Opera 2021

Des Moines Metro Opera Announces 2021 Summer Festival Repertory Wednesday, October 14, 2020 Indianola, IA – Des Moines Metro Opera’s General and Artistic Director, Michael Egel, announced today the repertory for the organization’s 2021 Summer Festival, which will run July 2 through July 25, 2021. Through the drizzle at Austin's Circuit of the Americas, the opera must go on. Austin Opera powered through Puccini's 'Tosca' at COTA in a drizzle and will offer all ticketholders an HD recording of one of the performances. Get a faster, better browser. Opera's free VPN, Ad Blocker, integrated messengers and private mode help you browse securely and smoothly. Share files instantly between your desktop and mobile browsers and experience web 3.0 with a free cryptowallet.

Opera 2021-2022
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We are pleased to announce that we have partnered with The Hudson Gardens & Event Center to host our 2021 Festival in their beautiful outdoor amphitheater. While our mainstage productions of Carousel and Rigoletto will be open-air, socially-distanced performances at Hudson Gardens, we will still be present in Central City this summer. Our company members will reside and rehearse in Central City. We will present Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in the Central City Opera House Gardens. Additional outdoor performances have also been planned in Central City, including the return of our popular Al Fresco concert series.

Visit our FAQ page for more information about changes to the 2021 Festival including health and safety details.

All performances of Dido and Aeneas are currently sold out. If more tickets become available, we will update the website.


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Opera Previews

Get a season preview at these concerts featuring excerpts from the Festival

Opening Dinners


Opera 2021 Short Film

Join us for dinner to celebrate the opening performances for our mainstage productions

Family Matinee

Ohio Light Opera 2021

Nina Odescalchi Kelly Family Matinee is a kid-friendly show followed by a meet & greet

CCO Al Fresco

The music continues in Central City with outdoor concerts featuring CCO artists


Opera 2021-2022

Opera 2021

A variety of parking options are available in Central City and at Hudson Gardens for the 2021 Festival


Free post-performance talks with the cast and creative team after select performances

Opera Bus

Enjoy the scenic ride on an air-conditioned bus to and from the venue

Opera 2021 Animated Short

Opera Inside Out

Opera 2021 Calendar

Behind-the-scenes tour of the Opera House featuring details of the current production