Staff:

Executive Director/Founder,            Danielle Wright Danielle Wright, founded Opera MODO to fill the need for emerging artists who are done with school and seeking opportunities to develop artistically and gain stage experience. The word modo in Italian means opportunity. Though the company was officially formed in 2011, Ms. Wright produced 7 fully staged operas before giving Opera MODO its formal name and direction. She loves to watch people grow and flourish. Ms. Wright made her MainStage operatic debut in 2010 with Des Moines Metro Opera, and is an active performer across the United States. Contact Danielle!

Executive Director/Founder,            Danielle Wright

Danielle Wright, founded Opera MODO to fill the need for emerging artists who are done with school and seeking opportunities to develop artistically and gain stage experience. The word modo in Italian means opportunity. Though the company was officially formed in 2011, Ms. Wright produced 7 fully staged operas before giving Opera MODO its formal name and direction. She loves to watch people grow and flourish. Ms. Wright made her MainStage operatic debut in 2010 with Des Moines Metro Opera, and is an active performer across the United States. Contact Danielle!

Artistic Director, Dr. Steven McGhee Steven McGhee, Artistic Director, has been involved with Opera MODO in Detroit since 2014. He has also served as music director for MODO’s productions stunning, impactful productions of Albert Herring, Carmen, Cendrillon, Cosí fan tutte, Bon Opératit, and Semele. Other favorite past productions include: the world premiere workshop of Bright Sheng's The Dream of the Red Chamber, Ariadne auf Naxos, L'Elisir d'amore, The Cunning Little Vixen, at the University of Michigan; Cosí fan tutte with Pine Mountain Music Festival; Le Nozze di Figaro with Arbor Opera Theatre; Candide with The Michigan Theatre; The Light in the Piazza at New York University; Hansel and Gretel with Berkshire Opera Theater; and the off-Broadway premiere of Don Imbroglio at the New York Musical Theater Festival.  Contact Steven! What makes Opera MODO so great? Opera MODO is all about connection: among the artists, and between the artists, their audience and their shared community. MODO creates a reason for opera-creators and new and veteran opera-fans to get acquainted, up close and personal.  

Artistic Director, Dr. Steven McGhee

Steven McGhee, Artistic Director, has been involved with Opera MODO in Detroit since 2014. He has also served as music director for MODO’s productions stunning, impactful productions of Albert Herring, Carmen, Cendrillon, Cosí fan tutteBon Opératit, and Semele.

Other favorite past productions include: the world premiere workshop of Bright Sheng's The Dream of the Red ChamberAriadne auf NaxosL'Elisir d'amoreThe Cunning Little Vixen, at the University of Michigan; Cosí fan tutte with Pine Mountain Music Festival; Le Nozze di Figaro with Arbor Opera Theatre; Candide with The Michigan Theatre; The Light in the Piazza at New York University; Hansel and Gretel with Berkshire Opera Theater; and the off-Broadway premiere of Don Imbroglio at the New York Musical Theater Festival. 

Contact Steven!

What makes Opera MODO so great?

Opera MODO is all about connection: among the artists, and between the artists, their audience and their shared community. MODO creates a reason for opera-creators and new and veteran opera-fans to get acquainted, up close and personal.

 

Development Director, Katrina van Maanen Passionate about the role of opera in contemporary arts & culture, Katrina has cultivated a career both onstage and off. When she is not performing, her vibrant stage presence has translated into a love for cultivating new opera audiences. Katrina worked as Marketing & Development Assistant/Special Events Coordinator for Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings where she focused on fostering young audiences in Detroit through her work with Detroit Passport to the Arts. Her performance career includes roles such as Tytania in Midsummer Night's Dream, Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, and Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore. Katrina holds a Master's Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Houston and received her Bachelor's Degree from Western Michigan University. Contact Katrina!

Development Director, Katrina van Maanen

Passionate about the role of opera in contemporary arts & culture, Katrina has cultivated a career both onstage and off. When she is not performing, her vibrant stage presence has translated into a love for cultivating new opera audiences. Katrina worked as Marketing & Development Assistant/Special Events Coordinator for Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings where she focused on fostering young audiences in Detroit through her work with Detroit Passport to the Arts. Her performance career includes roles such as Tytania in Midsummer Night's Dream, Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, and Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore. Katrina holds a Master's Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Houston and received her Bachelor's Degree from Western Michigan University. Contact Katrina!

