DMMO announces lineup for 2017 Staging Connections

Because great works of art build bridges into our communities and lives, Des Moines Metro Opera created the Staging Connections Series to further explore the intersection between operatic performances and a multitude of connected disciplines. In the months leading up to our 45th Summer Festival Season, we are pleased to present an exciting slate of…

Storytime returns to the Carnegie Library

The Indianola Public Library and Des Moines Metro Opera are pleased to announce that the library’s popular storytime program will be returning to its original home at the historic Indianola Carnegie Library on Saturday, April 29 from 11:00-1:30pm. Children of all ages are welcome to enjoy “The Pet of the Met” read by Janis Comer,…

A week on the road with OPERA Iowa!

Our educational touring troupe has officially hit the road for its 31st annual outreach tour! This year’s tour will bring the troupe to Iowa, Wisconsin and Missouri as they perform Jack & the Beanstalk, a children’s opera by John Davies, and Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, for schools and communities across the region. Here’s a look…

Q&A with Dennis Hendrickson

Name: Dennis Hendrickson Position at Des Moines Metro Opera: Patron Services Manager Nickname: Mr. DMMO Length of time you have worked at DMMO? As a college student and first year music educator, I worked summers for Des Moines Metro Opera from 1974-1978. I started working full-time for the Company in 2002 after teaching for 25…

BILLY BUDD roars to life at DMMO

Blog written by Michael Egel, General & Artistic Director: “This is our moment, the moment we’ve been waiting for!” So exclaims the entire cast of sailors and naval officers near the beginning of Act II of Benjamin Britten’s epical opera Billy Budd as the mists finally lift over the rough sea so the H.M.S. Indomitable…

DMMO presents Sondheim’s A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC

Young love, rekindled love, plotting couples, and a dinner that erupts into chaos – what more could an audience want in an evening at the opera? Illustrious actress Desiree Armfeldt has captured the affection of two men, Count Carl Magnus and Fredrik Egerman…both are married. Jealousy and passion abound as the two battle for Desiree’s…

Meet the 31st OPERA Iowa troupe!

We find ourselves in the midst of yet another Iowa winter; overcast skies, sub-zero temperatures and lots of snow and ice (though not as much this year!) always seem to herald the start of our annual opera outreach tour, OPERA Iowa! This year is no exception. Our troupe arrived in Indianola on Thursday, February 1…

DMMO Announces Casting for 45th Summer Festival Season

Des Moines Metro Opera’s (DMMO) General and Artistic Director, Michael Egel, is pleased to announce the full casting for the Company’s 45th Summer Festival Season, which runs from June 23 through July 16, 2017, and offers 17 performances of four different operas. “Curating a diverse and compelling repertory that will appeal to both local ticket-buyers…

2016: A Year in Review

January 2016 DMMO presents Schubert’s Winterreise at the Des Moines Art Center as part of the Company’s 2nd Stages Series February 2016 DMMO’s annual Wine & Food Showcase takes over the Downtown Des Moines Marriott for an evening of gourmet food and beverages, complete with a silent auction and top-notch entertainment March-April 2016 The 31st…

Turandot at DMMO: 1988, 2002, 2017

There is perhaps no other opera better suited to mark an anniversary season like Giacomo Puccini’s final masterpiece, Turandot. An opera that inspires both spectacle and controversy, Turandot will once again take the stage at the Blank Performing Arts Center as it opens our 45th Summer Festival in a thrilling new production featuring our Puccini dream team, Alexandra…

Des Moines Metro Opera presents SOLDIER SONGS at Camp Dodge

An Unexpected Partnership: Des Moines Metro Opera Opens 45th Anniversary Season at Camp Dodge with Midwest Premiere of David T. Little’s Rock-Infused Opera Soldier Songs in Coordination with Iowa National Guard Des Moines, IA — Des Moines Metro Opera, in an historic partnership with the Iowa National Guard and Camp Dodge, will open its 45th Anniversary…

Give the gift of opera this holiday season!

The Perfect Season for Opera Aficionados and Newcomers Alike! Gift an experience that your loved ones will remember for years to come! Give the gift of DMMO this holiday season by purchasing a flexible gift certificate package for your friends and family. Our thrilling 45th Anniversary Season truly features a show for everyone. For the…