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Wed April 29, 2015
Dressing the Part Written by Vicki L. Ingham Photos by Ben Easter Art Direction by Belle Du Chene Sure, you go to a Des Moines Metro Opera performance to enjoy the splendid singing. But the costumes and scenery also are star players, creating a world that can make the experience magical. See the entire article here
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Fri April 24, 2015
The 20145 Spring/Summer Vivace magazine will be arriving in thousands of mailboxes this week! If you didn’t receive a copy but would like one mailed to you, please contact our offices at 515-961-6221. Click here to download a digital version.
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Wed March 18, 2015
By Kate Padilla, Daily Reporter Staff The members of OPERA Iowa are busy. Michael Egel, general and artistic director, estimated that in the 29 years the program has been touring, they've worked with about 775,000 kids across the state, traveled to 10 states outside Iowa and two countries. This, he believes, makes it the largest and most expansive program in arts education in the state. And, on Friday, they're stopping in Spencer to bring opera, both "The Billy Goats Gruff" and Giaochino Ross...
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Mon February 2, 2015
Des Moines Register Saturday evening, guests attending the annual Bravo Gala will mark a decade of gratifying progress for the organization and the communities it serves. Some of the decade's highlights: GROWTH: The nine governmental units signing one-year agreements have grown to 16, and the agreements are now perpetual. GRANTS: Bravo awarded more than $3 million in Cultural Enrichment grants to 60 regional arts, culture and heritage organizations for fiscal year 2015, bringing ...
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Wed November 26, 2014
Before a San Francisco librarian named Carl Vogel died from AIDS complications in 1988, he sent some funeral instructions to his playwright sister. “I want a good show,” he wrote, “even though my role has been reduced involuntarily from player to prop.” But she did him one better. The Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel wrote a play called “The Baltimore Waltz,” about an imaginary trip to Europe she and her brother never took. It’s funny and bizarre in a way she thinks he would...
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Tue October 7, 2014
The 2014 Fall/Winter Vivace magazine will be arriving in thousands of mailboxes this week! If you didn’t receive a copy but would like one mailed to you, please contact our offices at 515-961-6221. Click here to download a digital version.
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Mon September 1, 2014
Des Moines Metro Opera's summer festival has become a vital fixture in the American opera calendar, and is growing year by year, both in scale and ambition. It takes place at the Blank Performing Arts Center in June and July every year, but programming has now expanded beyond the summer with Des Moines' 2nd Stages Series, which presents rare and contemporary work in unusual spaces. Coming up in December is a run of Jake Heggie's powerful one-act opera Three Decembers, paired with Paula...
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Sat June 21, 2014
The Des Moines Register's preview of Dead Man Walking When the San Francisco Opera commissioned a new show for the turn of the 21st century, they wanted something festive. What they got instead starts with a double murder and ends with an execution. “Dead Man Walking” sets music to the true story of a Louisiana convict and the nun who befriended him on death row, a story made famous by her best-selling book and the 1995 movie starring Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon. B...
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Mon January 13, 2014
Des Moines Metro Opera regretfully announces that Bill Theisen has withdrawn from the company’s upcoming production of Rossini’s Le Comte Ory for personal reasons. Des Moines Metro Opera wishes Mr. Theisen well. Le Comte Ory will be directed by David Gately, a veteran of opera and musical theater productions who has directed operas for Seattle Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Vancouver Opera, Florentine Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Omaha and many other companies. His...
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Tue November 26, 2013
Be sure to tune in to Iowa Public Radio at noon on Friday for a rebroadcast of the concert Sarah Jane McMahon, Soprano performed for the Des Moines Guild last January. It will be broadcast again on December 8 as well.
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Tue November 12, 2013
DMMO founder Dr. Robert L. Larsen has been named one of dsm magazine's Sages Over 70 and was honored on November 11, 2013. Congrats Dr. Larsen! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f29jMt8khqo
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Tue October 29, 2013
It's National Opera Week, everyone. Be sure to hug your opera this week.
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Sun October 27, 2013
Mark your calendars for "Amahl and the Night Visitors": D.M. Metro Opera to stage 'Amahl and the Night Visitors' Des Moines Metro Opera will stage the holiday classic “Amahl and the Night Visitors” Dec. 6-7 at Hoyt Sherman Place. Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera, composed for television in 1951, is the touching story of a poor woman and her child who play hosts to three mysterious strangers bearing gold, frankincense and myrrh. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6-7 and 2...
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Fri October 18, 2013
Tune in tomorrow night at 7pm to listen to DMMO's Elektra on Iowa Public Radio and remember your chance to strike her again on Sunday at noon. Opera in October: DMMO's Elektra, 10/19 and 10/20 By JACQUELINE HALBLOOM This week on Iowa Public Radio's Opera in October broadcast series features the Des Moines Metro Opera's production of Richard Strauss' Elektra. The broadcast will air on Saturday, October 19 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, October 20 at noon. This tragic tale of re...
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