News & Press Releases

To request additional materials or if you have any questions, please contact Scott Arens, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, at sarens@dmmo.org.

Blog

Des Moines Metro Opera Announces $2 Million Gift in support of The Magic Flute and 50th Anniversary

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Indianola, IA — Des Moines Metro Opera (DMMO) today announced a $2 million leadership gift from Des Moines-based philanthropists Nix and Virginia Lauridsen in support of a ground-breaking production of Mozart’s The...

Read more

Des Moines Metro Opera Receives $1 Million Gift from Frank R. Brownell III

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Des Moines Metro Opera Receives $1 Million Gift from Frank R. Brownell III The Company’s acclaimed 47-year-old young artist training program will become the Frank R. Brownell III Apprentice Artist ProgramIndianola, IA — Des...

Read more

DMMO receives $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for OPERA Iowa Initiative

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Des Moines Metro Opera Receives $20,000 Grant From the National Endowment for the Arts for OPERA Iowa Initiative INDIANOLA, IA – Des Moines Metro Opera was named one of three Iowa...

Read more

DMMO announces world premiere opera and $1.5 million gift

Thursday, April 29, 2021

April 29, 2021 Contact: Scott Arens, Director of Marketing and Public Relations (515) 209-3255 | sarens@dmmo.org Des Moines Metro Opera Announces World Premiere Opera and Leadership Gift of $1.5 Million Indianola, IA — On July 9, 2022, Des Moines Metro Opera (DMMO) will add...

Read more

DMMO announces repertory and safety protocols for 2021 Festival Season

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Des Moines Metro Opera Announces Repertory and Safety Measures for 2021 Summer Festival Indianola, IA — Des Moines Metro Opera (DMMO) has unveiled the repertory for its 2021...

Read more

Platée Casting Updates

Monday, April 5, 2021

Des Moines Metro Opera Announces Cast Updates for Rameau's Platée Indianola, IA — Des Moines Metro Opera (DMMO) today announced casting updates for the company’s upcoming...

Read more

Des Moines Metro Opera Announces Passing of Founder Robert L. Larsen

Monday, March 22, 2021

Des Moines Metro Opera Announces Passing of Founder Robert L. Larsen Indianola, IA —Des Moines Metro Opera’s General & Artistic Director, Michael Egel, today announced the passing of the...

Read more

DMMO presents Zachary James on Broadway on March 19

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Des Moines Metro Opera Presents Zachary James on Broadway on March 19 INDIANOLA, IA — Des Moines Metro Opera’s (DMMO) Virtual Concert Series continues next month with Zachary James on Broadway, which premieres...

Read more

DMMO's Anniversary Projects Director, Ellen Diehl, to Retire January 31

Friday, January 22, 2021

Pictured: Ellen Diehl and Michael Egel at the Lauridsen Opera CenterIndianola, IA —Des Moines Metro Opera’s General and Artistic Director, Michael Egel, announced...

Read more

"Des Moines Metro Opera presents Bon Appétit!" receives Upper Midwest Emmy

Thursday, November 19, 2020

UPDATE: "Des Moines Metro Opera presents Bon Appétit!" has won the 2020 Upper Midwest Regional Emmy! At their awards ceremony on Saturday, November 14th, Iowa PBS's broadcast was announced...

Read more

Des Moines Metro Opera Announces 2021 Summer Festival Repertory

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Indianola, IA – Des Moines Metro Opera’s General and Artistic Director, Michael Egel, announced today the repertory for the organization’s 2021 Summer Festival, which will run July 2 through July 25, 2021. After an overwhelming response...

Read more