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 Vogel's play The Baltimore Waltz. The double-bill follows on from World AIDS Day on 1 December, picking up on a theme that runs through both works. Perfomances take place at the historic Temple for the Performing Arts, a wonderful former Masonic Hall dating from 1911 in downtown Des Moines.

Meanwhile, the 43rd Summer Festival, from 26 June to 19 July 2015, has been announced, with a programme that includes the company premiere of Janáćek’s Jenůfa along with Mozart's Die Entführung aud dem Serail and Puccini's