Detroit Performs: A Salute to David DiChiera
ORIGINALLY AIRED JUNE 30, 2017
We join Detroit in mourning a true hero, Dr. David DiChiera. The founder and the General Director Emeritus of the Michigan Opera Theatre, David DiChiera’s vision for the city was unparalleled, and he felt that a great city deserved a great opera company of its own.
One of Detroit’s true heroes is Dr. David DiChiera. His desire to bring world-class opera to our area led him to establish Michigan Opera Theatre in 1971, which in turn, led to a search for a permanent home for the company. That culminated in 1996 with the transformation of the dilapidated Capitol Theatre into the magnificent Detroit Opera House, with superstar tenor Luciano Pavarotti present at the opening gala. Join us for a special look at David’s career as a musician, composer, artistic director, entrepreneur and visionary with archival footage, interviews with colleagues and community leaders, and in-studio surprise guests. Don’t miss this celebration of the man who sparked downtown Detroit’s rebirth and introduced the magic of opera to so many.