Monologues and Martinis
Oct
6
2:00 PM14:00

Monologues and Martinis

The War Memorial welcomes partner and friend Shakespeare in Detroit to our lakefront ballroom for an afternoon of martinis and monologues, as the theater company performs selections from some of the plays under consideration for the 2020/21 season. As you enjoy your martini (prepared just “as you like it”), Shakespeare in Detroit’s incomparable performers will enrapture your imagination.

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Turandot
Oct
12
12:55 PM12:55

Turandot

Thrilling dramatic soprano Christine Goerke brings her fierce portrayal of the title princess to cinemas on October 12, with Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the podium for Franco Zeffirelli’s dazzling production of Puccini’s final masterpiece. Tenor Roberto Aronica is the mysterious prince Calàf, alongside soprano Eleonora Buratto as Liù and bass-baritone James Morris as Timur.

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Manon
Oct
26
12:55 PM12:55

Manon

Thrilling dramatic soprano Christine Goerke brings her fierce portrayal of the title princess to cinemas on October 12, with Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the podium for Franco Zeffirelli’s dazzling production of Puccini’s final masterpiece. Tenor Roberto Aronica is the mysterious prince Calàf, alongside soprano Eleonora Buratto as Liù and bass-baritone James Morris as Timur.

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Madama Butterfly
Nov
9
12:55 PM12:55

Madama Butterfly

Soprano Hui He takes on the heartbreaking title role of the doomed geisha, with tenor Andrea Carè as the American naval officer who abandons her—in cinemas November 9. The great Plácido Domingo makes his role debut as Sharpless, and Pier Giorgio Morandi is on the podium for Anthony Minghella’s sweeping production, a perennial audience favorite.

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Akhnaten
Nov
23
12:55 PM12:55

Akhnaten

Director Phelim McDermott tackles another one of Philip Glass’s modern masterpieces, with star countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo as the revolutionary title ruler who transformed ancient Egypt. To match the opera’s hypnotic, ritualistic music, McDermott offers an arresting vision that includes a virtuosic company of acrobats and jugglers. Karen Kamensek conducts.

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Wozzeck
Jan
11
12:55 PM12:55

Wozzeck

Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin is on the podium for this important event, with baritone Peter Mattei as the disturbed title character. Soprano Elza van den Heever is Wozzeck’s unfaithful mate, alongside a commanding cast that also includes tenor Christopher Ventris, bass-baritone Christian Van Horn, and tenor Gerhard Siegel.

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Porgy and Bess
Feb
1
12:55 PM12:55

Porgy and Bess

One of America’s favorite operas takes the big screen on February 1. James Robinson’s stylish production transports audiences to Catfish Row on the Charleston waterfront, vibrant with the music, dancing, emotion, and heartbreak of its inhabitants. “If you’re going to stage Gershwin’s opera, this is how,” raved the Guardian when the new production premiered in London in 2018.

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Agrippina
Feb
29
12:55 PM12:55

Agrippina

Handel’s tale of intrigue and impropriety in ancient Rome arrives in cinemas on February 29, with star mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato as the controlling, power-hungry Agrippina and Harry Bicket conducting. Sir David McVicar’s production ingeniously reframes the action of this black comedy about the abuse of power to “the present,” where it should loudly resonate.

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Der Fliegende Holländer
Mar
14
12:55 PM12:55

Der Fliegende Holländer

The great bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel brings his acclaimed portrayal of the doomed title sea captain to cinemas for the first time on March 14. Valery Gergiev conducts a new production by François Girard, whose visionary 2013 take on Parsifal set the recent Met standard for Wagner stagings. With sweeping sets by John Macfarlane, Girard’s new production turns the Met stage into a rich, layered tableau reminiscent of a vast oil painting.

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Tosca
Apr
11
12:55 PM12:55

Tosca

Soprano Anna Netrebko, whom the New York Times hailed as “magnificent” when she made her role debut as Tosca in 2018, returns to cinemas on April 11 as Puccini’s explosive diva. Tenor Brian Jagde is the idealistic painter Cavaradossi, and baritone Michael Volle completes the opera’s fatal love triangle as the sinister Scarpia. Bertrand de Billy conducts Sir David McVicar’s stunning production.

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Maria Stuarda
May
9
12:55 PM12:55

Maria Stuarda

Soprano Diana Damrau, following her triumph as Violetta in last season’s new production of Verdi’s La Traviata, returns to cinemas on May 9 as the martyred Mary, Queen of Scots, in Donizetti’s bel canto showcase. Star mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton is her imperious rival Queen Elizabeth I, and the silken-voiced tenor Stephen Costello is the noble Earl of Leicester. Maurizio Benini conducts Sir David McVicar’s handsome production.

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Die Walküre
Mar
30
12:00 PM12:00

Die Walküre

Tenor Javier Camarena and soprano Pretty Yende team up for a feast of bel canto vocal fireworks—including the show-stopping tenor aria “Ah! Mes amis,” with its nine high Cs. Alessandro Corbelli and Maurizio Muraro trade off as the comic Sergeant Sulpice, with mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe as the outlandish Marquise of Berkenfield. Enrique Mazzola conducts.

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Stewart Goodyear
Mar
8
7:30 PM19:30

Stewart Goodyear

Regarded as one of the finest pianists of his generation, Goodyear is already a seasoned veteran of orchestras and concert stages worldwide, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Bournemouth Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.

