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…

DMMO capital campaign exceeds goal

Des Moines Metro Opera’s Words and Music at the Carnegie Capital Campaign has raised over $4 million, exceeding its original $3.5 million goal. General and Artistic Director Michael Egel announced the news on November 9 at a donor recognition event to celebrate the campaign’s success. More than 175 donors participated in the campaign, including supporters from both…

MANON receives Emmy nomination

Iowa Public Television’s broadcast of Des Moines Metro Opera presents Manon has been nominated for an Upper Midwest Regional Emmy in the Arts/Entertainment division! The official nominees from the Arts/Entertainment division are: 14B: Arts/Entertainment – Program Cheng Khee Chee in Perspective – WDSE-TV Des Moines Metro Opera Presents Manon – Iowa Public Television Judy Blank, Producer/Editor Andrea Coyle,…

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…