Detroit Opera is reopening with a new name and new remake of old show

The former Michigan Opera Theater will welcome audiences back on April 2nd after a more than two year hiatus.

As the most recent COVID-19 wave dies down in America and in Detroit, more venues continue to open up. One of them is the opera.

The local opera theatre here in Detroit is reopening with its first mainstay production since the pandemic, but with a few changes. It is now called the Detroit Opera rather than the Michigan Opera Theatre, and will be opening April 2 with La Boheme.

“We are entering a new era now as we all know there are huge shifts in our culture, and the art that this city, I think, deserves, needs to be absolutely for the City of Detroit and that needs to be the first and foremost thing we say about ourselves,” — Yuval Sharon, Detroit Opera House.


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Yuval Sharon is the theater and opera artistic director of The Industry in Los Angeles and the Detroit Opera. He says the name change is symbolic of the theater’s push to represent the city’s artistic community.

“We are entering a new era now.” says Sharon. “As we all know there are huge shifts in our culture, and the art that this city, I think, deserves, needs to be absolutely for the City of Detroit — and that needs to be the first and foremost thing we say about ourselves.”

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  • Sam Corey is a producer for Detroit Today on 101.9 WDET, which includes finding and preparing interesting stories for radio. He enjoys salsa dancing — and actual salsa.