Frequenly Asked Questions

Des Moines Metro Opera welcomes first time opera goers. If you are joining us for the first time or have attended numerous opera productions with us or elsewhere we hope these Frequently Asked Questions will help you prepare for your experience.

Where are the performances?

DMMO's Summer Festival mainstage performances are held at the Blank Performing Arts Center in Indianola, IA. The theater address is 513 North D Street. We suggest arriving at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the performance to avoid traffic.

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Where do I park?

Free parking is available in lots both south and north of the Blank Performing Arts Center and is accessible from North D Street, North E Street and Detroit Street.

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When should I arrive?

We suggest arriving about 30-45 minutes before the start of the opera, which will give you adequate time to park, visit our concessions and boutique, take a stroll on the grounds and enjoy reading some of the features in our handsome season program book - and, as performances begin promptly, it will help you avoid missing the start of the opera in case any unforeseen circumstances delay you.

If you plan to attend the Prelude Talk to learn more about that evening's performance, plan to arrive at least 60 minutes before the start of the opera. These talks occur 45 minutes before curtain (6:45pm for evening shows and 1:15pm for matinees) in room 202 on the second floor of the theatre lobby.

Is there an opera shuttle?

Yes! DMMO offers round-trip shuttle services from both Des Moines and Ames to the performance location for select performances.

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What if I’m late?

Patrons arriving after the performance starts will be seated at the discretion of the house manager. They will do their best to seat latecomers at an appropriate point in the opera. We do this to ensure that our audiences can enjoy the performances with minimum distraction during the opera.

What should I wear?

Above all, we want our guests to be comfortable during their time with us. Some of our ticket buyers enjoy dressing up in tuxes and evening gowns, while others prefer to stay casual in jeans and a sweater. Whether you prefer formal or casual, we guarantee you'll fit right in at DMMO!

Is the theater accessible?

Designated wheelchair accessible seating is available. Entrance to the theatrer from the south parking lot allows easiest access to the elevator. Please contact the Box Office at (515) 209-3257 or for more information.

Where should we stay while we’re in town?

With its proximity to the metro area, patrons attending the Summer Festival Season have the option to book their stay in Des Moines or nearby the theater in Indianola.

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What is Iowa weather like in the summer?

Summer temperatures range from the mid 60s to mid 90s or more, sometimes with high humidty. We encourage patrons to dress in layers for the theater to account for temperature variations.