David DiChiera, the founder of Michigan Opera Theater, a regional company that attracted world-class talent and became a bastion of culture and a booster of revitalization in a downtown Detroit that many had abandoned, died on Tuesday at his home in that city. He was 83.
The cause was pancreatic cancer, said Erica Hobbs, a Michigan Opera spokeswoman.
Dr. DiChiera led the company from its establishment in 1971 to 2014 and drove the effort to buy and renovate a grand but dilapidated movie theater that became the Detroit Opera House, the company’s home.
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