Michigan Opera Theatre COVID-19 Response

by Michigan Opera Theatre
Michigan Opera Theatre COVID-19 Response
Feb 5, 2021

MOT at Home Report

As one of the only ways to stay connected with our audiences during this time of forced closure, Michigan Opera Theatre relied on the expansion of our MOT at Home programs to maintain our presence and provide audiences with curated educational resources and online experiences. The objective of these programs is to continue MOT’s commitment to advancing the humanistic interpretation of opera and dance for a broad public with emphasis on musicology, history, regional studies, and interdisciplinary topics.


MOT at Home Materials Released in 2020


MOT In Conversation: Themed Discussions on Opera 

  • On Site-Specific Opera” with Dr. Megan Steigerwald Ille (University of Cincinnati) conducting an interview of MOT Artistic Director and MacArthur Foundation Fellow on site-specific opera, and the changing media and meaning of the art. 

  • On Wagner’s Ring with Dr. Gundula Kreuzer (Yale), Dr. David Levin (U-Chicago), and Dr. Kirsten Paige (Stanford), moderated by Arthur White. 

  • “On Bel Canto” a library book club presentation on the music and politics of Ann Patchett’s critically acclaimed novel Bel Canto, presented in conjunction with the Michigan Library Network. 

MOT’s Dance DialoguesLivestreamed Conversations with Scholars and Critics of Dance 

  • “On Ballet Blanc and Swan Lake” with David Lyman (Journalist and Essayist, Cincinnati), hosted by Jon Teeuwissen. 

  • “On Paul Taylor Dance Company and American Modern Dance” with Dr. Suzanne Carbonneau (George Mason University), hosted by Jon Teeuwissen. 

Virtual Lectures with Austin Stewart 

Written Materials 

  • Dance Blog Series by Jon Teeuwissen 
  • Published scholarly program notes commissioned for MOT’s drive-thru parking garage opera, Twilights: Gods (attached as a single PDF) 
  • “Richard Wagner and the Journey of the Ring” by Dr. Austin Stewart 

  • There’s No Place Like the Parking Center? Moving Beyond the Opera House in 21st-Century American Opera” by Dr. Megan Steigerwald Ille (University of Cincinnati) 

  • “Airing Out Wagner’s Götterdämmerung: Wagner in the Age of Coronavirus” by Dr. Kirsten Paige (Stanford University) 

 OperaHERE Podcast  

  • Celebrating Pride: A conversation on opera and dance that tells LGBTQ stories with Andrea, Scobie, Arthur White, and Jon Teeuwissen. 

  • Opera for Our Times: Andrea Scobie and Arthur White examine how operas that were once “new” are now cornerstones of the canon, and which contemporary works will join that esteemed list. 

  • OperaHERE, Twilight: GodsArthur White and Andrea Scobie interview legendary Detroit poet Marsha Music on her creation of the poetry and narrative behind Twilight: Godsand the challenges and inspiration of condensing Wagners massive Ring cycle into poetry with a distinctively Detroit flair. 
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Location: DETROIT, MI - USA
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