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New Artistic Director, production for Michigan Opera Theatre

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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The Michigan Opera Theatre has a new artistic director -- and a new production for October.

On Wednesday, Sept. 9, the company announced Yuval Sharon as just its second artistic director, succeeding the late MOT founder David DiChiera. Sharon's first outing will be "Twilight: Gods," an adaptation of Richard Wagner's "Twilight of the Gods," from his "Ring Cycle," that will be staged Oct. 17, 18 and 20 in the Detroit Opera House Parking Structure.

A Chicago native, Sharon, 41, studied English and dramatic arts at the University of California-Berkeley and has worked in Berlin, New York and Los Angeles. His credits include inventive productions of John Cage's "Song Books," "Hopscotch," "Invisible Cities," "Young Caesar," "War of the Worlds" and "Crescent City," as well as installations at the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.

Currently an artist in residence with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Sharon was also the first American director invited to the Bayreuth Festival in Germany, and he's received a MacArthur Fellowship, a Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant and a Gotz Friedrich Prize in Germany.

In a statement, Sharon said, that "Even as the performing arts face unprecedented challenges in this country, this moment offers an equally unprecedented opportunity for change -- for artists and institutions to re-imagine the future of opera...I see MOT seizing that chance to think in new and creative ways about opera in this city. It is an honor to join them.

MOT President and CEO Wayne S. Brown added that, "Yuval shares the drive, vision, and charisma of our beloved founder, David DiChiera...Now, as we embark on our 50th anniversary, we look forward to building upon DiChiera's vision and taking MOT to its next artistic level under Sharon."

Tickets for "Twilight: Gods" are $79 and go on sale at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 9. (313) 237-7464 or michiganopera.org.

Web Site: www.michiganopera.org

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