The Second Annual “Arias in Newton” concert will be held on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church at 220 N. Second Ave. E. in Newton. The concert is part of the programming for the Grinnell-Marshalltown-Newton-Pella Chapter of Des Moines Metro Opera’s Guild Chapters.
The concert will consist of arias and ensemble pieces performed by the OPERA Iowa Educational Touring Troupe, a five-singer troupe of young professional artists, selected from more than one thousand national auditions, that acts as the educational arm of Des Moines Metro Opera. The troupe is currently in the middle of a ten-week tour around the state and parts of Missouri performing in schools and community concert venues.
“Arias in Newton” is part of their performance schedule and they will perform selections from Puccini, Mozart and other luminaries of the operatic repertory, with highlights from some of opera’s most popular pieces like “La Bohème” and “Carmen.” General tickets are $15, $10 for Guild members and $5 for students. Proceeds will support the Grinnell-Marshalltown-Newton-Pella Opera Guild.
This year’s Des Moines Metro Opera Season will run from June 21 through July 14 at the Blank Performing Arts Center in Indianola. Featured will be Gounod’s “Romeo and Juliet,” Britten’s “Peter Grimes” and Strauss’ “Elektra.” For more information, go to www.desmoinesmetroopera.org.