Des Moines Metro Opera Announces Cast Change for ‘Pelléas & Mélisande’

By Francisco Salazar

The Des Moines Metro Opera has announced a cast change for Debussy’s “Pelléas & Mélisande.”

The company said that baritone Edward Nelson will perform the role of Pelléas in all four performances, replacing John Moore who has withdrawn from the production for personal reasons.

In a statement, Michael Egel, the Linda Koehn General & Artistic Director of Des Moines Metro Opera said, “All of us at DMMO join me in wishing John well. As a homegrown artist who has achieved success around the globe, we look forward to welcoming him back to the company in the future. We also look forward to welcoming Edward Nelson to the company for his debut with us. It is a fortunate stroke of luck that such an accomplished artist who has had success with this demanding role is available and willing to join us on short notice.”

Nelson is an American baritone who won the 2020 Glyndebourne Opera Cup and has performed at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, The Metropolitan Opera, the Teatro Real, Semperoper Dresden, and Washington National Opera, among others.

He joined a cast that includes soprano Sydney Mancasola as Mélisande, bass-baritone Brandon Cedel as Golaud, bass-baritone Matt Boehler as Arkel, mezzo-soprano Catherine Martin as Geneviève, Benjamin Bjorklund as Yniold and bass Alan Williams as the Physician.

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“Pelléas & Mélisande” will be performed from July 6 to July 21, 2024.