2nd Stages Series

"Ingenious Des Moines Metro Opera continued its string of site-specific hits with an endearing production of Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land on the grounds of the Maytag Dairy Farms. Such “second stage” productions of smaller works have proven to be highly popular, sold-out accent pieces to the company’s three main stage offerings..." -Opera Today (2018)

Conceived as an expansion of the company’s successful Summer Festival Season, the 2nd Stages Series builds on Des Moines Metro Opera’s rapidly expanding capacity as a true community partner and allows audiences to experience this remarkable art form through operatic presentations in unorthodox spaces. Creative place-making is a core component of our mission to introduce live performance to audiences in the Midwest and to demonstrate the power of the human voice to tell the stories of our own time. These productions will be added to the line-up of various seasons as interesting projects, locations, occasions and sponsors are identified and brought together.

Now in its fifth year, the 2nd Stages Series has partnered with various community organizations to present unique performances at venues such as the Des Moines Social Club, the Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens, the Science Center of Iowa, the Freedom Center at Camp Dodge, the Des Moines Art Center, the Temple Theater, Hoyt Sherman Place and Stoner Theater. 


Upcoming Productions

Tom Cipullo's Glory Denied
Presented in collaboration with the Iowa National Guard
November 16-18, 2018


Previous Productions

THE TENDER LAND

Music: Aaron Copland
Libretto: Horace Everett (Erik Johns)

Presented July 5 & 8, 2018
An outdoor production at the Maytag Dairy Farms in Newton, Iowa

In partnership with the Maytag Dairy Farms

AS ONE

Music and concept: Laura Kaminsky
Libretto: Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed
Film: Kimberly Reed

Presented Nov 17-19, 2017
Stoner Theater, Civic Center

In partnership with One Iowa and Transformations Iowa

MARÍA DE BUENOS AIRES

Music by Astor Piazzolla
Libretto by Horacio Ferrer

Presented July 6 & 13, 2017
Temple Theater, Des Moines

SOLDIER SONGS

Music and libretto: David T. Little

Presented Jan 27-29, 2017
Freedom Center at Camp Dodge

Presented in collaboration with the Iowa National Guard

GALILEO GALILEI

Music: Philip Glass
Libretto: Mary Zimmerman with Philip Glass and Arnold Weinstein

Presented July 7 & 10, 2016
Science Center of Iowa

Presented in partnership with the Science Center of Iowa

WINTERREISE

Music: Franz Schubert
Text: Wilhelm Müller

Presented Jan 29-21, 2016
Des Moines Art Center

Presented in partnership with the Des Moines Art Center

RAPPACCINI'S DAUGHTER

Music: Daniel Catán
Text: Juan Tovar
Based on the play by Octavio Paz

Presented July 9 & 12, 2015
Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens

Presented in partnership with the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

THREE DECEMBERS

Music: Jake Heggie
Libretto: Gene Scheer
Based on Some Christmas Letters, an original play by Terrence McNally

Presented Dec 5-7, 2014
Temple Theater

Presented in partnership with Stage West

THE TRAGEDY OF CARMEN

Music: Georges Bizet and Peter Brook
Libretto: after Prosper Mérimée, Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy

Presented July 10 & 19, 2014
Kum & Go Theater, Des Moines Social Club

Presented in partnership with the Des Moines Social Club

AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS

Music and libretto: Gian Carlo Menotti

Presented Dec 6-7, 2013
Hoyt Sherman Place