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The 2016-2017 Michigan Opera Theatre season, announced Wednesday, will include five operas and five dance presentations picked to celebrate the legacy of David DiChiera, the company founder and artistic director who will retire at the end of the new season.

Capping the series will be DiChiera’s own “Cyrano.”

Other operas include Bizet’s “Carmen,” Puts’ “Silent Night,” Adamo’s “Little Women” and “The Girl of the Golden West” by Puccini.

The dance series will feature the Mark Morris Dance Group, Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company, the Eisenhower Dance with State Street Ballet and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

Continuing a long tradition, the BalletMet Columbus will stage “The Nutcracker” in late November.

In April, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will put on four performances, though these are outside the dance subscription series.

MOT’s new season will start in October and run through the spring.

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