Since Detroit Opera Artistic Director Yuval Sharon arrived in Detroit in 2020, he’s been turning opera on its head in, what some might call, a very unconventional way. He’s taken the opera from the stage out into the streets, performing for the community on escalators and in warehouses, train stations, parking structures and several other unexpected places.  

Now Sharon takes on an even greater challenge: bringing back one of the most famous operas, “Aida,” after nearly a decade for a one-night only concert performance at the Detroit Opera. The Detroit Opera will perform Aida in Concert, conducted by Jonathan Heyward and featuring Angel Blue as Aida, at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 30.  

Cecelia Sharpe talks with Detroit Opera Artistic Director Yuval Sharon

WRCJ radio host Cecelia Sharpe talks with Detroit Opera Artistic Director Yuval Sharon about the opera’s one-night only performance of “Aida in Concert” on Dec. 30, 2022. | Photo by One Detroit

For One Detroit, WRCJ radio host Cecelia Sharpe sat down with Sharon ahead of the one-night only performance to talk about what people can expect from Aida in Concert, the fresh take he’s brought to opera in the modern day, and what’s on the horizon for the Detroit Opera in 2023. 

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