In His Own Words

The Beginnings of the Des Moines Metro Opera Company by Robert L. Larsen It always seems to begin with the story of me and opera. As a boy I was interested in great art, music and theatre. I began taking piano lessons when I was 10—but even before that I developed a passion for opera….

Ellen Diehl announces retirement

After seven years at the helm of DMMO’s fundraising and philanthropic efforts, Ellen Diehl has announced that she will retire on January 31, 2021. Diehl has been an invaluable member of Des Moines Metro Opera since joining the staff in 2014, serving as Director of Advancement and Operations from 2014 to 2019 and Anniversary Projects…

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…

Spectres of the Stage

A Guide to Opera’s Most Famous Ghost Stories This year, Des Moines Metro Opera is bringing the supernatural to the stage with Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades, but this is far from the only show to feature ghosts in the opera repertoire. Read on to learn about some of opera’s spooky scenes and horrifying haunts…

“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 –…

Q&A with Kaylah Hicok

Name: Kaylah HicokPosition at DMMO: Guest Services Manager and Education Coordinator How did you get started at DMMO? I started ushering for DMMO in 2015 after my freshman year at Simpson College. It was at Simpson that I met Dr. Larsen and learned about the opera. In 2017, I was hired as a Box Office…

My First Opera

In this new series, DMMO Board Member and Iowa City resident Tim Krumm reflects on his first experience with Des Moines Metro Opera. The first opera I remember seeing at DMMO is Madama Butterfly in 1974 with my mom, dad, my brother David and Grandma Laura. The great Carol Stuart was singing the role of…

A Revolutionary Theatre Turns 50

In 1970 America’s heartland created one of the country’s most radically designed theaters. -by Mark Tiarks The Blank Performing Arts Center’s mainstage, called Pote Theatre, successfully incorporated both a traditional proscenium design and a thrust-stage auditorium. This unique configuration, which put the orchestra and conductor in the center of the action for opera productions, reflected…

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…

Q&A with Mané Galoyan

The soprano with “a voice of dazzling security and range, topped by a wonderfully projected mezzo voice that makes you hang onto every note…” (Classical Source), Mané Galoyan makes her company and role debut with DMMO as Musetta in Puccini’s La Bohème! In our second artist Q&A of the season, the Armenian native shares her…

Q&A with Thomas Glass

Baritone Thomas Glass returns to the role of Marcello for his company debut in DMMO’s beloved revival of Puccini’s La Bohème. With opening night fast approaching, we asked Glass a few questions about his long history with La Bohème, his passion for sports, and his favorite role he’s performed — complete with a fight scene! You’ve portrayed…

Q&A with Jill Grove

Mezzo-soprano Jill Grove returns to the DMMO stage this season in the role of The Old Lady in Leonard Bernstein’s Candide. Audiences will remember Grove from last season as Ježibaba in DMMO’s new production of Rusalka. In our first artist Q&A of the season, Grove answers questions about her beginnings in opera, her big plans…