifford Mr. Allan Gilmour Mrs. Alfred R. Glancy, III Mr. & Mrs. Richard Goetz Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Hartwig Mrs. David B. Hermelin Mr. & Mrs. Derek Hodgson Eleanor & Alan Israel Mr. & Mrs. Verne G. Istock Mr. & Mrs. Gary E. Johnson Ms. Mary Barton Jolliffe Mrs Helen-Dove Jones Mr. & Mrs. Maxwell Jospey Mr. and Mrs. Martin Kellman Mr. & Mrs. Steve Kesler Dr. & Mrs. Gerald Laken Dr. Jennifer Langowski & Mr. Tom Kostecke Mr. & Mrs. Paul Lavins Dr. & Mrs. Zvi Levran Dr. & Mrs. Miguel LisPlanells Marian & Stephan Loginsky Mrs. Florence LoPatin Mr. Alphonse S. Lucarelli Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. Lutz Dr. & Mrs. Stephen Mancuso Ron & Zvjezdana Martella Ms. Mary C. Mazure Mr. & Mrs. Richard McBrien Dr. Lisa Meils Ms. Anne Moroun Jennifer Nasser Dr. & Mrs. Peter Nickles Mr. & Mrs. Graham A Orley Mr. Jonathan Orser Mr. & Mrs. Stanford Ovshinsky Mr. Joseph R. Papp Mr. & Mrs. Brock E. Plumb Mr. & Mrs. Bill Powers Mrs. Ruth F Rattner . Mr. & Mrs. Irving Rose Mr. & Mrs. Norman H. Rosenfeld Mr. & Mrs. Hugh C. Ross Ms. Janice Ross Mr. & Mrs. William Sandy Ms. Georgia Scappaticci Dr. Barbara & Mr. Laurence Schiff Kim & Donald Schmidt Drs. Kathryn & Karl Schroeder Mr. & Mrs. Steven Sell Lois & Mark Shaevsky Arlene Shaler Mr. & Mrs. Erwin S. Simon Mr. & Mrs. S. Kinnie Smith, Jr. Ms. Phyllis Snow Mr. & Mrs. David S. Snyder Dr. & Mrs. Robert J. Sokol Mr. & Mrs. Frank Sonye Mr. & Mrs. Paul Spica Dr. Gregory Stephens Dr. & Mrs. Gerald H. Stollman Dr. Ruth Strausz Dr. Jonathan Swift Dr. & Mrs. L. Murray Thomas Dr. Lorna Thomas Mr. & Mrs. C. Thomas Toppin Dr. Dana Zakalik & John Weber
John Wickey Mrs. Amelia H. Wilhelm Dr. & Mrs. Christopher D. Wilhelm Dina & Eric Winter Mr. Andrew Wise Mr. & Mrs. Larry Zangerle Mrs. Paul Zuckerman doNorS $2,000 - $2,499 Mr. & Mrs. Kenn Allen Ms. Adel Amerman Dr. Lourdes Andaya Gebran & Suzanne Anton Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Applebaum Mrs. Donald J. Atwood Dr. David S. Balle Mr. Noel Baril & Dr. Jeff Tranchida Mrs. John G. Bielawski Mr. & Mrs. Eugene W. Blanchard Mr. & Mrs. John Boll Mr. Jim Bonahoom Mr. & Mrs. Donald Brasie Mrs. Betty Bright Mr. & Mrs. Richard A. Brodie Mr. & Mrs. William Brooks Mr. & Mrs. Frederick H. Clark Mr. Edward Cody Mr. & Mrs. Peter Cooper Julia Donovan Darlow & John C. O’Meara Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence N. David Mr. & Mrs. Walter Dean Mr. Tom Delaney Philip Stoffregen & Leslie Desmond Mr. & Mrs. Cameron B. Duncan Mr. & Mrs. Robert B. Fair, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Oscar Feldman Adrienne & Robert Z. Feldstein Mrs. Elaine Fontana Mr. & Mrs. Stuart Frankel Aviva & Dean Friedman Dr. Glendon Gardner & Ms. Leslie Landau Ms. Dorothy Gerfon Mr. & Mrs. Keith E. Gifford Mr. & Mrs. Carson C. Grunewald Mr. & Mrs. Sam Haberman Mrs. Hilda I. Hamburger Mr. Kenneth E. Hart Dr. & Mrs. Gerhardt A. Hein Mr. & Mrs. David H. Hill Mr. Paul Howoleski & Mr. John Jovanovich Mr. William Hulsker Mary & John Irvine Mr. Don Jensen & Mr. Leo Dovelle Mr. Thomas Jordan Mr. & Mrs. Norman D. Katz Mrs. Josephine Kessler Dr. & Mrs. Edward Klarman Mr. & Mrs. Michael Kratchman Ms. Mary Lamparter Dr. & Mrs. Alden Leib Mrs. Lorraine Lerner Mr. Melvin Lester Mrs. Linda Dresner Levy & Mr. Edward Levy, Jr. Dr. & Mrs. Stanley Levy Mr. & Mrs. Arthur C. Liebler Dr. & Mrs. Robert P. Lisak Mark-Lis Family Fund Mrs. Florine Mark
