Opera in Indianola: Behind the Scenes & Two Professional Mainstage Performances
Enjoy an in-depth look at the Des Moines Metro Opera as you attend two performances, see an apprentice concert, visit backstage and learn what it takes to put on a world-class show!
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Program No. 20661RJ
7 days
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At a Glance

Since its founding in 1973, Des Moines Metro Opera (DMMO) has grown to become one of the most respected performing arts organizations in the nation: a progressive company with a national reputation for excellence, diversity and vitality. Attend two mainstage DMMO productions on the Simpson College campus and go behind-the scenes to learn how the magic happens through interactive sessions with professional opera singers, conductors, stage directors, technicians, stage combat coaches and make-up artists. Guest appearances and surprises from the opera company are "routine" in this Road Scholar program!
Activity Level
Minimal walking and standing on this program.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Enjoy prime seating for mainstage performance of Gluck's "Orphee Et Eurydice" and Verdi's "Falstaff."
  • Attend an Apprentice Artist concert and reception, a Chamber Music concert and have a special opportunity to mix and mingle with apprentices, coaches and stars.
  • Observe rehearsals (as available) and visit backstage to get first hand experience of how performances are crafted and polished.
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Michael Patterson
Dr. Michael Patterson is a graduate of Simpson College in Piano Performance and Music Education, with a Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Oklahoma. He has taught music education at Fort Hays University and served as an adjudicator in northwest Kansas state and regional piano contests and clinics. Dr. Patterson has taught piano for 20 years, worked for 40 seasons with the Des Moines Metro Opera and has served for 25 years as an instructor for the Road Scholar program.
Michael Patterson