The Des Moines Metro Opera heralds in Iowa Public Radio’s 2016 Opera in October series with performances from their 44th Festival Season. IPR’s first DMMO broadcast features Verdi’s Falstaff on Saturday, October 1st at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 2nd at 3:00 p.m.
Verdi’s comedic Falstaff revolves around the thwarted efforts of the robust knight Sir John Falstaff to seduce two married women in order to gain access to the wealth of their husbands. The opera is based on Shakespeare’s plays The Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry IV. Internationally-renowned bass-baritone and Dubuque native Wayne Tigges takes on the scalawag title role of Sir John Falstaff with Jack Swanson as Fenton, Chris Carr as Dr. Caius, and Ryan Connelly as Bardolfo. The DMMO’s Music Director and principal conductor, David Neely, filled the role of Falstaff’s Music Director, and Tomer Zvulun served as Stage Director.