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Dr. Deanna & Mr. David Holtzman Mr. & Mrs. Darnell D. Jackson Chacona & Arthur Johnson Mr. Henry M. Kassen Sally & John Kendrick Ms. Ida King Mr. David Lebenbom Mr. Charles Letts Mr. & Mrs. John D. Lewis Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Malaney The Hon. Jack & Dr. Bettye Arrington Martin McCartin, Marlene & Mark Ms. Patricia McKanna Mr. & Mrs. William Michaluk Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Miller Lois & Eugene Miller Mr. & Mrs. Glen Mitchell Mr. & Mrs. Richard P. Norling Mrs. Sophie Pearlstein Hannelore & Claus Petermann Miss Alma M. Petrini Mr. & Mrs. Derek Pflum Irene Piccone Dr. & Mrs. Peter J. Polidori Mrs. Waltraud Prechter Barbara & James Quinn Mrs. Margaret Raben The Elmira l. Rhein Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Richert Jerry & Connie Ross Mr. & Mrs. George Roumell, Jr. Mrs. Elizabeth Schmidt Mr. & Mrs. Mark Schwartz Mr. & Mrs. Herbert Shanbaum Maureen & Terry Shea Mr. & Mrs. Peter Silveri Mr. & Mrs. Richard Sloan Karon & Melvin Smith Ms. Renate Soulen Mrs. Richard Starkweather Dr. & Mrs. Mack C. Stirling Joanne & Richard Taylor Mr. & Mrs. John P. Tierney Barbara Van Dusen Sis & Jonathan Walton Clara & Henry Whiting Gdc ANNUAL pArtY hoStS Don Jensen & Leo Dovelle and Gwen & Richard Bowlby Gdc opeNiNG NiGht & 2nd SAtUrdAY NiGht iNtermiSSioN SpoNSorS Gloria & Fred Clark Marianne Endicott Adrienne & Robert Feldstein Karen & Derek Hodgson Barbara Frankel & Ron Michalak Eleanor & Alan Israel Denise & Bob Lutz Drs. Barbara & Stephen Munk Kim & Don Schmidt Dr. Jonathan Swift Ron Switzer & Jim McClure
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memBerShip doNorS LUmiNArY $500-$999 Ms. Nancy E. Adamson Dr. Kimberly Aiken and Mr. Thomas Wilson Ms. Rumia Ambrose-Burbank Mr. Paul E. Anders Ms. Robyn Anspach Mr. and Mrs. Gebran S. Anton Dr. and Mrs. Joel Appel Mr. and Mrs. Chester Arnold Mr. John H. Barbes Mr. Walter Baughman Ms. Ruth Berean Mr. Stanislaw Bialoglowski Dr. and Mrs. Eric Billes Dr. and Mrs. David Bloom Professor and Mrs. Dale E. Briggs Ms. Margery E. Brooks Ms. Elizabeth Bunn Ms. Evelyn Burton Dr. & Mrs. Dana Busch Dr. and Mrs. Roger C. Byrd Mr. and Mrs. Efstratios Calagias Mr. and Mrs. Brian C. Campbell Ms. C.R. Campitelle Reverend Paul F Chateau . Mrs. Catherine L.Ciotti Mrs. Rosa Mary Crawford Mr. Walter Cukrowski III Mr. and Mrs. Richard de Bear Mrs. Adeline J. DeBiasi Dr. & Mrs. Anthony DeLuca Jeffrey T. Diffenderfer Dr. and Mrs. Donald Ditmars Dr. Helene C. Dombrowski Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Driker Ms. Irene Dzialak Monica E. Emerson The Hon. Sharon Tevis Finch Mrs. Paul Firnschild Dr. Evelyn Fisher Mr. William F Fisher . Mrs. Shirley M. Flanagan Mr. Marvin Frenkel Dr. Yvonne Friday and Mr. Stephen Black Dr. and Mrs. Michael Geheb Nathaniel Good Ms. Shirley Gray Mrs. Patricia Greenwood Mr. Henry Grix Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hamel Mr. Robert F Hanna . Mr. Michael E. Hinsky Beth Hoger and Lisa Swem Mr. and Mrs. Iacobelli Mr. and Mrs. Joseph F . Jeannette Mr. and Mrs. Richard Jeryan Ms. Mary C. B. Jones Mr. and Mrs. David Joswick Mr. and Mrs. Alex Karp Mrs. M. T. Keefe Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kelly Mr. John Keros Mr. and Mrs. Justin Klimko Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Knas Mr. and Mrs. Roy H. Koponen Mr. Robert L. Kyes and Ms. Dagmar K. Moore Al and Susan Lacroix Mr. Max Lepler and Mr. Rex L. Dotson Mr. and Mrs. Armando Lopez Mrs. Joseph Maniscalco Mr. and Mrs. Steven T. Marlette Ms. Jennifer Marling Dr. and Mr. Crystal and David Martin Mr. Elin Mathews Judge and Mrs. George G. Matish Ms. Mary McGough Mr. C. David Campbell Mr. and Mrs. James McLennan Ms. Marion Melody
