Metro Opera’s Summer Season Kicks Off This Weekend

Des Moines Metro Opera’s “Sweeney Todd: The Demon of Barber Street” will debut at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Blank Performing Arts Center in Indianola. Photo: Des Moines Metro Opera

The Des Moines Metro Opera summer season begins this weekend, featuring the first in-person performances in a year. “Sweeney Todd: The Demon of Barber Street” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday, followed by “The Queen of Spades” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, at Blank Performing Arts Center in Indianola.

The calendar extends through July and includes “Platee” (debuting at 8 p.m. on July 10), plus “Fellow Travelers” (July 17 at Hoyt Sherman Place) as part of DMMO’s 2nd Stages Series. In addition, the company will present “The John Holiday Experience,” starring countertenor John Holiday, at 7:30 p.m. on July 11 at Drake University’s Sheslow Auditorium. Also featured are three Opera Under the Stars shows, with “Sweeney Todd” (8 p.m. July 9), “Platee” (8 p.m. July 10) and “The Queen of Spades” (8 p.m. July 13) on the east lawn of the Blank Performing Arts Center.  

DMMO has had quite a year so far. In April, the organization announced it was commissioning a $1 million opera, “A Thousand Acres,” based on the 1991 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. It will p
remiere on July 9, 2022, as part of the company’s 50th anniversary celebration. (Read more about “A Thousand Acres” in this dsm story.) And on June 11, local philanthropists Nix and Virginia Lauridsen announced a $2 million gift to support the production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” which will kick off the organization’s 50th anniversary season in 2022.

Find more information, including how to obtain tickets for the 2021 summer festival, on the DMMO website.

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