On April 2, 2022 the Michigan Opera House will be given a new name. Having operated under the name Michigan Opera Theatre for more than 50 years, the company has decided to change its name to Detroit Opera. President and CEO Wayne S. Brown released a statement saying, “As we enter our second half-century, and with all the unique new productions emerging, our Board and Trustees decided that it was time for a change. We are a Detroit-based company operating in Detroit, a city with a growing national and international recognition as an arts-focused city. We want to take advantage of that recognition and add to it. Brown also said that, “With the opera productions returning to the Detroit Opera House after a two-year cessation due to the COVID closure, the comfort and convenience improvements we’ve made for our patrons, and the truly unique and exciting productions we’re bringing to the stage, a new name for the company seems entirely timely and right. “Detroit Opera is ready to welcome Detroiters, Michiganders, and audiences in general to our productions, and we’re confident they’ll be impressed by what they see. ”
During the April 2nd opening, the newly renamed Detroit Opera will premier La bohème, to kick-off the rebrand. Artistic Director Yuval Sharon said, “This company is of Detroit, and its home since 1996 is the Detroit Opera House. Detroit Opera is already who we are.” Sharon has been with the company for almost two years, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, “La Bohème” will be his first production at the opera house. This production will be followed by “X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X” in May. Get ready Detroit as the Michigan Opera House (or should I say Detroit Opera) is ready to bring you and your family lots of fun and excitement this spring.