Q&A with Tim McMillin

Name: Tim McMillinPosition at DMMO: Director of Development What do you remember about your first summer at DMMO as an administrative intern?I remember being in complete and utter awe (much as I still am after all these years) at the dedication, commitment, skill, talent, and utter grit it takes to produce this art form. From…

Vanity at Versailles

Rameau’s colorful ballet “buffon” made a splash at its premiere at Versailles in 1745, and now the marsh nymph prepares to make her debut on DMMO’s mainstage. It’s strange to imagine how an opera that is primarily an exercise in comeuppance was commissioned for a wedding celebration. Platée was composed for the nuptials of the…

Long Live the Queen

While Eugene Onegin is his most popular opera, The Queen of Spades may be Tchaikovsky’s best. In it, the composer of The Nutcracker and Swan Lake tackles Pushkin’s eerie Russian ghost story. If any composer embodies the essence of “Russianness,” it is Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky, whose music often evokes his country’s landscape and is characterized…

Attend the Tale

Des Moines Metro Opera founder Robert L. Larsen explains how Sondheim’s musical thriller came from Broadway to Des Moines Metro Opera’s stage. The origin of this strange tale may have been a recorded murder in the later 18th century in the area of Fleet Street in London. A version appeared in serialized form for The…

“Des Moines Metro Opera Presents Bon Appétit!” receives Emmy!

At the Upper Midwest Regional Emmy Awards on Saturday, November 14th, Iowa PBS’s broadcast of Des Moines Metro Opera presents Bon Appétit! won the 2020 Emmy in the Arts/Entertainment division! This marks the third Emmy win for Iowa PBS broadcasts of DMMO shows. The official nominees from the Arts/Entertainment division were: Becoming Wild: Ryan Donato –…

A note from Michael Egel

Dear Friends, “If any further proof were needed that Des Moines Metro Opera is at the forefront of operatic excellence in America, their theatrically searing, musically impeccable Wozzeck would cement this assertion.” This was the opening line of a review from Opera Today in July and I hope you agree. Four all-original productions delighted us during…

Love grows in the Corn Belt

Opera brings people together – be it patrons, communities or a couple separated by the Atlantic Ocean. Gregory Warren and Hester Warren-Steijn met overseas through their careers in opera and now live in two different countries. Opera keeps the married couple connected and brings them here to Indianola two months out of the year to…

31st Annual OPERA Iowa Tour

For over 30 years OPERA Iowa has created magic in rural schools, city classrooms, cafetoriums, community centers, concert halls and gymnasiums, offering over 800,000 young people and adults a quality arts experience today while building new enthusiastic opera audiences for tomorrow. As the state’s largest and most expansive program in arts education and one of…