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Mr. Kevin J. Bradbury Dr. and Mrs. Sander J. Breiner Ms. Geraldine Brooks Ms. Joann F Brooks . Mrs. Milena Brown Mr. Sheldon Brown Dr. Cynthia Browne Mr. and Mrs. Frank Brzenk Mr. Norman Bucknor Dr. Colleen Bullard Dr. & Mrs. Gerald Burke Mr. Dale A. Buss III Mr. Perry Caldwell Ms. Nettie Calhoun Miss Helen H. Cannon Dr. Karson Carpenter Mr. and Mrs. Ron Carter Mr. and Mrs. L. B. Chappuis Dr. and Mrs. Arthur Chester Mrs. Gus Cifelli Mr. and Mrs. Reginald L. Ciokajlo Claudia and Carlos Civeriatti Ms. Mary Lou Cochran Ms. Derenda Collins Ms. Graciela Rojas Conley Mr. Robert Costello Mr. David Lorimer Craig Dr. K Crawford-Fuller Dr. and Mrs. Victor Cruz Mr. and Mrs. Norman Dancy Ms. Gail Danto Ms. Suann Darmody Ms. Nadine Deleury Mr. and Mrs. Armando Delicato Dr. Frank DeMarco Dr. Frank DeMarco Mrs. Mary DeTomaso Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence H. Dickelmann, Jr. Barbara Diles Dr. and Mrs. Herbert H. Dobbs Diane and Roland Drayson Mr. John Dreifus Ms. Nina S Drolias Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Drucker Dr. and Mrs. Richard Dryer George and Barbara Dunn Robin and Leo Eisenberg The Hon. and Mrs. S.J. Elden Mr. F Jose Engel . Mr. and Mrs. Paul S. Ensign Mrs. Linda B. Etter Mr. Wayne C. Everly Mary Kaye and Mason Ferry Ms. Judith Fietz Mr. Charles Fine Drs. Julie B. Finn and Brandley Rowens Dr. Lydia H. Fischer Mr. and Mrs. James E. Fisk Ms. Sue Force Dr. and Mrs. Saul Forman Kathleen and Joeseph Byrne Mrs. Susan A. Fox Mr. Jerry Earle and Mr. George Francoeur Mrs. Harold L. Frank Ms. Josephine E. Franz Ms. Carol Friend Mr. and Mrs. Daniel E. Frohardt-Lane Mr. and Mrs. Richard M. Gabrys Ms. Kathleen Gahan Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Garberding Ms. Catherine H. Gardner Dr. and Mrs. Herb Gardner Mr. and Mrs. David Gaskin Ms. Beth Genne Dr. and Mrs. Byron P. Georgeson Dr. Marilyn Gerwolls Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Gilmore Ms. Patricia Godell Dr. and Mrs. Theodore A. Golden Dr. and Mrs. Robert Goldman Mr. and Mrs. Gary Goodman
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Jennifer Jolliffe Carmen and Tracey Jones Mr. Scott Jorgensen Ms. Nina Keener Mr. Daniel J. Kehoe Mr. Douglas Kellerman Ms. Shirley Kelley Lee Khachaturian Mr. Norbert Kidd Ms. Joyce Urba and David Kinsella Mr. and Mrs. Richard M. Klein Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Klein Mr. and Mrs. Thomas N. Klimko Mr. Mario J. Kocaj Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas P. Kondak Mr. William J. Kostrzewa Mr. and Mrs. Robert and Jeannette Kozar Mr. and Mrs. William Kroger Eric Krukonis and Susan Murray Dr. and Mrs. Richard Kulbersh Dr. and Mrs. James Labes Ms. Christine Laing Mrs. Ilene Lanfear Dr. Joseph Lapides and Ms. Arlene Gorelick Larry and Robin Lash Mr. Ray H. Lawson Mrs. Robert E. Lazzerin, Jr. Dr. and Mr. Corey Leon Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Levin Ms. Marina Levy Mr. and Mrs. Ronald M. Lewicki Mr. Norman Lewis Dr. and Mrs. John H. Libcke Mr. and Mrs. Richard T. Lindgren Mr. and Mrs. Michael Linebaugh Mr. and Mrs. Erik Lokensgard Dr. J. Lonsway and Ms. Tammy Gleeson Mrs. Mary Loria Mr. John Lovegren and Mr. Daniel Isenschmid Mr. and Mrs. John Lowe Marcus Lozser
Ms. Janet Groening Marsh Mr. and Mrs. Victor Marshall Mr. Matthew Mason and Ms. Renate Klass Dr. and Mrs. David E. Massignan Mr. and Mrs. David McClorey Mr. and Mrs. Ralph McCreedy Mr. Ron McCullick Ms. Katherine McCullough Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. McDonald Mr. Richard McMains Mr. and Mrs. Donald McMechan Mr. and Mrs. Brian Meer Dr. and Mrs. Anthony B. Michaels Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Migdal Mr. Anthony Mikoy Mr. Bernard Mindell Dr. Edward Missavage, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. James Montante James and Eunice Moore Mr. and Mrs. E. Alan Moorhouse Dr. James L. Moseley Mrs. Mary C. Myers Mr. Jeff Messano Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Niforos Ms. Lois E. Norman Mrs. Henrietta V. Nowakowski Ms. Julie Owens Ms. Jane Pais Ms. Margot Parker Courtney C. and Daniel A. Pasiak Mrs. Lucy Peck Rosemari and Udo Pemisz Ms. Rosmari Pernisz Mr. and Mrs. Eduardo M. Perou Lynn and Sharon Phillips Mr. and Mrs. James Pike Mr. and Mrs. William Piontkowski King Frank and Queen Caole Porretaa Dr. and Mrs. Fritz Port
