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DMMO Campaign 2016

I think we ought to give Iowa another try, folks. Instead of quadrennial caucuses, join me in making Des Moines Metro Opera the first thing that comes to mind about the Hawkeye State. DMMO’s 44th festival season is sure to prove much more uplifting and formative than the unseemly antics around figuring out who may become the 44th president of the United States. (Grover Cleveland only counts once.)

It is companies like DMMO—not quarreling candidates—that make America great. I can hardly wait to go back for my second season as an Apprentice Artist.

Iowa Memories

I first met Michael Egel, DMMO’s General and Artistic Director, at the 2013 Central Region Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in Evanston, IL. Although nothing in that particular audition indicated I was any good at comedy, Michael invited me to DMMO the following summer as an Apprentice Artist, covering Raimbaud in Rossini’s Le comte Ory.

Going back to DMMO

This summer not only do I cover Monsieur de Brétigny in Massenet’s Manon, but I am also playing Salviati in the innovative 2nd Stages Series production of Glass’ Galileo Galilei.

Single tickets go on sale March 1. For more information, visit

Familiar Faces

Like so many high quality regional opera companies, DMMO is where one makes friends for life. I am that much more excited to be back with friends and colleagues from before Iowa was on the horizon.

At the risk of leaving someone out (contact me so I can add your name to this post):

Fellow 2013 Singer Apprentices at The Santa Fe Opera:

Joshua Conyers
Megan Marino
Christian Sanders

Classmates from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University:

Antonia Botti-Lodovico
Catheryne Shuman

From DMMO 2014:

Sydney Mancasola
Wayne Tigges

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