Iowa Public Television Premieres Des Moines Metro Opera Presents Manon

Posted: September 13, 2016

Johnston, IA – Set in the lavish world of 18th century France, virtue and corruption collide in this Iowa Public Television exclusive production. Des Moines Metro Opera Presents Manon will premiere Friday, September 30 at 8:30 p.m. on statewide Iowa Public Television.

Des Moines Metro Opera Presents Manon is a stunning re-working of a rarely performed masterpiece. The choice between young love and the allure of life’s temptations leads to a descent from innocence to desperation. The opera tells the story of the young, beautiful and impulsive Manon.

“She (Manon) is just like the Paris that created her,” said Stage Director Kristine McIntyre, “glittering, full of life and on the brink of destruction.”

The role of Manon is one of the greatest lures for opera singers. Sydney Mancasola returns to Des Moines Metro Opera (DMMO) in the title role. Also returning is Joseph Dennis as Manon’s love interest, Chevalier des Grieux.

IPTV’s coverage includes behind-the-scenes stories with the creators and performers dedicated to making this new production of “Manon” a glorious love story with modern vibrancy. Interviews include DMMO General and Artistic Director Michael Egel, Conductor David Neely, Stage Director Kristine McIntyre and principal cast members.

“In our production, the drama and the music making goes so beautifully hand-in-hand that it creates an unforgettable experience,” said Egel.

“Manon” is performed in five acts and sung in French with English supertitles.

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