Mrs. David W. Porter Professor David Potter Ms. Eva Powers Dr. and Mrs. Ronald R. Primeau Dr. and Mrs. Michael Prysak Hope and Larry Raymond Mr. and Mrs. John W. Reddy Mr. Dennis C. Regan and Miss Ellen M. Strand Mr. Paul Regoni Mr. Luis Resto Mr. and Mrs. John J. Riccardo Mrs. Ruta Ricci Robin Ridley Mr. and Mrs. F Rice . Robert and Kimberly Rinck Mr. and Mrs. David Ripple Mrs. M.Jane Roberts Mr. and Mrs. Jack Robinson Mr. and Mrs. Peter J. Roddy Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Rose Helen A Rowin Mr. and Mrs. Leroy H. Runk Mr. Daniel G. Rusecki Mr. and Mrs. Joel Russell Charles and Adam Russman John and Aileen Sanders Karen L. Saxton Miss Phyllis Scales and Charles R. Scales Jr. Drs. Robert and Franziska Schoenfeld Mr. and Mrs. William Schumer Mr. Barry Schwartz Ms. Kelsey Schwartz Mr. and Mrs. Michael Schwartz Mr. Julius Scott Mrs. Marnita M. Scott Mr. and Mrs. Kingsley Sears Dr. Vera Sekulov Marc and Naomi Shaberman Mrs. Cynthia B. Shaw Dr. and Mrs. Donald Sherman Mr. and Mrs. James Sherman Mr. and Mrs. George Shirley Dr. and Mrs. Paul Siatczynski Mr. and Mrs. Harold Siebert Mrs. Bluma Siegal Ms. Char Singewald
Mr. Arvi Sinka Mr. James J. Slowik Wilbur Smith MD Mrs. Alma J. Snider Dr. Gino Sovran Mrs. Denise Stein Dr. Mildred Ponder Stennis Dr. and Mrs. Sheldon Stern James and Susan Stevens Mr. and Mrs. Allan Stillwagon Dr. and Mrs. Choichi Sugawa Mrs. Diane Sullivan Ms. Elizabeth Sullivan and Dr. Steven D. Gellman Mrs. C.V. Sumeghy-Mariona Mr. Robert Sweeten and Ms. Mary Margaret Sweeten Dianne and Randolph Szabla Clifford and Lucille Taylor Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence Taylor Ms. Mary Teachout Mr. and Mrs. Frank Tenkel Mr. and Mrs. George W. Tewksbury Dr. Gretchen M. Thams Jack W. Theisen Ms. Ruth P. Thrash Mr. Martin D. and Mrs. Karen R. Todorov Mr. and Mrs. Paul Tomboulian Dr. Doris Tong Barbara and Stuart Trager Dr. and Mrs. Rennard B. Tucker Dr. and Mrs. Al Utecht Dr. and Mrs. Vainutis K. Vaitkevicius Joseph Valentin, DDS Mr. and Mrs. Melvin C. VanderBrug Miss Lisa M. Varnier Darlene S. Vasi Mr. and Mrs. Tony Ventimiglia Ms. Shirley Verrett Mr. and Mrs. Jason Walker Dr. Creed Ward Jr Mr. and Mrs. Nemo Warr Ms. Ann Kirk Warren Ms. Janet Weir Prof. Michael Wellman
Just Do It!
When it comes to getting the work done at the Detroit Opera House, Floy and Lee Barthel sound like an ad for Nike shoes: “Just Do It.” It is a motto that has been followed through in the last 23 years or so that they have been involved with Michigan Opera Theatre. From capital improvements, tables and chairs, air conditioning system improvements to lighting and supertitles, lockers for musicians and costume shop, there is no task too small or too big that Floy and Lee would not tackle. In addition, the Barthels volunteer on
the MOT Board of Directors, contribute as Dance Patron Circle and General Director’s Circle members, serve as MOT Volunteer Association members and perform numerous other functions. As the owners of Barthel Contracting Company, Floy and Lee were the recipients of the generosity of others who gave of their time and money before they became active in MOT. “Because of the way others invested in us, we feel we should do the same for those who follow us to help ensure the future of this important venue. If we
don’t do this, opera and ballet may disappear from Detroit,” said Lee. With 40 years of exciting performances and world class artists, MOT could not be the thriving, well-respected organization that it is without special donors such as Floy and Lee Barthel, who firmly believe that without the financial support of many, world-class opera and ballet may not survive in Detroit. “Thank you, Floy and Lee, for all that you’ve done for MOT.” – David DiChiera. Note: Floy and Lee Barthel are members of the Avanti Society, MOT’s group of friends who have made arrangements to include MOT in their estate plans.
