Susan Graham & Davóne Tines Headline Detroit Opera’s ‘Europeras 3 & 4’

By David Salazar

Detroit Opera has announced the cast for its “Europeras 3 & 4” this March.

The John Cage work will star Davóne Tines and Susan Graham. They will be joined by sopranos Jennifer Cresswell, Kisma Jordan, and Melanie Spector; tenor River Guard; baritones Rolfe Dauz and Robert Wesley Mason; pianists John Etsell and Marina Stojanovska; and actors Biba Bell, Shannon White, and Christopher Woolfolk. Yuval Sharon directs.

The 100-minute collage of opera arias will include pre-recorded music to go along with the live singers, pianists, and actors.

“Cage created Europeras 3 & 4 entirely of recycled materials—arias that everyone is familiar with, classics from European repertoire,” Sharon said in an official press statement issued by the company. “The only catch is that they’re all performed at the same time. Through chance operations, singers will perform arias that they select, while pianists play transcriptions of different operas, and phonographs are playing different recordings. The result is something new and original: an exhilarating, bewildering, wonderful work.”

“Europeras 3 & 4” will take the stage of the Gm Theatre on March 8-10, 2024.