press releases

Mon January 23, 2017
Des Moines Metro Opera Announces Casting for 45th Summer Festival Season Des Moines, IA — 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 while building on DMMO’s g...
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Mon December 12, 2016
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 Season with a production of David T. Little’s poignant and chilling one-act opera Soldier Songs in late January 20...
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Tue March 1, 2016
Des Moines Metro Opera Single Tickets on Sale March 1, 2016 44th Festival Season Casting and Production Announcement Indianola, IA – General and Artistic Director Michael Egel has announced casting for the operas of the 44th Summer Festival Season, which includes primarily new productions as is the Company’s hallmark. Three, full-scale operas will be presented in 15 performances between June 24 and July 17, 2016 at the Blank Performing Arts Center in Indianola Iowa. A f...
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Mon August 3, 2015
Des Moines Metro Opera Receives $150,000 from The Gardner & Florence Call Cowles Foundation Indianola, IA – Des Moines Metro Opera is pleased to announce it has received a $150,000 grant from The Gardner & Florence Call Cowles Foundation. The grant is designated to support the OPERA Iowa Educational Touring Troupe for a three-year period beginning in 2016. The Opera Iowa program is the principal component of DMMO’s educational outreach...
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Wed July 1, 2015
Des Moines Metro Opera Announces Repertory for the 2016 Festival Season and 2nd Stages Series Indianola, IA – Michael Egel, General and Artistic Director of Des Moines Metro Opera, has announced the repertory for the 2016 Summer Festival Season. The company will present its signature combination of compelling masterpieces by beloved composers along with repertory that is new to the company. “The company has become known in the opera industry for consistently creating ...
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Thu February 26, 2015
Des Moines Metro Opera 43rd Festival Season Casting Announcement Single/Individual Tickets on Sale March 2, 2015 Indianola, IA – General and Artistic Director Michael Egel has announced casting for the operas of the 43rd Summer Festival Season. Three, full-scale grand operas will be presented in 15 performances between June 26 and July 19, 2015 at the Blank Performing Arts Center in Indianola, Iowa. A fourth production will run for 2 performances on July 9 and 12 a...
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Fri February 13, 2015
The Des Moines Metro Opera received the 2015 Encore Award at the 10th Annual Bravo Awards Gala – Tensational! held on Saturday, February 7. The Des Moines Metro Opera enjoyed one of its most successful years in 2014. Five new operas were performed including lectures, events and educational programming statewide. World-class performances were attended by visitors from 34 states, 2 foreign countries and 64 Iowa counties. In partnership with Iowa Public Television, the Des Mo...
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Tue July 1, 2014
Des Moines Metro Opera Announces Repertory for the 2015 Festival Season and 2nd Stages Series Indianola, IA –On June 27, 2014, Des Moines Metro Opera opened Verdi’s La Traviata to a capacity crowd. That performance ushered in the 42nd Festival Season in the company’s history. It also marked the occasion for the announcement of Des Moines Metro Opera’s 43rd Festival Season. “As a company, we are always looking ahead,” said Michael Egel, General and Artistic Directo...
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Wed June 4, 2014
Des Moines Metro Opera and StageWest Theater Company present a collaborative production to mark World AIDS Day 2014 Indianola, Iowa--- Des Moines Metro Opera and StageWest Theatre Company announced today plans for a collaborative production in their upcoming seasons to promote and support World AIDS Day 2014. The two companies will create an evening of theatre that highlights each genre—a double bill performance to include both an opera and a play. Both pieces focus on the ...
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Thu May 1, 2014
Drake Law partners with Des Moines Metro Opera for “The American Death Penalty as Reflected in the Opera ‘Dead Man Walking’: Age-Old Themes, Emerging Trends, and Recent Developments” DES MOINES-- Drake Law School is partnering with Des Moines Metro Opera to present “The American Death Penalty as Reflected in the Opera ‘Dead Man Walking’: Age-Old Themes, Emerging Trends, and Recent Developments.” Continuing legal education (CLE) credit is offered. This ev...
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Wed April 16, 2014
Des Moines Metro Opera Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant Grant to support the OPERA Iowa Educational Touring Troupe Indianola, IA --National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced today that Des Moines Metro Opera is one of 886 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. Des Moines Metro Opera is recommended for a $20,000 grant to support of the OPERA Iowa Educational Touring Troupe. The OPERA Iowa E...
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Mon April 7, 2014
Des Moines Metro Opera is “Staging Conections” in the community around Dead Man Walking. Indianola, Iowa--Between June 28 and July 19, Des Moines Metro Opera will present five performances of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, an opera based on the book of the same name by Sister Helen Prejean. Since its premiere in 2000 at the San Francisco Opera, the opera has gone on to become arguably the most-performed new opera of this century. Because of the social and legal i...
