Des Moines Metro Opera Announces Casting Updates

By Francisco Salazar

The Des Moines Metro Opera has announced casting updates and an additional performance for the company’s 2024 Festival Season.

The company noted that due to strong early ticket sales, there will be an additional performance of Damien Geter and Lila Palmer’s world premiere opera, “American Apollo.” The added performance will occur on Friday, July 19 at the Blank Performing Arts Center in Indianola, Iowa.

Additionally, the company announced that baritone Justin Austin, tenor William Burden and soprano Mary Dunleavy will perform the roles of Thomas Eugene McKeller, John Singer Sargent, and Isabella Stewart Gardner in “American Apollo.”

Meanwhile, tenor Duke Kim, bass-baritone Ashraf Sewailam and bass-baritone Vartan Gabrielian will star in “The Barber of Seville.”

For the “Pelléas & Mélisande,” bass-baritone Brandon Cedel will sing Golaud, while tenor Chad Shelton will sing Herod Antipas in “Salome.” Derrick Inouye will make his company debut as conductor for “Pelléas & Mélisande.” Lindy Hume, Shaun Patrick Tubbs, and Nathan Troup make their debuts as stage directors for “The Barber of Seville,” “American Apollo” and “Salome.”

The season runs June 28 through July 21, 2024.