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…

Des Moines Metro Opera Announces Staff Transitions

(seated from L-R: Ellen Diehl, Timothy McMillin; standing from L-R: Michael Egel, Adam Bogh) Indianola, Iowa – Des Moines Metro Opera announced today that Ellen Diehl of Ankeny, Iowa, will transition from her current role with the Company to the newly created position of Anniversary Projects Director. This position will focus on exploratory efforts and special initiatives to…

Des Moines Metro Opera Announces Additional Performance of Bon Appétit!

Indianola, IA — Des Moines Metro Opera (DMMO) General and Artistic Director Michael Egel announced today that an additional performance of Lee Hoiby’s Bon Appétit!, has been added on Friday, July 19 at 6:00pm. “Even though we’re over two months from opening night, the first two performances of Bon Appétit! have already sold out, making this our most…

Des Moines Metro Opera Announces Casting for 47th Festival Season

Indianola, IA — Des Moines Metro Opera’s (DMMO) General and Artistic Director, Michael Egel, is pleased to announce the full casting for the Company’s 47th Festival Season, which runs from June 28 through July 21, 2019, and offers 18 performances of four different operas. “Presenting repertory performances of major works in dynamic contract to one…

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…

Q&A with Sara Gartland

Soprano Sara Gartland returns to Indianola, Iowa, for her fourth summer with DMMO, this time singing the titular role in Antonín Dvořák’s haunting Rusalka. Gartland has a long history with the company, beginning as a member of our Apprentice Artist Program in 2008, as well as mainstage roles as in Regina (2008), Romeo and Juliet (2013)…

Des Moines Metro Opera Announces Repertory for 2019 Season

Indianola, IA – Michael Egel, General and Artistic Director of Des Moines Metro Opera (DMMO), has announced the complete repertory for the Company’s 2019 Season, which includes its 47th Summer Festival and 2nd Stages Series. The productions for the 2019 Season include mainstage performances of Giacomo Puccini’s romantic blockbuster La Bohème, Bernstein’s musical-operetta Candide and Alban Berg’s searing yet beautiful drama, Wozzeck,…

Q&A with David Pershall

Hailed by Opera News as having a “warm and expressive lyric baritone,” David Pershall will be making both a role and company debut this festival season as Gabriel von Eisenstein in Johann Strauss II’s bubbly and effervescent operatic comedy, Die Fledermaus. In preparation for opening night on June 23, we asked Pershall a few questions in our third…

Q&A with Susannah Biller

Susannah Biller travels to the Indianola this summer for her second season with DMMO. Previously performing as Eurydice in DMMO’s 2016 production of Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice, Biller returns to the stage as Rosalinda in J. Strauss’s effervescent and sparkling comedy, Die Fledermaus.  In our second artist Q&A of the 46th Festival Season, Susannah Biller answers questions about…

Embracing the Waltz

THE WALTZ MAY SEEM to us the most decorous of dances, but two centuries ago many saw it as the vortex of sin. In 1816 London’s The Times proclaimed its civic duty “to warn every parent against exposing his daughter to so fatal a contagion,” a sentiment that was echoed throughout much of Europe. Hedonistic…