July 8, 2018

Flight, the Title Role of Refugee – Des Moines Metro Opera

Blank Performing Arts Center
Indianola, IA

Jonathan Dove’s breakthrough work, Flight, was commissioned by Glyndebourne and premiered in 1998. With a libretto by leading British playwright April de Angelis, the opera has both laugh-out-loud and touching moments as the story of the refugee who lives in the airport—inspired by the true-life story of an Iranian refugee who lived at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris for 18 years—unfolds around the different characters who find themselves delayed in the terminal. The question was whether Dove could create a “Marriage of Figaro” for the today. And the answer was a superb original modern-day operatic comedy which has found universal popularity, with many different productions and over 85 performances to date across the world. This production will feature director Kristine McIntyre and Marshall and Judy Flapan Music Director and Principal Conductor David Neely, as well as the debut of countertenor John Holiday as the Refugee.


Date: July 8, 2018
Des Moines Metro Opera