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 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.

Managing Director, Alison Aquilina    Alison Aquilina  first began working with Opera MODO as a Stage Manager and Production Coordinator in 2015, and is thrilled to be rejoining the MODO family as Managing Director! Alison holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance with Teaching Certification from the University of Michigan, and she is also a proud graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy. Alison is a staunch proponent of creating and maintaining diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility in the arts, and is excited to be working with Opera MODO's incredible team to help facilitate artistic opportunities in her home state.

Managing Director, Alison Aquilina

Alison Aquilina first began working with Opera MODO as a Stage Manager and Production Coordinator in 2015, and is thrilled to be rejoining the MODO family as Managing Director! Alison holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance with Teaching Certification from the University of Michigan, and she is also a proud graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy. Alison is a staunch proponent of creating and maintaining diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility in the arts, and is excited to be working with Opera MODO's incredible team to help facilitate artistic opportunities in her home state.

 
 

Production Team:

Production Coordinator, Jesi Hempstead   Jesi Hempstead is a graduate student at Oakland University studying under Dr. Edie Diggory and pursuing a Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy. Jesi holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a Bachelor of Music in Oboe Performance from Millikin University as well as a Master of Music in Oboe Performance from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. Jesi is a staunch advocate for inclusivity and diversity in art. She strives to ensure all forms of artistic expression are accessible to all and her guiding principle is that an inclusive artistic environment is a healthy and successful one.

Production Coordinator, Jesi Hempstead

Jesi Hempstead is a graduate student at Oakland University studying under Dr. Edie Diggory and pursuing a Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy. Jesi holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a Bachelor of Music in Oboe Performance from Millikin University as well as a Master of Music in Oboe Performance from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. Jesi is a staunch advocate for inclusivity and diversity in art. She strives to ensure all forms of artistic expression are accessible to all and her guiding principle is that an inclusive artistic environment is a healthy and successful one.

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

Support:

Marketing Intern:

Hailey Cohen

App Designer:

Joel Bentley

Board:

Chair:

Evan Ross

Treasurer:

Jennifer Trombley Rohs

Board Members:

Alice Tremont Fabiszewski