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Mon April 7, 2014
Sister Helen Prejean to speak in Des Moines as part of Des Moines Metro Opera’s production of Dead Man Walking Indianola, Iowa--- Sister Helen Prejean will discuss issues of capital punishment at Sheslow Auditorium on the Drake University campus on May 6 at 7 p.m. The lecture is called Dead Man Walking – The Journey Continues: A Conversation with Sister Helen Prejean. Sister Helen’s visit to Des Moines is in support of Des Moines Metro Opera’s production Dead ...
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Thu March 13, 2014
Des Moines Metro Opera 42nd Festival Season Casting Announcement Single/Individual Tickets go on sale March 3 Indianola, IA – General and Artistic Director Michael Egel and the Board of Directors have announced casting for the operas of the 42nd Summer Festival Season. The three, full-scale grand operas will be presented in 15 performances between June 27 and July 20, 2014 at the Blank Performing Arts Center in Indianola Iowa. A fourth production will run for 3 performanc...
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Tue January 21, 2014
Des Moines Metro Opera Wine & Food Showcase is February 21! Des Moines, IA – Des Moines Metro Opera Wine & Food Showcase will be held on February 21, 2014, at the Des Moines Marriott. Central Iowa’s finest chefs and caterers will join with Iowa’s best vintners, brewers and distributors to wine and dine patrons with their signature offerings. Wine & Food Showcase benefits Des Moines Metro Opera’s main stage opera productions as well as their award-winning ...
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Tue January 14, 2014
Des Moines Metro Opera’s OPERA Iowa Educational Touring Troupe Kicks Off 28th Annual Tour in Des Moines! Presented by the Bright Foundation With Additional Lead Support from: Athene USA Charitable Foundation, Bravo Greater Des Moines, DuPont Pioneer, Iowa Arts Council, a Division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, The Kuyper Foundation/Peter H. and E. Lucille Gass Kuyper Foundation, Principal Financial Group Foundation, Inc. ...
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Thu January 2, 2014
Des Moines Metro Opera names Ellen Diehl as Director of Advancement and Operations Indianola, Iowa--- Des Moines Metro Opera announced today that Ellen Diehl of Ankeny, IA has been named to the position of Director of Advancement and Operations for the company beginning January 6. Most recently, Diehl has served as the Director of Annual Giving and Events at the Mercy Foundation since 2006 where she developed and coordinated an annual fundraising campaign known as Spirit of ...
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Mon December 23, 2013
Des Moines Metro Opera receives grant from the Aaron Copland Fund for its production of Dead Man Walking Indianola, Iowa--- Des Moines Metro Opera, as part of its initiative to present at least one company premiere each season, will produce its first 21st Century opera during the 2014 Summer Festival Season, Jake Heggie’s searing Dead Man Walking. The inclusion of this title in the company’s repertory has already garnered national attention. Des Moines Metro Opera is ple...
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Mon November 25, 2013
Des Moines Metro Opera Founder Robert L. Larsen returns from retirement to present the miracle of Amahl and the Night Visitors Indianola, Iowa--- Des Moines Metro Opera, as part of their newly minted 2nd Stages Series, is proud to announce the production of Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors at historic Hoyt Sherman Place Theater on December 6 at 7:30pm and December 7 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm. Amahl is the story of a poor mother and her crippled son who give she...
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Wed September 25, 2013
Des Moines Metro Opera announces 2014 Season and Second Stages Series New Subscriptions on Sale October 1 Indianola, IA –On the heels of the highly successful 41st Festival Season that included 92% audience capacity, the company’s customary balanced budget and that Opera News International Magazine recently called the “strongest in recently memory”, General & Artistic Director Michael Egel and the Board of Directors have announced the company’s artistic plans f...
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Wed June 12, 2013
Des Moines Metro Opera Appoints Michael Egel as General and Artistic Director (Indianola, Iowa)— Des Moines Metro Opera announces today its selection of Michael Egel to serve as the General and Artistic Director of the company. Egel will assume responsibility for artistic direction and overall management, with specific responsibilities in the areas of strategic planning, opera production, fiscal stewardship and community, donor and board relations. Egel will work closely...
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Fri December 14, 2012
Longtime Des Moines Metro Opera Trustee Cherie Shreck Receives National Honor Indianola, IA – Cherie Shreck, longtime trustee and former president of Des Moines Metro Opera’s Board of Directors, will be honored by OPERA America, the national service organization for opera, by their National Trustee Recognition Program. In its sixth year, this award honors outstanding trustees of U.S. opera companies for exemplary leadership, generosity and audience-building efforts on beh...
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