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Detroit Opera Resident Artists return to Interlochen

Detroit Opera resident artists
Clockwise from top left: Ben Reisinger, Melanie Spector, Rolfe Dauz, Nathalie Doucet, Christine Goerke

Detroit Opera Resident Artists Ben Reisinger, Melanie Spector and Rolfe Dauz visited Studio A along with Associate Artistic Director Christine Goerke and Resident Artist Program Director Nathalie Doucet.

Detroit Opera, formerly Michigan Opera Theater, is known for its innovative, inventive and often surprising takes on opera.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director (and MacArthur Genius) Yuval Sharon, Associate Artistic Director Christine Goerke and Music Director Roberto Kalb, Detroit Opera's productions often present fresh takes on classic pieces as well as premieres of new operas.

Detroit Opera's Resident Artist Program offers comprehensive artistic and career development opportunities to a new generation of opera singers.

Resident Artists live in Detroit September through June, where they work closely with Detroit Opera artists. They perform not only with Detroit Opera but also in recitals and concerts throughout the Detroit area.

Three of this year's five Detroit Opera Resident Artists recently visited northern Michigan to work and perform with Interlochen Arts Academy opera students.

They were joined in IPR's Studio A by Nathalie Doucet, Detroit Opera's Head of Music and Resident Artist Program Director, as well as soprano and Associate Artistic Director Christine Goerke.

While at Interlochen, the guest artists presented performance master classes and roundtable Q&A sessions with Academy students. They also performed in a recital with Interlochen opera students.

The Detroit Opera Resident Artists visited IPR's Studio A during their visit to Interlochen's campus.

The repertoire they performed is listed below. Nathalie Doucet was the collaborative pianist for all performances.

Melanie Spector, soprano: "Quando me'n vo'" from Giacomo Puccini's La bohème (a/k/a "Musetta's Waltz")

Ben Reisinger, baritone: "O vin, dissipe la tristesse" from Ambroise Thomas's Hamlet

Rolfe Dauz, baritone: "Votre toast" from George Bizet's Carmen (a/k/a "The Toreador Song")

Those in the Detroit area can hear the Detroit Resident Artists in upcoming recitals at The War Memorial and Christ Church Cranbrook.

Michael Culler engineered this edition of Studio A.

Emily Duncan Wilson is IPR's digital content manager.

Laura Osgood Brown and Amanda Sewell provided additional support.

Kate Botello is a host and producer at Classical IPR.