Emily Pogorelc, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Amina Edris, Elena Villalón, Catherine Martin Headline Detroit Opera’s 2024-25 Season

By David Salazar

Detroit Opera has announced its 2024-25 season.

First up is “La Traviata” in a new production by Francesca Zambello, conducted by Roberto Kalb. The work stars Emily Pogorelc, Galeano Salas, and Rod Gilfry. The new production moves the action to the 1920s.

Performance Dates: Oct. 19 – 27, 2024

Next up is Louisa Proske’s production of “Rinaldo” starring Anthony Roth Costanzo, Elena Villalón, Nicole Heaston, Jusung Gabriel Park, and Kyle Sanchez Tingzon. Roberto Kalb conducts. The production updates the opera to Jerusalem during the time of the Christian Crusades of the 11th century, framed through the lens of a child’s fantasy.

Performance Dates: Feb. 22 & 28, 2025

Then comes an AI-inspired “Così fan tutte” by Yuval Sharon. Corinna Niemyer conducts a cast starring Amina Edris, Sun-Ly Pierce, Ann Toomey, Joshua Blue, Tomas Lehman, and Ed Parks. The opera is set in a laboratory where the four lovers are Don Alfonso’s robotic inventions.

“This new take on Mozart’s most controversial comedy will be an exploration of Artificial Intelligence,” Sharon said of his new production in an official press statement. “With a resolutely futuristic look, the comedy of Così will emerge in a surprisingly organic way. The production explores the connection between the Enlightenment-era belief of ‘humans as machines,’ the origin for contemporary explorations of what current thinkers are imagining as the ‘post-human,’ or ‘Humanity 2.0.’ As anxieties proliferate about AI, this production offers the opportunity for reflection on this phenomenon in a way that only opera can.”

Performance Dates: April 5 – 13, 2025

Closing out the season will be Nataki Garrett’s production of “The Central Park Five.” The opera stars Catherine Martin, Bernard Holcolm, Nathan Granner, Justin Hopkins, and Todd Strange.

Performance Dates: May 10 – 18, 2025