Experience the opera
Area residents of Washington, Iowa will have the chance to see one of Iowa’s premier performing arts organizations when OPERA Iowa, Des Moines Metro Opera’s educational touring troupe, arrives on Friday, April 7, to present a two-hour version of Rossini’s comedic masterpiece, The Barber of Seville (sung in English), at 7:30 p.m. at the Washington Area Performing Arts and Events Center.
The performance is being sponsored by the Washington Area Performing Arts and many other underwriting organizations. To purchase reserve seat tickets patrons can buy them on line at “Washington.Auditorium.org” or at the Washington Chamber of Commerce Office. Tickets will also be available at the door one hour before the performance. And to enjoy a delicious three-course Café Dodici lasagna meal before the show patrons can call 319-653-4012 by Wednesday, April 5th to make their reservation. The special dinner will precede the Friday night show and will be presented in the high school commons. Serving will begin at 6 p.m. There is a fee for dinner.
Over the past 30 years, the OPERA Iowa Educational Touring Troupe has performed in 10 states throughout the region and even in Japan and China, spreading the joy of opera to over 825,000 students and adults. OPERA Iowa is an Education Division program of Des Moines Metro Opera, which is located in Indianola, Iowa, just south of Des Moines.
In addition to Opera Iowa’s public performance on Friday night, the troupe is also bringing special experiences for the students in our school system. On Friday, April 7, Washington elementary students will be treated to an operatic performance of “Jack and the Beanstalk” by John Davies. This 40 –minute opera for children is being performed by members of Opera Iowa and it is based on the beloved fairy tale of the title and with music drawn from the famous works of Gilbert and Sullivan.