Des Moines Metro Opera is a major American summer opera festival and is the state’s largest performing arts organization, annually producing over 100 performances in the metro area and around the region. The company’s summer festival season runs from May through July of each year during which three operas are performed in repertory for 15 mainstage performances. The summer festival season takes place in the intimate 467-seat Pote Theater at the Blank Center for the Performing Arts in Indianola, Iowa.
Unique among local arts organizations and national opera companies, the company’s programming encompasses a distinctive mix of styles from five centuries of composition, presented in original productions that transport audiences to the intersection of art and ideas. Utilizing a spectacular array of professional talent assembled from over 1,000 national applicants, we demonstrate that opera is a contemporary and creative art form. Whether it’s a classic reimagined for the 21st century or a contemporary work, the company’s programming commitment offers high quality productions in one of America’s most unique and intimate theatres.
DMMO enlarges experiences through curated series of concerts, lectures, art shows, film screenings and unique performance collaborations such as those in our 2nd Stages Series. We cultivate the next generation of musicians and music lovers through programs like the Apprentice Artist and the OPERA Iowa Programs. The company has earned a reputation for quality and a loyalty that annually draws audience members from 40 states, 68 Iowa counties, four foreign countries and every zip code in the metro. DMMO believes that an entirely professional theatrical organization should be a cornerstone of our growing region and we serve that need.