Detroit’s Michigan Opera Theatre to Present Famed Ballet Dancer and Duets on Feb. 16

Michigan Opera Theatre will present a show featuring ballet legend Alessandra Ferri and other dancers as well as a dinner for Valentine's weekend. // Photograph Courtesy of The Michigan Opera Theatre

Detroit’s Michigan Opera Theatre will present “Alessandra Ferri: Art of the Pas de Deux,” a program featuring the ballet legend and others on Saturday, Feb. 16. The Valentine’s weekend will also offer Ballet with Your Beloved, a pre-show dinner.

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

Ferri holds the title of prima ballerina assoluta, or absolute first principal ballerina. The honor is awarded to the best female dancers in a generation and has only been bestowed on 11 women since its inception in 1894. At 55, Ferri has had a longer career than most ballet dancers and has performed with the Royal Ballet in London, American Ballet Theatre in New York, La Scala Theatre Ballet in Milan, and with the best choreographers and dancers in the industry.

The show will feature classical ballet duets including those from “Swan Lake,” “La Sylphide,” and contemporary works. Other performers include principal dancers Herman Cornejo of American Ballet Theatre, Marcelo Gomes of The Sarasota Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, Jeffrey Cirio of the English National Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, Misa Kuranaga of the Boston Ballet, Ricardo Graziano of The Sarasota Ballet, Oksana Maslova of the Pennsylvania Ballet, and Kate Honea of The Sarasota Ballet.

The Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra will provide live music conducted by David LaMarche and will feature soprano Mary-Hollis Hundley.

Ballet with Your Beloved will offer a seated dinner in the Detroit Opera House Black Box Theatre and serve gourmet food including sautéed shrimp and filet mignon. Tickets include valet parking and truffles to take home.

Tickets are available here, by calling (313) 237-7464, or by visiting the Detroit Opera House at 1526 Broadway St. They range from $30-$90 for the performance, which starts at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices for the dinner are $125 and do not include the performance.

More information is available here.