Give the gift of opera this holiday season!

Gift an experience that your loved ones will remember for years to come! Give the gift of opera this holiday season by purchasing a flexible DMMO gift certificate package for your friends and family. Our exciting 46th Season truly features a show for everyone. For the newcomer, a ticket to J. Strauss’s bubbly and intoxicating comedy, Die Fledermaus, would be the perfect introduction to this wonderful art form (and it’s sung entirely in English!). For the opera connoisseur, we recommend Jonathan Dove’s delightful modern comedy, Flight. For those who love fairy tales, tickets to Antonin Dvorak’s masterpiece, Rusalka (which is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid) are a must! Tickets to our new production of Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land, which will be fully produced outdoors at the Maytag Dairy Farms in Newton, Iowa, would be the perfect gift for first-timers and seasoned opera-goers alike! Know any foodies? Get them tickets to our popular Wine & Food Showcase, featuring over 40 of the best food, wine and beer vendors in Des Moines. Bring the whole family to our Stars of Tomorrow concert, featuring the hits of opera performed by our world-class Apprentice Artists and the Des Moines Metro Opera Festival Orchestra. A gift certificate from DMMO will provide your friends and family with the much-appreciated flexibility to choose a package that best fits their schedule and best suits their style.

Purchase a Des Moines Metro Opera Gift Certificate today by calling our box office at 515-961-6221!

Give the gift of song with the Lekberg Christmas Songbook!

This collection of 37 remarkable carols by Sven Lekberg is edited by Dr. Michael Patterson, long time DMMO employee and friend of the Company. The Lekbergs were mentors of Dr. Robert Larsen and hosts of other Simpson students. They were two of the founding members of the first Des Moines Metro Opera Guild and were longtime supporters of the Company. Holiday photographs of the Lekbergs, at Christmas with students and friends, punctuate this remarkable collection of manuscripts.

The entire collection includes a CD of the carols and makes a perfect holiday gift and musical adventure to experience. The CD concludes with an interview with Sven and Robert Larsen, with Dr. Lekberg at the piano performing his improvised fantasy of Jingle Bells.

Enjoy Christmas music that you’ve never heard before! The book sells for $25 and all proceeds go to the Sven and Mildred Lekberg Scholarship Fund. Call the DMMO office at 515-961-6221 to get your own copy of these wonderful holiday carols!


A Collection of 22 Songs by Michael Patterson!

Dr. Michael Patterson, longtime festival staff member at DMMO and Simpson College professor, has recently published a remarkable collection of 22 art songs selected from a repertory of compositions spanning over 20 years. The collection features works for high voice, medium-high voice and medium-low voice types. The composer has generously requested that all proceeds raised from book sales be donated to Des Moines Metro Opera’s capital campaign to restore its administrative headquarters – the historic 1904 Indianola Carnegie Library. To learn more about the campaign, click HERE.

Included with the collection is a CD featuring live performances of every composition!

The collection of songs is available for $20 (price includes shipping). To order, call (515) 961-6221 or send an email to


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