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Mr. and Mrs. Robert F . Whitman Mr. Richard Wilkes Mr. and Mrs. James D. Wilking Mr. Lawrence Williams Ms. Kari Wilson Dr. Nila Wilson Drs. Christine Winder and Russell Chevey Mr. and Mrs. Jon Wojtala Mr. Alfred Wood, Jr. Mr. David D. Woodard Dr. and Mrs. Jose E. Yanez Mr. and Mrs. Thomas V. Yates Mr. John Yavruian Dr. and Mrs. Gregory Zemenick Mrs. David B. Hermelin Mr. and Mrs. Fred Baer Miss Annette M. De Lorenzo Mr. and Mrs. William R. Harmon John and Nancy Prince mAJor GiftS - dANce Sponsors $25,000 Betty, Marvin & Joanne Danto Dance Endowment Sleeping Beauty Production Sponsor Mr. George M. Zelter $10,000 - $24,999 Mr. & Mrs. John A. Boll, Sr. The Private Bank The Nutcracker iNdiVidUAL SUpport — dANce pAtroNS director $5,000 - $9,999 Joanne Danto & Dr. Arnold Weingarden Drs. Ali Moiin & William Kupskey coNdUctor $2,500 - $4,999 Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. Allesee Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Anderson Mr. & Mrs. Lee Barthel Mr. & Mrs. Richard Bingham Dr. David DiChiera Mrs. Charles M. Endicott Mrs. Barbara Frankel & Mr. Ron Michalak Mr. & Mrs. R. Jamison Williams choreoGrApGer $1,500 - $2,499 Mrs.Kay Albertie Dr. & Mrs. Clifford Furgison Mr. Lawrence Glowczewski Mr. Jonathan Orser Mr. Charles Peters Dr. Annette U. Rickel Ms. Susan Sills/The Sills Foundation dANce memBerS premier dANcer $1,000 - $1,4999 Mrs. Irving Berg Mrs. Sylvia Gardner Mr. Lawrence John & Dr. Lillian Li Ms. Theresa Spear & Mr. Jeff Douma Mr. & Mrs. Joel D, Tauber
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corpS de BALLet $250 - $999 Mr. & Mrs. William Brooks Dr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Carson Ms. Mary Mazure Mr. Richard Sonenklar & Mr. Gregory Haynes reStricted coNtriBUtioNS 2009 “Keep the BALL roLLiNG” operA BALL pArtY hoStS Adel Amerman, Dr. David Balle & Thomas Jordan Dr. Lourdes Andaya, Don Jensen & Leo Dovelle, Jo Kessler, Mary Beth & S. Kinnie Smith Betty & Bill Brooks Gretchen Davidson & Dorothy Gerson Marianne Endicott Herman & Sharon Frankel, Bill & Marjorie Sandy Maxine & Stuart Frankel Allan Gilmour & Eric Jirgens Paul Howoleski & John Jovanovich Barbara & Michael Kratchman, Joy and Allan Nachman Mary Lamparter, Carmel Mitchell & Nora Moroun Nancy & Bud Liebler, Ruth Rattner & Mary Lou Zieve Denise & Bob Lutz Drs. Ali Moiin & William Kupsky Lindsay & Matthew Moroun Nora & Manuel Moroun Linda Orlans Dr. Charlotte & Charles Podowski Patricia Rodzik operA BALL pArtY “NoN hoStS” (doNorS) Maggie & Robert Allesee Lil & Alex Erdeljan Mary Sue & Paul Ewing Barbara Frankel & Ron Michalak Aviva & Dean Friedman Elham Shayota Karen & Rick Williams mot chiLdreN’S chorUS $25,000 + Mandell L. & Madeleine H. Berman Foundation National Endowment for the Arts $1,000 - $5,000 Dan Yessian Music Inc. Lee & Maxine Peck Foundation $500-$999 Eleanor & Alan Israel $100 - $499 Suzanne Acton & David Osborne Miles Eichenhorn
iN triBUte February 1, 2010 to September 24, 2010 in memory of mr. Armin Assad Mr. Joseph Assad in memory of mr. Norman Booth Janet Chernow R.A. Hill Darlene Makarski Juanita Scott in honor of dr. dichiera’s National endowment for the Arts opera honors Award Florence LoPatin Shelley and Joel Tauber Helen Zuckerman in honor of dr. dichiera’s 75th Birthday Dr. & Mrs. Roger M. Ajluni Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. Allesee Mr. & Mrs. Richard Alonzo Mrs. Adel Amerman Mr. William Austin Mr. & Mrs. Lee Barthel Mr. J. Addison Bartush Mr. & Mrs. Mandell L. Berman
Mrs. Anne V. Bielawski Mr. & Mrs. Paul Blizman Mr. & Mrs. John A. Boll, Sr. Mr. & Mrs. Donald Brasie Mr. & Mrs. William C. Brooks Mr. & Mrs. C. David Campbell Dr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Carson Mr. & Mrs. Michael Chirco Mr. & Mrs. Frederick H. Clark Hon. & Mrs. Avern L. Cohn Mr. & Mrs. Peter Cooper Mr. & Mrs. Ethan Davidson Mr. Kevin Dennis & Mr. Jeremy Zeltzer Ms. Ingrid Brit Eidnes Mrs. Marianne Endicott Mr. & Mrs. Alex Erdeljan Mr. & Mrs. David T. Fischer Mrs. Shirley M. Flanagan Mr. & Mrs. Carl B. Fontana Mrs. Barbara Frankel & Mr. Ron Michalak Ms. Shirley Gray Mr. & Mrs. Robert Hage
Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Hartwig Ms. Heather Hamilton Ms. Nancy B. Henk Mr. & Mrs. Addison Igleheart Mr. & Mrs. Alan Israel Mrs. Ellen Kahn Mr. & Mrs. Robert J. Kelly Mrs. Jo Kessler Dr. & Mrs. Gerald Laker Mr. Max Lepler & Mr. Rex Dotson Mr. Edward Levy Jr. & Mrs. Linda Dresner Levy Mr. & Mrs. Arthur C. Liebler Liebler Family Foundation Mrs. Florence LoPatin Mrs. Barbara F . Maniscalco Ms. Vera Mannhardt Ms. Florine Mark McGregor Fund Ms. Helen Millen Drs. Stephen A. & Barbara Munk Mr. & Mrs. Allan Nachman Ms. Joan Nagrant Mrs. Mary Joan Nardi Mrs. Barbara Nickles Mr. Joseph R. Papp Mary & Charles A. Parkhill
Tribute to David Handleman