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Brunch and Concert: Musical Couples with Hai Xin Wu
Mar
3
11:00 AM11:00

Brunch and Concert: Musical Couples with Hai Xin Wu

Longtime War Memorial partner and friend, Hai Xin Wu, Assistant Concertmaster of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, returns to our lakefront ballroom for a Sunday afternoon unlike any other. You’ll enjoy a gourmet brunch – complete with bottomless mimosas! – followed by a delightful concert featuring two musical couples: Hai Xin Wu and Zhihua Tang; and Adrienne Rönmark and Erik Rönmark.

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La Fille du Régiment
Mar
2
12:55 PM12:55

La Fille du Régiment

Tenor Javier Camarena and soprano Pretty Yende team up for a feast of bel canto vocal fireworks—including the show-stopping tenor aria “Ah! Mes amis,” with its nine high Cs. Alessandro Corbelli and Maurizio Muraro trade off as the comic Sergeant Sulpice, with mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe as the outlandish Marquise of Berkenfield. Enrique Mazzola conducts.

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Brunch and Concert: Cliff Monear, Jazz Piano
Feb
3
11:00 AM11:00

Brunch and Concert: Cliff Monear, Jazz Piano

We’ve partnered with Detroit jazz legend Dave Bennett to bring you a series of winter brunch concerts so hot they’ll melt the snow! Dave has curated a trifecta of incredible musicians, covering different facets of the jazz idiom from percussion to piano to clarinet. You’ll enjoy a gourmet brunch – complete with bottomless mimosas! – followed by the musical stylings of Detroit’s inimitable jazz masters.

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Carmen
Feb
2
12:55 PM12:55

Carmen

Mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine reprises her remarkable portrayal of opera’s ultimate seductress, a triumph in her 2017 debut performances, with impassioned tenors Yonghoon Lee and Roberto Alagna as her lover, Don José. Omer Meir Wellber and Louis Langrée share conducting duties for Sir Richard Eyre’s powerful production, a Met favorite since its 2009 premiere.

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Brunch and Concert: Sean Dobbins, Jazz Drums
Jan
20
11:00 AM11:00

Brunch and Concert: Sean Dobbins, Jazz Drums

We’ve partnered with Detroit jazz legend Dave Bennett to bring you a series of winter brunch concerts so hot they’ll melt the snow! Dave has curated a trifecta of incredible musicians, covering different facets of the jazz idiom from percussion to piano to clarinet. You’ll enjoy a gourmet brunch – complete with bottomless mimosas! – followed by the musical stylings of Detroit’s inimitable jazz masters.

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Adriana Lecouvreur
Jan
12
12:55 PM12:55

Adriana Lecouvreur

Soprano Anna Netrebko joins the ranks of Renata Tebaldi, Montserrat Caballé, and Renata Scotto, taking on—for the first time at the Met—the title role of the real-life French actress who dazzled 18th-century audiences with her on-and offstage passion. The soprano is joined by tenor Piotr Beczała as Adriana's lover, Maurizio.

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Amahl and the Night Visitors (Evening)
Dec
9
6:30 PM18:30

Amahl and the Night Visitors (Evening)

Michigan Opera Theatre presents one of the most popular family holiday classics of all time, live at The War Memorial. This timeless production tells the story of a miraculous encounter between Amahl, a boy with a lame leg, and the Three Kings. Menotti’s opera presents an inspiring message of how faith, charity, and love can work miracles.

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Amahl and the Night Visitors (Matinee)
Dec
9
2:00 PM14:00

Amahl and the Night Visitors (Matinee)

Michigan Opera Theatre presents one of the most popular family holiday classics of all time, live at The War Memorial. This timeless production tells the story of a miraculous encounter between Amahl, a boy with a lame leg, and the Three Kings. Menotti’s opera presents an inspiring message of how faith, charity, and love can work miracles.

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Meneses & Galbraith
Oct
26
7:30 PM19:30

Meneses & Galbraith

Experience the inaugural American tour of a new collaboration between Brazilian cellist Antonio Meneses (the last cellist of the famed Beaux Arts Trio) and Scottish guitarist Paul Galbraith. The duo’s innovative program includes the work that inspired their collaboration – Schubert's Arpeggione Sonata – paired with music by Brazilian composers Radamés Gnattali and André Mehmari arranged especially for them.

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Frankenstein — starring Benedict Cumberbatch
Oct
22
7:00 PM19:00

Frankenstein — starring Benedict Cumberbatch

Frankenstein returns to international cinemas to mark the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s most famous novel. Captured live in 2011 from the National Theatre stage in London, this thrilling, sold-out production became an international sensation, experienced by almost half a million people in cinemas around the world.

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Samson et Dalila
Oct
20
12:55 PM12:55

Samson et Dalila

When mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča and tenor Roberto Alagna joined forces for a new production of Carmen at the Met, the results were electrifying. Now this star duo reunites for another sensual French opera when they open the season in the title roles of Saint-Saëns’s biblical epic Samson et Dalila.

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Aida
Oct
6
12:55 PM12:55

Aida

Soprano Anna Netrebko sings her first Met Aida, with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili as her formidable rival Amneris. Aleksandrs Antonenko is the warrior Radamès, and Nicola Luisotti takes the podium for the Met’s monumental production.

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The Pacifica Quartet
Sep
27
7:30 PM19:30

The Pacifica Quartet

Now celebrating their 25th season in 2018–19, the Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet is widely regarded as one of the leading string quartets of the world, a position firmly established through their concerts, recordings, and prestigious ongoing residencies at the Aspen Music Festival, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.

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