Golden Gala

Saturday, June 11, 2022

Golden Premier Sponsor:

The evening's schedule:

5:30PM Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres
6:30PM Dinner and Program featuring DMMO Principal Artists
8:30PM Golden Afterglow Party with the Diamond Empire Band and John Holiday

Krause Gateway Center
1459 Grand Ave, Des Moines

Black tie evening or other formal attire; golden glamour encouraged

Golden Afterglow ticket: $75
Golden Gala Table Sponsor Package (table of 10): $5,000
Golden Gala Sponsor Package (two tickets): $1,500
Gala Table of 10: $3000
Individual Gala Ticket: $300
Add an Artist to Your Table: $300

Join us in one of downtown Des Moines’ most distinguished recent additions­­—the Krause Gateway Center, designed by the internationally renowned architect Renzo Piano, and located across from the striking views of the Pappajohn Sculpture Park.

The celebration begins at 5:30 with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres by Allora Café on the beautiful grounds of the Krause Gateway Center, followed by an equisite and elegant dinner by the Embassy Club and Chef Michael LaValle with shimmering vocal fireworks delivered by DMMO’s mainstage artists. After dessert, the festivities swing onto the dancefloor with the Diamond Empire Band, who will be joined by the vocal stylings of DMMO's own John Holiday for a few special musical selections!

Golden Gala Afterglow
Join us for a glamorous evening of cocktails, dancing and decadent desserts in celebration of Des Moines Metro Opera's 50th anniversary in one of downtown Des Moines’ most distinguished architectural additions­­—the Krause Gateway Center.

Tickets to the Golden Gala Afterglow are $75 and include hosted bar, complimentary valet parking, as well as coffee and desserts from Allora Café. Nationally recognized Diamond Empire Band will delight and entertain throughout the evening with John Holiday providing his dazzling vocal stylings for a few special numbers!


Stuffed Morels in fried leek nest 
Spring pea with mint shooter

Signature cocktail: Allora Spritz of Enrico Serafino Prosecco, Aperol with Elderflower blossoms and Gold flakes
Sparkling water and Prosecco
Full bar available with suggested Campari Negronis and summer Gin and Tonics

1st Course
Chilled Maine Lobster tail sliced medallions on peeled poached Iowa Asparagus. Seaweed garnish
Shredded Golden Carrots lightly Dressed with Golden Caviar-Lemon sauce
South Union Breadstix 

Thin-sliced Black Crust Prime Beef Tenderloin & Golden Trout ¼ fume
Golden Horseradish in yellow cherry tomato, Golden Beet, Raisin & Lentil Mélange
Timbale on Saffron Allora fresh corn & dill pasta sheet
EVOO Crostini 


Fresh Peach Sorbetto Ripieni with Golden Macaron

Allora coffee bar
Full bar available
Dore mignardise

The Evening's Entertainment

The Diamond Empire Band is a group of live music experts and party starters who specialize in high-energy music for festivals, weddings, corporate events, and private functions. They infuse every event with energy and fun and pride themselves on filling dance floors.

Check out a video of the Diamond Empire Band >

Joining Diamond Empire Band for a few select numbers is countertenor John Holiday, who has established himself as “one of the finest countertenors of his generation” (Los Angeles Times). His voice has been praised as “a thing of astonishing beauty” (New Yorker), “arrestingly powerful, secure and dramatically high” (Wall Street Journal), “exceptional [and] strong...even in its highest range” (The New York Times) and “timeless” (Washington Post). Holiday’s unique voice and powerful story have been the subject of profiles in The New Yorker, CNN’s Great Big Story, Los Angeles Times, and more.

John made his DMMO debut in 2018 singing the role of the Refugee in Dove/de Angelis' Flight and will return this summer for an exciting role debut as the Fairy King Oberon in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Read Mr. Holiday's full bio >