The single most important consideration in David Handleman’s decision to underwrite the Educational Resource Center at the Detroit Opera House and to endow the educational programs that take place in that space was his passion for arts education and MOT General Director David DiChiera. We are of course talking about the late David Handleman, of Handleman Company in Troy, whose beginning in wholesale distribution of pharmaceuticals later evolved to cover computer software, videotape and book distribution. Charlene Handleman, his wife, speaks fondly of him. “David believed in arts education and loved the arts. We rarely went out in the evening. Instead, we talked. He was so very impressed with the hard work of David and Karen V. DiChiera and their educational programs. He was excited by the growing interest and participation by the city in this program, not just the core opera fans.” And so, because of the vision of our special donor, MOT now has the Marion and David Handleman Community Center for Lifelong Learning in the Arts, complete with classrooms, performance spaces, and a media studio, where each year dozens of Handleman scholars will be able to participate in Arts Education. “Thank you, Charlene, for sharing the memories and the thoughts. Thank you, David, for your vision, your passion, and your generosity; you are truly missed.” – David DiChiera Note: David Handleman was a member of the Avanti Society, MOT’s group of friends who have made arrangements to include MOT in their estate plans.
in memory of ruth harrod Salazzi Mr. & Mrs. Garry Fix Ms. Janice Fix Mr. & Mrs. Edward Henke Mr. & Mrs. John Lingenfelten Mr. & Mrs. Mike Lomasney Mr. & Mrs. Peter Tranchida Mrs. Sophie Pearlstein Dr. Charlotte & Mr. Charles Podowski Mrs. Ruth F . Rattner Mrs. Edith Ruscillo Dr. & Mrs. Hershel Sandberg Mr. & Mrs. Alvin Saperstein Mrs. Barbara Saperstein Mr. & Mrs. Donald W. Schmidt Mr. & Mrs. Alan E. Schwartz Mr. & Mrs. Roger F . Sherman Mrs. Roberta D. Starkweather Dr. & Mrs. L. Murray Thomas Dr. Lorna Thomas Mr. & Mrs. George C. Vincent Mr. & Mrs. William J. Walsh Mr. & Mrs. Herman W. Weinreich Dr. & Mrs. Robert E. Wurtz Mr. George M. Zeltzer Mrs. Mary Lou Zieve in honor of mrs. marianne endicott and michigan opera theatre Jane R. Lehman in memory of mr. coleman friedman Gloria and Fred Clark Jo Kessler Karen and Rick Williams in honor of mr. Jon Green’s 55th Birthday Ms. Nancy Schreiber in memory of dr. phillip hertz Mrs. Mildred Moss Diane Rosenblum and Mark Mitshkun in memory of mr. George Killoran – Support of the dance Series Richard Sonenklar and Gregory Haynes in memory of mr. dan Kolton Cleo and James L. Hamilton in honor of mr. dennis Labeau’s Bar mitzvah Mr. James Stedman II and Mr. Tom Benner in honor of michigan opera theatre Ali Lycos and Michael Lake
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Greetings from the Michigan Opera Theatre Volunteer Association!
As we enjoy a 40th year of world class performances here at Michigan Opera Theatre, we want to take a moment to once again thank our volunteers. Our volunteer membership continues to be the “heart” of Michigan Opera Theatre. Their countless efforts help this organization maintain its rightful place as one of Detroit’s finest cultural treasures. Michigan Opera Theatre truly appreciates the support of its volunteer members who are critical to the success of each season. There are so many who contribute in such a variety of ways – the hosts of our opening night dinners, cast parties and soirees, our committees who create our hallmark BravoBravo! event, our resident historians who conduct our Opera House tours, and of course, our extraordinary corps of ushers. To each of you as well as the many volunteers who support us through your generous gift of time and resources, please accept our sincere gratitude. There isn’t a better way to perpetuate Detroit’s opera and dance scene than by engaging in one of our many volunteer groups. So, how can you get involved? By becoming a member! Your tax-deductible membership entitles you to participate in as many of the individual volunteer groups as you wish. If you would like to join our organization, please contact us and we will help you engage with the groups of your choice. We look forward to working with you and thank you for your interest and involvement in the Michigan Opera Theatre Volunteer Association. Enjoy this season as we focus on honoring the past and launching the future! Steven Marlette MOTVA President
ichigan Opera Theatre and the Detroit Opera House present one of the finest and most diverse opera and dance series in the country. This ambitious endeavor requires the collaboration of many including those who help out behind the scenes. The talented, giving hands of our corps of volunteers make a significant positive impact on the overall operation of the company. We all thank you for your dedication and support! MOTVA Executive Committee Steven Marlette, President Nancy Moore, Secretary Terry Shea, Treasurer Judith Slotkin, Past President Dodie David, Past President Gloria Clark, Past President Betty Brooks, Past President MOTVA Board of Directors and Committee Chairs (alphabetical) Helen Arnoldi-Rowe, Divas/Divos Gwen Bowlby, Publicity & Development Gloria Clark, Opera League & Soirees Dodie David, Opera League Danielle DeFauw, Boutique Kevin Dennis, Technology Marianne Endicott, Community Programs Heather Hamilton, Special Projects Manager Amy Jidov, Membership Cheryl McIlhon, Dance Council Helen Millen, Ambassadors Jerrid Mooney, C4 Joan Nagrant, Office Volunteers Dr. Wallace Peace, Opera Lectures Curtis Posuniak, Footlights Jeremy Zeltzer, Board Member