 
Production Coordinator, Alison Aquilina Alison Aquilina is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor's School of Music, Theater, and Dance. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Voice Performance with Teacher Certification and studied under Martha Sheil. She is also a 2010 graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, where she studied under Jeffrey Norris. Ms. Aquilina currently works as the office manager of a private practice psychiatrist in West Bloomfield, Michigan. She originally hails from Milford, Michigan, and currently resides in Canton, Michigan, where she teaches private voice lessons. This is her second season with Opera MODO. What makes Opera MODO so great? Working with Opera MODO is important because they fill a very much needed position in south east Michigan by giving opportunity to younger performers and musicians. Opera MODO provides a strong, nurturing environment for performers to cultivate their skills without having to leave the Detroit area.  

Production Coordinator, Alison Aquilina

Alison Aquilina is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor's School of Music, Theater, and Dance. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Voice Performance with Teacher Certification and studied under Martha Sheil. She is also a 2010 graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, where she studied under Jeffrey Norris. Ms. Aquilina currently works as the office manager of a private practice psychiatrist in West Bloomfield, Michigan. She originally hails from Milford, Michigan, and currently resides in Canton, Michigan, where she teaches private voice lessons. This is her second season with Opera MODO.

What makes Opera MODO so great?

Working with Opera MODO is important because they fill a very much needed position in south east Michigan by giving opportunity to younger performers and musicians. Opera MODO provides a strong, nurturing environment for performers to cultivate their skills without having to leave the Detroit area.

 

Stage Manager, Lauren Lenz Soprano Lauren Lenz is a recent graduate of Oakland University, where she studied under Dr. Edie Diggory. Lauren received her Bachelor of Arts in Music in December 2016, focusing primarily on vocal performance and opera production during her studies. Aside from performing, Lauren also teaches private voice lessons and has directed several children's choirs in the Detroit area. She recently made her operatic debut as Pistola in Opera MODO's Falstaff.  stagemanagement@operamodo.com

Stage Manager, Lauren Lenz

Soprano Lauren Lenz is a recent graduate of Oakland University, where she studied under Dr. Edie Diggory. Lauren received her Bachelor of Arts in Music in December 2016, focusing primarily on vocal performance and opera production during her studies. Aside from performing, Lauren also teaches private voice lessons and has directed several children's choirs in the Detroit area. She recently made her operatic debut as Pistola in Opera MODO's Falstaff. 

stagemanagement@operamodo.com

Fundraising, Christina Swanson Christina Swanson is a Detroit based soprano and a passionate advocate for innovation in arts and culture. She is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater, and Dance, where she received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance with a Minor in French and Francophone Studies. In addition to performing, she specialized in translating 17th century French opera, completing the first full English translation of Lully's Proserpine. Christina is an avid performer throughout the Detroit area, in addition to maintaining private voice studios in Detroit, Royal Oak, and Grosse Pointe. She has been seen on a variety of Detroit stages, including Spread Art, The Ghost Bar, and The Detroit New Works Festival. She is so thrilled to be part of a pioneering organization such as Opera MODO, breathing life into opera as well as our city.   What makes Opera MODO so great? Opera MODO is changing the culture of opera and classical music, emphasizing inclusiveness and creativity in tandem with excellence. MODO is a breeding ground for talent and innovation; we see the best in each performer, each team member, and in our audiences, and nourish it. Our passion drives us to dismantle the imaginary borders of opera, reaching people we never knew we could.   Plus, we have a lot of fun! :)  

Fundraising, Christina Swanson

Christina Swanson is a Detroit based soprano and a passionate advocate for innovation in arts and culture. She is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater, and Dance, where she received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance with a Minor in French and Francophone Studies. In addition to performing, she specialized in translating 17th century French opera, completing the first full English translation of Lully's Proserpine. Christina is an avid performer throughout the Detroit area, in addition to maintaining private voice studios in Detroit, Royal Oak, and Grosse Pointe. She has been seen on a variety of Detroit stages, including Spread Art, The Ghost Bar, and The Detroit New Works Festival. She is so thrilled to be part of a pioneering organization such as Opera MODO, breathing life into opera as well as our city.

