Starry Night

In 1993, opera lovers Doris and John Salsbury established the Des Moines Metro Opera Foundation and spearheaded an endowment drive. Today, Des Moines Metro Opera’s (DMMO) annual operating budget-to-endowment ratio is the U.S. opera industry’s highest. DMMO will celebrate that impressive achievement and the 20-year-anniversary of the endowment May 3 at The Temple for Performing Arts. The gala, called “Written in the Stars,” will include a patron party, dinner and a live auction. A one-week stay at the St. Regis hotel in New York and a week’s stay at an apartment in Barcelona are auction highlights. An after-party, called “Club Opera” and hosted by DMMO and the Young Professionals Connection, will be at Americana Restaurant and Lounge. The cost of the gala is $150 per person; go to to purchase tickets or for more information.

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