2010 OPERAtors (alphabetical) Lee Barthel Alan Israel Robert Bomier Amy Jidov Gwen Bowlby Virginia Joliet Toya Chandler Charles Letts Gloria Clark Steven Marlette Dodie David Cindy Marriott Marianne Endicott John Novak Barbara Frankel Eva Powers 2009-2010 MOTVA Soiree Hosts Kenneth Hart and Dolores Levey Dr. Michael Sherbin and Lenore Gimpert Sandie and Joe Knollenberg Debbie and Rick Partrich BravoBravo! 2010 Co-Chairs Jennifer Knapp Jerrid Mooney Richard Rice
for more information on one of the many ways to volunteer at michigan opera theatre, please contact Jonelle Bowers at (313) 237-3236 or email email@example.com
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Administration & Staff
dAVid dichierA, FOUNDER & GENERAL DIRECTOR
DEPARTMENT DIRECTORS COMPUTER SERVICES
John Grigaitis, Information Technology Manager Shelly Ratliff, LAN Administrator
DETROIT OPERA HOUSE PARKING CENTER
Robert Neil, Manager Paul Bolden, Event Supervisor for Parking
Karen VanderKloot DiChiera, Director of Community Programs & Learning at the Opera House Carol Halsted, Director of Dance Dewan Mitchell, Director of Bookings & Events Management Rock Monroe, Director of Safety & Security Laura R. Nealssohn, Director of Communications David W. Osborne, Director of Production Mary Parkhill, Director of Development Jason Warzecha, Director of Theatre and Parking Center Operations
Kim Smith, Administrative Assistant
William Austin, Executive Assistant to the General Director Timothy Lentz, Archivist & Director of the Allesee Dance and Opera Resource Library
Kim-Lan Trinh, Associate Director of Development, Planned Giving & Major Gifts Danielle DeFauw, Boutique Manager Michelle DeLand, Corporate Campaign Manager Carolyn Geck, Assistant Project Manager, BravoBravo! 2011 Heather Hamilton, Special Projects Manager Jonelle Bowers, Annual Fund Manager Katherine Kucharski, Foundation & Government Grants Manager, Database Consultant Stephani Yates, Dance Patron Circle Campaign Manager & Project Manager, BravoBravo! 2011
Elizabeth Anderson, Production Coordinator Carolyn Geck, Production Administrator Ken Saltzman, Stage Manager Matt Jackson, Nan Luchini, Assistant Stage Managers Nancy Krolikowski, Production Volunteer
David DiChiera, Music Director Suzanne Mallare Acton, Assistant Music Director & Chorus Master Roberto Mauro, Artistic Consultant Diane Bredesen, Orchestra Personnel Manager Jean Schneider, Repetiteur
TECHNICAL & DESIGN STAFF
Kimberly A. Mogielski, Patron & Ticket Services Manager Michael Hauser, Marketing Manager Kimberly Gray, Ticket Services Assistant Manager Jane Kennedy Coe, Ticket Services Assistant Manager Tunisia Brown, Communication & Ticket Services Associate Felicia Burgess, Administrative Assistant Mitchell Carter, Website Coordinator Jeff Strayer, Communications Coordinator Rebekah Johnson, BRAVO Editor John Grigaitis, Photographer Crystal Ceo, Account Executive, Solomon Friedman Advertising Toby Faber, BRAVO Sales Bill Carroll, Public Relations Volunteer
Derrick Lewis, Controller Kimberly Burgess-Rivers, Rita Winters, Accountants Nick Williams, Accounting Assistant
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Daniel T. Brinker, Technical Director Monika Essen, Property Master & Scenic Artist Kendall Smith, Lighting Coordinator Andrew Griffin, Asst. Lighting Designer & Asst. Technical Director* Orsin Thanasi, Technical Assistant Bobby Tacoma, Asst. Lighting Designer+ Dee Dorsey, Supertitle Operator Rudi Lauermann, Recording Engineer
Randy Elliott, House Manager
Dennis Wells, Facilities Manager Jesse Carter, Senior Building Engineer Ben Latimer, Building Engineer Robert Mettetal, Building Engineer Timothy Johnson, Building Maintenance Bernard Williams, Building Maintenance
FOOD & BEVERAGE
Suzanne M. Hanna, Costume Director Laura Brinker, Cutter/Draper Alice Moss, Wardrobe Mistress Katie Hein, First Hand Susan A. Fox, Stitcher Monika Essen, Costume Painter
MAKEUP & HAIR
Mark Vondrak, Associate Director & Tour Manager Betty Lane, Operations Manager & Singing Voice Specialist Dolores Tobis, Marketing Manager
TOURING ARTISTS OF COMMUNITY PROGRAMS
Angela Donaldson, Food & Beverage Manager Lashanya Littlejohn, Assistant Food & Beverage Manager Corey Scott, Executive Chef Edna Robinson, Sous Chef
SAFETY & SECURITY
Elizabeth Geck, Assistant Wig & Makeup Designer
Betsy Bronson, Maria Cimarelli, Dan Greig, Bernard Holcomb, Joseph Jackson, Lois Kaarre, Betty Lane, Debbie Lannen, Amy Dolan Malaney, Kim Parr, Michael Parr, Madelyn Porter, David Pulice, Amanda Sabelhaus, Karl Schmidt, Trish Shandor, Christopher Vaught, Mark Vondrak, Alvin Waddles, Karin White
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John Kinsora, Head Carpenter Robert Mesinar, Head Electrician Alan Bigelow, Head Propertyman Henry Ruiz, Head Sound Robert Martin, Head Flyman Gary Gilmore, Production Electrician Mary Ellen Shuffett, Head of Wardrobe IATSE Local #38, Stage Crew IATSE Local #786, Wardrobe * The Mikado + La Boheme
