Zachary James, Sydney Mancasola & Laura Wilde Highlight Des Moines Metro Opera’s Virtual FestivalBy Francisco Salazar
The Des Moines Metro Opera has announced a Virtual Festival.
After the company announced it was canceling the 2020 edition due to the coronavirus pandemic, Des Moines Metro Opera revealed that it would show performances from previous festivals.
The virtual festival kicks off with Massenet’s “Manon” starring Sydney Mancasola in the title role, Joseph Dennis, and Michael Adams. David Neely conducts the performance from July 5, 2016.
Streaming Date: June 28, 2020
Joyce Castle and Elden Little will headline a 2019 performance of “Bon Apetit” by Lee Hoiby.
Performance Date: June 28, 2020
Streaming Date: July 5, 2020
Britten’s “Billy Budd” will also be streamed with a cast that includes Craig Verm, Roger Honeywell, Zachary James, Dennis Jesse, Federico de Michelis, Kristopher Irmiter, Thomas Hammons, and Michael Adams. David Neely conducts the performance from July 11, 2017.
Streaming Date: July 12, 2020
The festival concludes with Rossini’s “Le Comte Ory” in a performance from July 15, 2014. The cast includes Taylor Stayton, Sydney Mancasola, Stephanie Lauricella, and Steven LaBrie. Dean Williamson conducts.
Streaming Date: July 19, 2020
All performances will be streamed on IowaPBS.org or broadcast via television for Iowa audiences