Since 1999, Arbor Opera Theater has served the community through thought-provoking productions, while training and promoting a new generation of operatic artists. Whether you are passionate about the arts, like to engage in dialogues about current issues, or believe (as we do) that it is necessary to expose children to the arts, we invite you to take a look at what Arbor Opera Theater is doing.


Arbor Opera Theater creates for artists and our community uncommon encounters with lyric theater.


Classical arts such as painting, sculpture, music, dance, theater and storytelling have uplifted and entertained our society for thousands of years. In our modern world where personally tailored entertainment is accessible to most everyone in western society, we believe more than ever that opera and the classical arts have an increasingly important voice.

The voice we are striving to project is one where the arts encourage us to engage our minds in a new way—a way in which we can be both challenged and uplifted. We seek to engage our audiences in a dialogue about our word and the value of art in it, and through stories new and old that help us understand our connection to one another.


Arbor Opera Theater (AOT) was founded as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 1999 by three singers: Karin White, Katherine Whittington-Perkowski, and Shawn McDonald. Upon completion of their academic music programs, they realized there was little opportunity in Southeast Michigan for singers to practice and hone their craft. Arbor Opera Theater was created to fill this void by producing full operatic productions, chamber operas, educational programs, and vocal recitals utilizing emerging professional artists. Additionally, AOT provides exciting programming that generates enthusiasm for opera in the community and encourages community members of all backgrounds to become more deeply involved in opera through participation in productions, serving on a committee or the board, and volunteering in administrative or artistic capacities.

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