The Detroit Opera House is the home of Michigan Opera Theatre, the State of Michigan’s premiere opera company, which, through its commitment to producing the very best professional productions from the grand opera, opera, operetta, musical theater, ballet and arts education programming, serves as a statewide cultural resource. The vision of internationally recognized impresario Dr. David DiChiera, the Detroit Opera House offers an essential, vibrant contribution to the quality of life for Detroit area residents and to communities throughout the region. This dynamic cultural resource exemplifies artistic excellence. Since its opening in 1996, the Detroit Opera House has offered Southeast Michigan the finest arts and cultural performances, concerts, and entertainment. By presenting culturally significant productions relative to the diverse populace of the region, such as "Porgy and Bess," "Anoush," "King Roger," "Dead Man Walking" and the world premiere production of "Margaret Garner," the Detroit Opera House and Michigan Opera Theatre have brought the magic of live theatre to thousands of people.