Milwaukee Opera Theatre Inc

A nonprofit organization

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At MOT, we'll always find a way to keep bringing you the small batches of high quality, local lyric theatre you've come to know and love.  As the pandemic continues, we've crafted a hybrid season featuring both virtual and in-person events, ensuring we can continue serving the community safely:

Heroes (Fall 2021, Virtual): The old statues have been pulled down. What new figures will take their place? This October, the indie companies of the Decameron Opera Coalition return to your favorite small screen with Heroes: seven world premiere opera short films presented in three episodes. Our contribution to the project is Home Cooked Heroes, a spoken-word opera film about Milwaukee's own pay-what-you-can restaurant, Tricklebee Cafe.

The Aria Project (Ongoing, Virtual): Eight beloved local artists use iconic arias to share something about their personal pandemic experiences.  We’ll deliver one aria to your inbox, free each month, from October to May.  Featuring the talents of MOT favorite performers Austin Bare, Colleen Brooks, Cecilia Davis, Allison Hull, Alexandra Kassouf, Nicole McCarty, Adam Qutaishat, and Nathan Wesselowski!

Preludes (Spring 2022, Live): We (finally) present our long-awaited production of Preludes, a musical fantasia set in the mind of Sergei Rachmaninoff.  Delving into the composer’s troubled psyche, Preludes deftly blends the classical and contemporary in a meditation on ambition, failure, and lilacs.

L'Orfeo (Spring 2022, Live): We close our season with a co-production of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, partnering with Aperi Animam to commission and perform a new English translation of this masterpiece of early opera, now fully realized with lights, staging, costumes, the whole shebang!

Thank you considering a tax-deductible contribution to MOT.  Your generosity allows us to continue serving as Milwaukee’s micro-brewery for opera.  Your support is greatly appreciated!!!

Milwaukee Opera Theatre was founded in 1998 by Charissa York Glazner, an enterprising young soprano who recognized the need for a community-based professional opera company in the Milwaukee area. York collaborated with singers, directors, and instrumentalists who were committed to producing operas readily accessible to the community in which they lived and worked. During MOT’s premiere season (1999), the young company presented Mozart’s Così fan tutte. The box-office success of that production, coupled with extraordinary community support, allowed MOT to expand its season to three productions the following year.  Currently, MOT produces four to five projects each season, ranging from full productions to readings of new works, with special emphasis on local art and artists.

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Milwaukee Opera Theatre Inc

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158 N Broadway
Milwaukee, WI 53202

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