Des Moines Metro Opera is pleased to share with you the exciting results of the 2016 Summer Festival Season as our fiscal year comes to a close. This season continued our commitment to inspire audiences from across our region and around the world to make Des Moines their choice destination for professional theatre and stunning vocalism, with audiences joining us from nearly 40 states, 4 countries and 66 Iowa counties! Audiences also joined us from every zip code in the Des Moines metro area. Three sold out performances of our 2nd Stages Series production of Galileo Galilei at the Science Center of Iowa and a host of lectures, events and performances rounded out a season to remember. And once again, our fiscal year has ended with a balanced operating budget, demonstrating our commitment to artistic excellence and fiscal responsibility.
We are pleased that the quality of our productions drew opera professionals from companies such as the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Madison Opera, Opera Colorado, Portland Opera, Opera Birmingham, Utah Opera, Minnesota Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera Omaha, Arizona Opera, Virginia Opera and Opera Delaware. Critics attended the festival from a variety of national organizations, both print and online:
“David Neely, DMMO’s musical director and principal conductor, marshalled the ensemble cast and the DMMO orchestra through Verdi’s intricate and virtuosic score with aplomb.” –Opera Today (Falstaff)
“This Manon was the most cogent mounting Massenet’s opera on the regional market In memory and would have made an ideal introduction to the art form of opera for anyone.” -Opera News (Manon)
“Kristine McIntyre’s meticulously crafted production of Massenet’s Manon was graced by a brace of principals who displayed extraordinary dramatic commitment.”
-Opera News (Manon)
“What happens when just everything about an operatic performance goes joyously right? The answer would be found in Des Moines Metro Opera’s incandescent production of Orphée et Eurydice” -Opera Today (Orphée et Eurydice)
“The production of Galileo Galilei could hardly have been bettered. Every single element of the design was top tier.” –Opera Today (Galileo Galilei)
We are grateful that you were a part of the magic of our 2016 Season and we look forward to seeing at a special event later this year or as part of our upcoming 45th Anniversary Season in 2017!