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Des Moines Metro Opera Festival's New Season



The highly anticipated Des Moines Metro Opera Festival has just announced its exciting lineup for the 2024 season. Set to take place at the Pote Theatre in the Blank Performing Arts Center, located in Indianola, Iowa, this festival promises to captivate audiences with its diverse range of productions.


First on the program is Rossini's beloved classic, "The Barber of Seville," featuring the talented baritone Alexander Birch Elliott in the role of Figaro. Tenor Duke Kim will be making his mainstage debut as Count Almaviva. The production will be conducted by Gary Thor Wedow, and it marks Lindy Hume's company debut as the director. Audiences can catch this delightful opera on June 28, 30, July 5, 14, 16, and 20, 2024.


Following closely is Nathan Troup's new production of Richard Strauss's masterpiece, "Salome." Soprano Sara Gartland will make her role debut in the lead role, guided by Principal Conductor David Neely. This captivating opera will be showcased on June 29, July 7, 13, and 19, 2024.

The festival continues with the highly anticipated company premiere of Claude Debussy's ethereal opera, "Pelléas et Mélisande." Baritone John Moore will make his role debut as Pelléas, while soprano Sydney Mancasola takes on the role of Mélisande. Bass-baritone Brandon Cedel will make his company debut as Golaud. The production will be conducted by Derrick Inouye and directed by Chas Rader-Shieber. Don't miss this enchanting performance on July 6, 12, 17, and 21, 2024.


Adding to the excitement, Des Moines Metro Opera will present the full-length world premiere of "American Apollo" by Damien Geter and Lila Palmer. This original production features an exceptional cast including baritone Justin Austin, tenor William Burden, and soprano Mary Dunleavy. The musical direction will be led by David Neely, accompanied by stage director Shaun Patrick Tubbs, who makes his company debut. Mark your calendars for July 13 and 18, 2024, to witness this groundbreaking premiere.


With a lineup encompassing classic works and world premieres, the Des Moines Metro Opera Festival 2024 is set to offer a memorable and diverse experience for opera enthusiasts and newcomers alike. Don't miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in the magic of these extraordinary performances in the heart of Iowa.

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