Judy from Taylorville, IL
Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 07/13/14 - 07/19/14
This outstanding program has many annual attendees. The Behind the Scenes classes presented by Dr. Patterson are fascinating due to his knowledge, talent, and experience. He answers questions during discussions, hosts guest speakers, and enhances our enjoyment of the operas because of his preparations and follow-up discussions. He and the other planners exceed expectations to make this opera week the superior event it is. An additional opera during this Des Moines Metro Opera week has tickets for sale. Free performances include a chamber music concert, The Stars of Tomorrow Concert and reception, an apprentice program, and still more activities with variations from year to year. An added pleasure this year was a tea featuring Dr. Patterson playing his compositions as he accompanied singers. He shared valuable information before performing, and the afternoon added much to our total experience. A lovely farewell dinner is an annual delight. This program always offers immense pleasure and leaves its participants looking forward to returning. The opera nights include pre-discussions, and the on-stage performances are magnificent on the unusual stage. New seats are comfortable, and there is handicapped accessibility. Having attended this opera program six consecutive years, I find it always offers additional knowledge, food for thought, and intrigue.