Michael Fabiano, Leah Crocetto & Denyce Graves Highlight Michigan Opera Theatre’s 2019-20 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Michigan Opera Theatre has announced its 2019-20 season featuring musicals, galas, and special concerts. Here is a look at what the Detroit company has to offer.

The season opens with a gala featuring star tenor Michael Fabiano and Soprano Leah Crocetto in arias from opera and musical theater. Stephen Lord conducts the starry evening.

Performance Date: Oct. 12, 2019

The season continues with Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” featuring Dan Okulitch in the title role, Ellie Dehn as Donna Anna, and Nicole Cabell as Donna Elvira. Christopher Allen conducts the starry cast.

Performance Dates: Oct. 19-27, 2019

Sondheim’s classic “Sweeney Todd” comes to Detroit with a cast that includes Tony Award-winner Karen Ziemba as Mrs. Lovett and Stephen Powell as Sweeney Todd with music director Stephen Lord in the pit. Ron Daniels directs.

Performance Dates: Nov. 16-24, 2019

Handel’s Messiah comes to Michigan for the holiday season featuring soloists Roderick Dixon, Alfreda Burke,and Karen Marie Richardson, in addition to an all-star ensemble of Detroit jazz legends Marion Hayden, Alvin Waddles, and Dave Taylor.

Performance Date: Dec. 14, 2019

Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi” is set to be performed by Michigan Opera Theatre Studio Artists at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts.

Performance Dates: Feb. 29, 2020

Denyce Graves and Arthur Woodley headline Oscar nominee Terence Blanchard’s opera “Champion” in its Detroit Opera premiere. Kazem Abdullah conducts the new production by James Robinson.

Performance Dates: March 28-April 5, 2020

The Michigan Opera Theatre Children’s Chorus presents the futuristic story of Cary John Franklin’s “The Very Last Green Thing.”

Performance Date: April 25, 2020

Diego Torre, Mark Delavan, and Marina Costa-Jackson headline Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci” featuring Principal Conductor Stephen Lord and director Elaine Tyler-Hall

Performance Dates: May 9-17, 2020