Mikhal Weiner

How Exactly Does This New Take on 'Madame Butterfly' Conjure Madonna and Björk?

This October, an exciting new collaboration sheds a new light on Puccini’s classic opera “Madame Butterfly.” The Detroit Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Pittsburgh Opera and Utah Opera companies have come together to revisit this mammoth [...]

Queering 'Don Pasquale': Opera MODO Considers LGBTQ+ Representation in New Imagining of the Classic Italian Production

When "Don Pasquale" first premiered in January of 1843, it joined a long tradition of opera buffa, or comedic operas, that had begun a century before. The opera’s composer, Gaetano Donizetti, was a force in the opera scene of the time — [...]

This Detroit Opera Production on Federico García Lorca Bulldozes the Gender Binary

This April, the Detroit Opera will bring a fresh and unusual piece to the stage — Osvaldo Golijov’s "Ainadamar: Fountain of Tears." Fresh, because it’s relatively new, in operatic terms; the piece premiered in 2003 at Tanglewood in [...]