 

What makes Opera MODO so great?

Opera MODO is changing the culture of opera and classical music, emphasizing inclusiveness and creativity in tandem with excellence. MODO is a breeding ground for talent and innovation; we see the best in each performer, each team member, and in our audiences, and nourish it. Our passion drives us to dismantle the imaginary borders of opera, reaching people we never knew we could.

 

Plus, we have a lot of fun! :)

 

Program Director, Shanna Kaminski Shanna M. Kaminski, is a well-known attorney in metro Detroit having represented the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department in the City of Detroit’s historic Chapter 9 bankruptcy case. She is a fearless litigator that vigorously represents the interests of businesses and business owners throughout North America and Europe. Ms. Kaminski is also a musician. She graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a degree in vocal performance and has performed in countless opera and musical theater productions in Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois over the last 15 years. She also performed in several countries in Europe as a member of an international choir. While studying music at Eastern Michigan University, Ms. Kaminski served as the Fundraising Director for the Comic Opera Guild based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ms. Kaminski is actively involved with several organizations, including the Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan, the Detroit Area Art Deco Society, the Michigan Historic Preservation Network, the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Consumer Bankruptcy Association, the America Bankruptcy Institute, the Turnaround Management Association, the State Bar of Michigan, the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, and the Oakland County Bar Association. Ms. Kaminski also provides pro bono legal services to woman-owned businesses in Detroit. She is proud to reside in Detroit’s Lafayette Park neighborhood with her Italian husband who shares her passion for opera. What makes Opera MODO so great? Opera MODO appeals to individuals that had never considered seeing an opera before thanks to its unique and affordable productions. Opera MODO productions are staged in a way to make the underlying stories, many of which were written hundreds of years ago, relevant to the political and social climate of the 21st century while keeping the musical and linguistic integrity of the original work intact. What’s more, rather than taking place in stuffy theaters, Opera MODO’s productions are executed at various venues throughout the City of Detroit providing audiences with an intimate and uncommon experience.

Program Director, Shanna Kaminski

Shanna M. Kaminski, is a well-known attorney in metro Detroit having represented the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department in the City of Detroit’s historic Chapter 9 bankruptcy
case. She is a fearless litigator that vigorously represents the interests of businesses and business owners throughout North America and Europe.
Ms. Kaminski is also a musician. She graduated from Eastern Michigan University with
a degree in vocal performance and has performed in countless opera and musical theater productions in Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois over the last 15 years. She also performed in several countries in Europe as a member of an international choir. While studying music at
Eastern Michigan University, Ms. Kaminski served as the Fundraising Director for the Comic Opera Guild based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ms. Kaminski is actively involved with several organizations, including the Dante
Alighieri Society of Michigan, the Detroit Area Art Deco Society, the Michigan Historic
Preservation Network, the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Consumer Bankruptcy Association, the America Bankruptcy Institute, the Turnaround Management Association, the
State Bar of Michigan, the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, and the Oakland County Bar
Association. Ms. Kaminski also provides pro bono legal services to woman-owned businesses in
Detroit. She is proud to reside in Detroit’s Lafayette Park neighborhood with her Italian husband
who shares her passion for opera.

What makes Opera MODO so great?
Opera MODO appeals to individuals that had never considered seeing an opera before thanks to its unique and affordable productions. Opera MODO productions are staged in a way to make the
underlying stories, many of which were written hundreds of years ago, relevant to the political
and social climate of the 21st century while keeping the musical and linguistic integrity of the original work intact. What’s more, rather than taking place in stuffy theaters, Opera MODO’s
productions are executed at various venues throughout the City of Detroit providing audiences with an intimate and uncommon experience.

 

Support:

Marketing Interns:

Emily Cotten

Hailey Cohen

Mary Martin

Web/Content Designer:

Rachelle Abernathy

Grant Writer:

Sydney Schaaf

App Designer:

Joel Bentley

Graphic Designer:

Brad Settle

Board:

Chair:

Jennifer Trombley Rohs

Treasurer:

Parker Roberts

Board Members:

Carolyn Geck

Lee Padgett

Evan Ross

Sherina Rodrigez Sharpe

Alice Tremont Fabiszewski