Detroit’s Michigan Opera Theatre (MOT) today announced its 2017-18 lineup under the artistic leadership of principal conductor Stephen Lord, who was appointed last November. MOT’s 47th opera season will feature classics including Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” Puccini’s “Tosca,” and Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro,” as well as two contemporary operas, Ricky Ian Gordon’s “27,” and “The Summer,” by Daniel Sonenberg.
Additionally, MOT will also welcome soprano Kathleen Battle back to the Detroit Opera House, following a successful run at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Battle’s first professional engagement was with MOT in the 1970s, and she now performs worldwide as a soprano.
MOT’s upcoming dance season will feature the return of the American Ballet Theatre for a production of “Romeo and Juliet,” presented in partnership with the University of Michigan’s University Musical Society. It also includes Ballet Hispanico, Dance Theatre of Harlem, The Paul Taylor Dance Co., and a new production of “The Nutcracker” with the Cincinnati Ballet.
“It has been a thrill to work with my mentor, (director emeritus) David DiChiera, over the last several months to put together such an exciting season for our patrons,” says Lord. “It includes some productions to which I have a very strong personal connection, as well as some new works that I think will particularly resonate with Detroit audiences.”
Lord’s first professional engagement was also with MOT in 1975. He is an internationally-recognized conductor and was a frequent guest conductor at MOT before his appointment as principal conductor. Lord will oversee the artistic direction through the 2018-19 season as MOT continues its search for an artistic director after DiChiera’s retirement in May.