Transgender opera opens DMMO’s 46th Season

Baritone (and Milford, IA native) John Moore and mezzo-soprano Elise Quagliata share the role of Hannah, the sole transgender protagonist in this tale of discovery, understanding and acceptance Presented in partnership with One Iowa and Transformations Iowa; both organizations will facilitate talk-back sessions immediately following each performance Performances to take place on November 17, 18…

DMMO Apprentice Artist Auditions

2018 Apprentice Artist Applications Now Available! Audition dates for the 2018 Season: Houston | September 28, 2017 Cincinnati | October 11, 2017 Chicago | October 12, 2017 New York City | October 30-November 1, 2017 Des Moines | November 5, 2017 APPLY NOW 2018 Summer Festival | June 22-July 15 J. Strauss  DIE FLEDERMAUS Dvořák…

Remembering Carol Stuart (1933-2017)

Born in 1933, soprano Carol Stuart was an incredible singer who inspired an opera company and was a significant factor in Robert L. Larsen and Douglas Duncan’s decision to launch Des Moines Metro Opera in 1973. A remarkable lyric coloratura with significant acting skills and stage craft, Carol sang 10 principal roles with DMMO between…

Q&A with Chris Largent

Chris Largent, DMMO’s Technical Director, answers questions about constructing the set for Billy Budd, managing two production departments, cleaning bathrooms (occasionally) and defying physics. Q: What is your official position at DMMO and how long have you worked with us? I am the Technical Director and this is my 6th season. Q: How did you get started…

Q&A with Brian August

Brian August, DMMO’s Production Stage Manager, answers questions about working behind-the-scenes, organized chaos and the many voices inside his head(phones)! Q: How long have you worked with DMMO?  Seven seasons! I started out in 2011 and here we are today! Q: How did you start out in the industry?  I started out stage managing in high…

Q&A with Vanessa Vasquez

Soprano Vanessa Vasquez, who makes her DMMO debut this summer as Liù in Turandot, answers questions about her recent win at the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions, opera, family and, of course, superpowers.   Q: What was it like performing on stage at the Met during the Grand Finals? Are there any specific moments that particularly resonate/stick out?  It was…

A Waltz Through Folly

Stephen Sondheim and Isaac Mizrahi explore midsummer misunderstandings to create a memorable musical tale In the northern regions of Scandinavia during the summer solstice, the sun does not set for days at a time. A diffused twilight illuminates midsummer festivals and raucous social revelries. Against this beautiful backdrop in turn-of-the-century Sweden, A Little Night Music celebrates…

Q&A with Brittany Crinson

Wig and makeup designer Brittany Crinson answers questions about life backstage, crazy wigs and a few of her favorite things. Q: How long have you worked with DMMO?  This is my 7th season with DMMO! Q: How did you start out in the industry? I went to cosmetology school and shortly after started working at Michigan Opera Theatre running…

Q&A with Michael Adams

Baritone Michael Adams, who stars as Ping in Turandot and Donald in Billy Budd (and was last seen at DMMO as Lescaut in Manon), answers questions about growing up, opera, family and BASEBALL. Q: Did you grow up in a musical family? When did you start singing? Yes, my father is a singer so I grew up…

Heartland Youth Choir to take the stage in TURANDOT and BILLY BUDD

Singers and musicians from around the world are arriving in Indianola to prepare for Des Moines Metro Opera’s 45th Festival Season, featuring performances of Puccini’s Turandot, Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, Benjamin Britten’s Billy Budd and Astor Piazzolla’s María de Buenos Aires. These world class artists and technicians come together for eight brief weeks…

45th Summer Festival Events

Thursday, May 18 at 7:00pm Smiles of a Summer Night Film Screening Fleur Cinema & Café (4545 Fleur Drive) FREE ADMISSION For more info, click HERE Thursday, May 25 at 7:00pm Peter Ustinov’s Billy Budd Film Screening Fleur Cinema & Café (4545 Fleur Drive) FREE ADMISSION For more info, click HERE Saturday, May 27 at…

Q&A with Troy Cook

Baritone Troy Cook, who stars as Fredrik Egerman in A Little Night Music (and was last seen at DMMO as de Brétigny in Manon and Younger Galileo in Galileo Galilei), answers questions about opera, singing, family and superpowers. Q: Did you grow up in a musical family? When did you start singing? I didn’t really grow…