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A Grand Night at the Saginaw Art Museum

The Verdi Opera Theatre of Michigan was invited to present a special concert to celebrate the addition of two new buildings to the Saginaw Museum of Art. Internationally acclaimed mezzosporano Irina Mishura, was the featured artist of the evening. Ms. Mishura was accompanied by tenor Jack Morris and pianist Kathryn Goodson.

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Many opera lectures-recitals together with Michigan Opera Theatre Resident Artists have been presented by the Verdi Opera at the Detroit Opera House, previewing MOT's various opera productions. Concerts and opera exhibits were also presented at the Detroit Institute of Arts, at Detroit's International Institute, at the Italian American Cultural Society in Clinton Township and the Italian American Club of Livonia, as well as at other venues, in cooperation with the Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan, and under the auspices of the Consulate of Italy in Detroit.

Other activities have included presentations and performances at several Detroit metropolitan area high schools and public libraries; lectures and exhibits on opera at colleges, universities, cultural clubs, and other organizations in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and at the Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Canada. Artists of the Verdi Opera have performed with the Michigan Opera Theatre as well as with the symphony orchestras of Birmingham-Bloomfield, Livonia, Plymouth, Dearborn, Saginaw Bay, and Sarnia/Ontario, among others. Special concerts were also presented with the Parma Opera Ensemble (2001) and with the famed La Scala Instrumental Ensemble (2007) featuring world-renowned and Grammy Award winning basso Michele Pertusi.

In addition, the Verdi Opera is privileged to have supported and featured at its concerts the artistry of mezzosoprano Irina Mishura a leading performer at New York's Metropolitan Opera House, at Milan's La Scala and at other major opera theaters in the world. Tenor Scott Piper, who was chosen by celebrated director Franco Zeffirelli to star in new productions of Aida and La Traviata in Verdi's hometown of Busseto, also performed with the Verdi Opera.

Tenor Michael Fabiano and soprano Caitlin Lynch, each a recipient of the Verdi Opera's $1,000 Prize award to continue their studies in Italy when they were students at the University of Michigan School of Music, are now performing leading roles at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York and other major opera theaters in the USA and abroad.

  • La Scala Instrumental Ensemble concert
  • Dino Valle and Michele Pertusi performing with the La Scala Instrumental Ensemble
  • 10th Anniversary Concert with world renowned mezzosoprano Irina Mishura
  • Tenor Scott Piper, Verdi Opera Concert with the Plymouth Symphony Orchestra
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