DMMO 2016 Galileo Galilei 2nd Stages poster

Des Moines Metro Opera advertises its 2nd Stages Series as “operatic presentations in unorthodox spaces.” How fitting that this year’s production of Galileo Galilei, an avant-garde opera by Philip Glass about the visionary’s trial under Pope Paul V (1552–1621), take place at the Science Center of Iowa.

One thing I love about performing newer music is that I often have a personal connection to the piece. Mark Crayton, one of my professors at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, was the first Cardinal/Inquisitor/Oracle in the 2002 world premiere. I am looking forward to making Mark proud and sharing new memories about this piece.

Look for more thoughts and reflections from sharing the message in the music.

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

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