Soprano Hasmik Papian will star in Norma; Stephen Lord, music director of the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, will conduct. Mario Corradi is the director. The cast of La bohme includes Charles Catronova as Rofolfo and Liping Zhang as MimÐ. Steven Mercurio conducts.
Soprano Indra Thomas sings the title role in Aida, which also stars tenor Salvatore Licitra as Radams and Gregg Baker as Amonasro. Bliss Herbert is the director; Giuliano Carella conducts. The cast of La Cenerentola (Cinderella) currently includes Kenneth Tarver and Donato DiStefano. Mark Flint conducts; Mark Steshinsky directs.
The title role in Salome will be shared by Marquita Lister and Eilana Lappalainen, the latter making her company debut. Stefan Lano, who conducts the world premiere of Margaret Garner at MOT next month, returns to lead Salome. Bernard Uzan is the director.
The Detroit Opera House, the MOT's home, also announced its 2005-06 dance schedule, including visits from the Kirov Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Savion Glover, and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montr_al