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A THOUSAND ACRES (2022)

Photos: Duane Tinkey for Des Moines Metro Opera
Music by Kristin Kuster
Libretto by Mark Campbell
Based on the novel by Jane Smiley
Performances: July 9, 13, 17, 19, 22
Venue: Pote Theatre, Blank Performing Arts Center

Conductor: David Neely
Director: Kristine McIntyre
Scenic and Projection Design: Luke Cantarella
Costume Design: Valérie Thérèse Bart
Lighting Design: Kate Ashton
Make-Up/Hair Design: Kellen M. Eason

Ginny: Elise Quagliata
Rose: Sara Gartland
Larry: Roger Honeywell
Caroline: Grace Kahl
Jess: John Moore
Ty: Keith Phares
Pete: Taylor Stayton
Harold: Kristopher Irmiter
Marv Carson: Wei Wu
Pamela: Mara Stoa
Linda: Ansley Mason

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PORGY AND BESS (2022)

By George Gershwin, Dubose and Dorothy Heyward and Ira Gershwin
Performances: July 1, 3, 8, 14, 16, 24
Venue: Pote Theatre, Blank Performing Arts Center
Photos: Duane Tinkey for Des Moines Metro Opera

Conductor: Michael Ellis Ingram
Director: Tazewell Thompson
Scenic Design: R. Keith Brumley
Costume Design: Harry Nadal
Lighting Design: Robert Wierzel
Make-Up/Hair Design: Kellen M. Eason

Porgy: Kevin Deas
Bess: Michelle Johnson
Serena: Leah Hawkins
Crown: Norman Garrett
Sportin' Life: Jermaine Smith
Clara: Jacqueline Echols
Jake: Blake Denson
Maria: Lucia Bradford
Lawyer Frazier: Simon Estes
Robbins: Errin Duane Brooks
Undertaker: Patrick Blackwell
Peter: Roland Hawkins, II
Mingo: David Morgans Sanchez
Jim: Brandon Bell
Crab Man: Demetrious Sampson, Jr.
Strawberry Woman: Lynnesha Crump
Detective: Richard Cordova
Coroner: Thaddeus Ennen
Lily: Imara Miles
Annie: GeDeane Graham
Nelson: Sankara Harouna
Policeman: Jonathan Patton
Second policeman: Kellen Schrimper

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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (2022)

Music by Benjamin Britten
Libretto by Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears, after the play by Shakespeare
Performances: July 2, 10, 15, 23
Venue: Pote Theatre, Blank Performing Arts Center
Photos: Duane Tinkey for Des Moines Metro Opera

Conductor: Elizabeth Askren
Director: Chas Rader-Shieber
Scenic and Costume Design: Jacob A. Climer
Lighting Design: Connie Yun
Make-Up/Hair Design: Brittany V.A. Rappise

Oberon: John Holiday
Tytania: Sydney Mancasola
Bottom: Barnaby Rea
Puck: Liam Beck-O'Sullivan
Demetrius: Alexander Birch Elliott
Helena: Susanne Burgess
Lysander: Isaiah Bell
Hermia: Tamara Gura
Quince: Matt Boehler
Flute: Michael Kuhn
Snug: Wei Wu
Snout: Corey Trahan
Starveling: Michael Pandolfo
Thesues: Alan Williams
Hippolyta: Sydney Frodsham
Peaseblossom: Véronique Filloux
Mustardseed: Naomi Brigell
Moth: Miya Higashiyama
Cobweb: Emma Rothfield

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AMERICAN APOLLO (2022)

Music by Damien Geter
Libretto by Lila Palmer
Performances: July 20, 21, 24
Venue: Levitt Auditorium, Des Moines Art Center
Photos: Duane Tinkey for Des Moines Metro Opera

Conductor: David Neely
Director: Kimille Howard
Video/Projection Design: David Murakami
Scenic Design: Calvin Stara
Costume Design: Harry Nadal
Lighting Design: Bridget S. Williams
Make-Up/Hair Design: Kellen M. Eason

Thomas McKeller: Justin Austin
John Singer Sargent: Thomas Glenn
Isabella Stewart Gardner: Mary Dunleavy
Jimmy: Jason Zacher

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THE MAGIC FLUTE (2022)

Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder
Performances: March 5, 6
Venue: Des Moines Civic Center
Photos: Duane Tinkey for Des Moines Metro Opera

Conductor: Christopher Allen
Revival Director: Erik Friedman
Original Co-Director: Barrie Kosky
Original Co-Director: Suzanne Andrade
Animation: Paul Barritt 
Set and Costume Design: Esther Bialas
Wig and Makeup Director: Amanda Clark

Tamino: Aaron Blake
Pamino: Raven McMillon
Papageno: Andrew Wilkowske
The Queen of the Night: Audrey Luna
First Lady: Mathilda Edge
Second Lady: Sun-Ly Pierce
Third Lady: Kathleen Felty
Monostatos: John Robert Lindsey
Sarastro: Christian Zaremba
Papagena: Denis Vélez
First Spirit: Ashley Fabian
Second Spirit: Briana Moynihan
Third Spirit: Shannon Keegan
First Armored Man: Robert Gerold
Second Armored Man: Kellen Schrimper

