For over 31 years OPERA Iowa has created magic in rural schools, city classrooms, cafetoriums, community centers, concert halls and gymnasiums, offering over 850,000 young people and adults a quality arts experience today while building new enthusiastic opera audiences for tomorrow. As the state's largest and most expansive program in arts education and one of the most innovative programs of its kind, Des Moines Metro Opera's 12-week award-winning, regional arts education tour features comprehensive study guides, curriculum-based workshops, masterclasses as well as live musical performances designed specifically for young people and families. The eight-member OPERA Iowa Troupe features young professionals from across the country who are commited to inspiring their audiences through quality, live theatrical experiences.

Contact Sam Carroll at scarroll@dmmo.org or 515-961-6221 to book an OPERA Iowa performance in your community! 

Jack and the Beanstalk

by John Davies

Utilizing great music from the operettas of Sir Arthur Sullivan, this 45-minute version of Jack and the Beanstalk teaches us that consideration for others requires people large and small to treat others as they would want to be treated! OPERA Iowa comes directly to your school with sets, lights, costumes, professional opera singers and a pianist. Participating schools receive an extensive TeacherPac to prepare for the performance, which includes supplemental activities for further study. Also included are classroom workshops and performance introductions led by our troupe members just prior to the performance. All materials are designed to meet NASE standards. Jack and the Beanstalk residencies can be reserved in half-day segments.

School residency of Jack and the Beanstalk$595
School residency of Jack and the Beanstalk + evening concert of The Barber of Seville$1,900

Contact scarroll@dmmo.org to book today!

The Barber of Seville

by Gioachino Rossini


Disguises and false identities abound as men, young and old, vie for the hand of the beautiful Rosina in one of the funniest, most familiar, and energetic operas ever composed! Rossini’s delightful romp centers on “Figaro, Figaro, Figaro,” a scheming barber and jack-of-all-trades. From the first notes of the world’s famous overture to the final curtain, your toes will be tapping! This popular comedy is available for community performances across our state and region. The performance is sung in English and lasts about 110 minutes.

Evening concert of The Barber of Seville$1,595
Evening concert of The Barber of Seville + school residency of Jack and the Beanstalk$1,900

Contact scarroll@dmmo.org to book today!


For high school students we are pleased to offer a Masterclass. Your students can benefit from vocal tips and insights from the OPERA Iowa singers and music coach in this workshop—a must-have for contest season! Note: A pianist is provided.

Masterclasses: $250

Contact scarroll@dmmo.org to book a Masterclass today!