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Lost and Found is located in the Safety Be advised that, for purposes of Michigan Photography or recording during any and Security Department. Please see an Compiled Laws, Section 28.425o(1)(f), performance is strictly prohibited. You usher if you have misplaced an article, or this is an entertainment facility which are welcome to take photographs in the call (313) 961-3500 if you have already has a seating capacity of more than lobby before or after a performance and left the theater. Items will be held in Lost 2,500 individuals. It is therefore against during intermission. As a courtesy to our and Found for 30 days. the law to carry a concealed pistol on the guests, we ask that all paging devices, premises. cellular telephones and alarm watches PARKING be switched to silent mode prior to the We encourage all our guests to take RENTAL INFORMATION advantage of the Detroit Opera House The Detroit Opera House is available start of all performances. Parking Center, located next to the for rent by your organization. Please IN CASE OF EMERGENCY Detroit Opera House. Pre-paid parking is call (313) 961-3500, and ask to speak Doctors and parents are advised to leave available for all our guests for only $10, with the Director of Booking and Events their seat location (located on ticket) and can be purchased with tickets online, Management. and our emergency number, (313) 237- or through the Detroit Opera House 3257, with the service or sitter in case of box office. This facility is reserved TICKET INFORMATION an emergency. Please observe the lighted specifically for Detroit Opera House The Detroit Opera House ticket office exit signs located throughout the theater. patrons during regularly-scheduled hours are as follows: Non-performance In event of fire or similar emergency, performances. Entrances and exits weeks – Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m. to please remain calm and walk – do not are located on both John R. Street and 5:30 p.m. Performance days –10:00 a.m. run – to the nearest exit. Our ushers are Grand River Ave. for added convenience. through the first intermission of the trained to lead you out of the building Prepaid parking is available. Call (313) evening’s performance, except Saturdays safely. A trained Emergency Medical 237-SING (7464) for more information. and Sundays, when the ticket office will open two hours prior to curtain Technician (EMT) is onsite during time. Tickets for all public events at the most events. Please see an usher or staff ACCESSIBILITY Accessible seating locations for patrons Detroit Opera House are also available member to contact the EMT. in wheelchairs are located in all price through all TicketMaster outlets, RESTROOMS ranges on the orchestra level. When by phone at 1-800-745-3000, or at Ladies’ restrooms are located off the Ford inquiring about tickets, please ask about www.TicketMaster.com. Lobby (Broadway Street entrance), down these locations if you require special DETROIT OPERA HOUSE TOURS the stairs and also on the third floor accommodations. (Madison Street entrance) – please press Assisted Listening Devices are Come join the Opera House Ambassadors “3R” on the elevator to reach this facility. available on a first-come, first-served for a backstage tour of the Detroit Opera Gentlemen’s restrooms are located basis. Please see an usher to request this House! Learn about the history of the under the Grand Staircase and also in service, or visit the Guest Services desk Opera House and its restoration. Meet the third floor (Broadway Street side) – located in the Vincent Lobby (Madison the people behind the scenes, tour the please press “3” on the elevator to reach Street entrance). Although this is a stage and see how it operates. Tours are this facility. Please note: All third floor complimentary service, we will request $10.00 per person. For more information, restrooms are wheelchair accessible. A to hold a piece of personal identification please call (313) 237-3425, or visit www. unisex, wheelchair accessible restroom while you are using the device. Please MichiganOpera.org. is located in the Cadillac Opera Café. contact the ticket office at (313) 237SING (7464), should you desire special IMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERS EMERGENCIES................... (313) 237-3257 NO SMOKING consideration. The Detroit Opera House is a smoke-free Michigan Opera Theatre ..... (313) 961-3500 facility. Ash receptacles are provided in CHILDREN General Information ............ (313) 961-3500 the exterior of all entry doors for those Children are welcome; however, all Lost and Found .................... (313) 961-3500 who wish to smoke. guests are required to hold a ticket, Ticket Office ............(313) 237-SING (7464) regardless of age. In all cases, babes in Usher Hotline ....................... 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