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SWEENEY TODD (2021)

(c) Duane Tinkey for Des Moines Metro Opera
Music and lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
Book: Hugh Wheeler, from an adaptation by Christopher Bond
Performances: July 2, 4, 9, 17, 20, 22, 25
Venue: Pote Theatre, Blank Performing Arts Center

Conductor: David Neely
Director: Kristine McIntyre
Scenic Design: R. Keith Brumley
Costume Design: Jonathan Knipscher
Lighting Design: Kate Ashton
Make-Up/Hair Design: Joanne Weaver
Choreography: Todd Rhoades
Fight Director: Brian Robertson

Sweeney Todd: Zachary Nelson
Mrs. Lovett: Lucy Schaufer
Anthony: Ben Edquist
Johanna: Grace Kahl
Judge Turpin: Wayne Tigges
Beggar Woman: Zoie Reams
Tobias Ragg: Christian Sanders
Beadle Bamford: Corey Bix
Adolfo Pirelli: Peter Scott Drackley

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THE QUEEN OF SPADES (2021)

Photos by Jen Golay for Des Moines Metro Opera

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Libretto: Modest Tchaikovsky
Performances: July 3, 11, 13, 16, 23
Venue: Pote Theatre, Blank Performing Arts Center

Conductor: David Neely
Director: Matthew Ozawa
Scenic Design: Andrew Boyce
Costume Design: Jonathan Knipscher
Lighting Design: Sarah Riffle
Make-Up/Hair Design: Joanne Weaver
Choreography: Todd Rhoades

Gherman: Jonathan Burton
Countess: Joyce Castle
Lisa: Sara Gartland
Prince Yeletsky: Alexander Birch Elliott
Count Tomsky/Zlatagor: Benjamin Taylor
Pauline/Milovzor: Taylor Raven
Tchekalinsky: Peter Scott Drackley
Sourin: Andrew Gilstrap
Mascha: Symone Harcum
Governess: Cierra Byrd
Master of Ceremonies: Jonas Hacker
Prilepa: Cadie J. Bryan
Tchaplitsky: Andrew Turner
Narumov: Ryan Wolfe
Catherine the Great: Susan E. Voss

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PLATÉE (2021)

(c) Duane Tinkey for Des Moines Metro Opera

Music: Jean-Philippe Rameau
Libretto: Adrien-Joseph le Valois d'Orville
Performances: July 10, 15, 18, 23
Venue: Pote Theatre, Blank Performing Arts Center

Conductor: Gary Thor Wedow
Director: Chas Rader-Shieber
Scenic and Costume Design: Jacob A. Climer
Lighting Design: Nate Wheatley
Make-Up/Hair Design: Sondra Nottingham
Choreography: Isaac Martin Lerner

Platée: Taylor Stayton
La Folie: Elizabeth Sutphen
Jupiter: Scott Conner
Juno: Zoie Reams
Momus: Alexander Birch Elliott
Mercury: Jonas Hacker
Citheron: Alex Rosen
Clarine: Cadie J. Bryan
Thespis: James Stevens
Thalie: Camille Sherman
Amour: Véronique Filloux
Satyre: Benjamin Taylor

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FELLOW TRAVELERS (2021)

(c) Duane Tinkey for Des Moines Metro Opera

Music: Gregory Spears
Libretto: Greg Pierce, based on the 2007 novel by Thomas Mallon
Performance: July 17, 2021
Venue: Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines

Conductor: Carolyn Watson
Director: Marcus Shields
Scenic Design: Victoria Tzykun
Costume Design: Paul Carey
Supplemental Costume Design: Heather Lesieur
Lighting Design: Nate Wheatley
Make-Up/Hair Design: Sondra Nottingham

Hawkins Fuller: Joseph Lattanzi
Timothy Laughlin: Christian Sanders
Mary Johnson: Grace Kahl
Tommy McIntyre: Benjamin Taylor
Miss Lightfoot: Amanda Sheriff
Senator Joseph McCarthy: Nathaniel Hill
Senator Charles Potter: Craig Juricka
Lucy: Claire Lopatka
Estonian Frank/Interrogator: Kellen Schrimper
Sen. Potter's Assistant/Bookseller/Priest/Technician: Ryan Wolfe

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BON APPÉTIT! (2019)

(c) Duane Tinkey for Des Moines Metro Opera
Music: Lee Hoiby
Text: Julia Child, adapted by Mark Shulgasser
Performances: July 18, 19, 21
Venue: Iowa Culinary Institute, Des Moines Area Community College - Ankeny Campus

Julia Child: Joyce Castle
Pianist: Elden Little
Director: Nathan Troupe
Scenic Design: Adam Crinson
Lighting Design: Nate Wheatley
Costume Design: Heather Lesieur
Make-Up/Hair Design: Sarah Norton

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WOZZECK (2019)

(c) Duane Tinkey for Des Moines Metro Opera
Music: Alban Berg
Libretto: Alban Berg, after a play by Georg Büchner
Performances: July 6, 14, 16, 19
Venue: Pote Theatre, Blank Performing Arts Center

Conductor: David Neely
Director: Kristine McIntyre
Scenic and Costume Design: Vita Tzykun
Lighting Design: Kate Ashton
Make-Up/Hair Design: Brittany Crinson
Choreography: Lisa Thurrell
Fight Director: Gina Cerimele-Mechley

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CANDIDE (2019)

(c) Duane Tinkey for Des Moines Metro Opera
Music: Leonard Bernstein
Book: Hugh Wheeler, after Voltaire
Libretto: Richard Wilber, Stephen Sondheim, John La Touche, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker and Leonard Bernstein. Utilizing the Scottish Opera version.
Performances: June 29, July 7, 10, 12, 20
Venue: Pote Theatre, Blank Performing Arts Center

Conductor: David Neely
Director: Michael Shell
Scenic Design: Steven C. Kemp
Lighting Design: Nate Wheatley
Costume Design: Linda Pisano
Make-Up/Hair Design: Brittany Crinson
Choreography: Todd Rhoades

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LA BOHÈME (2019)

(c) Duane Tinkey for Des Moines Metro Opera
Music: Giacomo Puccini
Libretto: Giuseppe Giacosa, Luigi Illica
Performances: June 28, 30, July 5, 11, 13, 21
Venue: Pote Theatre, Blank Performing Arts Center

Conductor: Michael Christie
Director: Octavio Cardenas
Scenic Design: Robert Little
Lighting Design: Sarah Riffle
Make-Up/Hair Design: Brittany Crinson
Costumes: Malabar, Ltd. 

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GLORY DENIED (2018)

(c) Duane Tinkey for Des Moines Metro Opera
Music: Tom Cipullo
Libretto: adapted by the composer from the oral history Glory Denied by Tom Philpott
Performances: November 16, 17, 18, 2018
Venue: Drill Hall, Freedom Center at Camp Dodge

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FLIGHT (2018)

(c) Duane Tinkey for Des Moines Metro Opera
Music: Jonathan Dove
Libretto: April de Angelis
Performances: June 30, July 8, 10, 13, 2018
Venue: Blank Performing Arts Center, Indianola

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THE TENDER LAND (2018)

(c) Duane Tinkey for Des Moines Metro Opera
Music: Aaron Copland
Libretto: Horace Everett (Erik Johns)
Performances: July 5 and 8, 2018
Venue: Maytag Dairy Farms, Newton, Iowa

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DIE FLEDERMAUS (2018)

(c) Duane Tinkey for Des Moines Metro Opera
Music: Johann Strauss, Jr.
Libretto: Richard Genée, Carl Haffner
Performances: June 23, 24, 29, July 7, 12, 15, 2018
Venue: Blank Performing Arts Center, Indianola

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RUSALKA (2018)

(c) Duane Tinkey for Des Moines Metro Opera
Music: Antonín Dvoƙák
Libretto: Jaroslav Kvapil
Performances: June 22, July 1, 3, 6, 14, 2018
Venue: Blank Performing Arts Center, Indianola

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AS ONE (2017)

(c) Duane Tinkey for Des Moines Metro Opera
Music and concept: Laura Kaminsky 
Libretto: Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed
Film: Kimberly Reed
Performances: November 17, 18, 19 of 2017
Venue: Stoner Theater, Des Moines Civic Center

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BILLY BUDD (2017)

(c) Duane Tinkey for Des Moines Metro Opera
Music: Benjamin Britten 
Libretto: E. M. Forster & Eric Crozier
Performances: July 1, 9, 11, 14 of 2017
Venue: Pote Theatre, Blank Performing Arts Center

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A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC (2017)

(c) Duane Tinkey for Des Moines Metro Opera
Music and lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
Book: Hugh Wheeler
Performances: June 24, July 2, 5, 7, 15, 2017
Venue: Pote Theatre, Blank Performing Arts Center
This Houston Grand Opera production of A Little Night Music is an original production of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.


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TURANDOT (2017)

(c) Duane Tinkey for Des Moines Metro Opera
Music: Giacomo Puccini
Libretto: Renato Simoni and Giuseppe Adami
Performances: June 23, 25, 30, July 8, 13, 16, 2017
Venue: Pote Theatre, Blank Performing Arts Center

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MARÍA DE BUENOS AIRES (2017)

(c) Duane Tinkey for Des Moines Metro Opera
Music: Astor Piazzolla
Libretto: Horacio Ferrer
Performances: July 6, 13, 2017
Venue: Temple Theater, The Temple for Performing Arts

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SOLDIER SONGS (2017)

(c) Duane Tinkey for Des Moines Metro Opera
Music and libretto: David T. Little
Performances: January 27, 28, 29, 2017
Venue: Freedom Center Drill Hall, Camp Dodge

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