Valley Students Perform in Second Annual “Opera Project DSM” Production

The Valley High School Performing Arts Department is partnering with The Opera Project DSM for the second year in a row for a production of Pietro Mascagni’s “Cavalleria rusticana.” The West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) will host the performances in the Staplin Performing Arts Center, 3650 Woodland Ave., West Des Moines. There will be performances at 8 p.m. on Jan. 21 and 3 p.m. on Jan. 22. Both performances are open to the public and free of charge.

Adapted from Giovanni Verga’s play of the same name, the tragic “Cavalleria rusticana” was an instant success after it won the 1890 competition for which it was composed. This production features the Valley High School Chamber Orchestra, students from the Valley High School Symphony Band, and students from the Valley High School vocal music program. The students had the opportunity to work with local college and community singers and 11 professional musicians, including the featured artist, soprano Kristin Sampson. Valley High School Orchestra Director Phil Peters directed the Valley students during their rehearsals and will also take part in the production.

“Collaborating with The Opera Project DSM is a great way to bring the experience of opera to our students and our community,” Peters said. “Opera is challenging on a musical level and a dramatic level. Accompanying an opera requires a constant level of attention.”

World-renowned conductor and The Opera Project DSM co-founder Maestro Stefano Vignati will conduct and direct this production of “Cavalleria rusticana.” The artistic director is local vocal instructor and The Opera Project DSM co-founder Gloria Olson.

Please join Valley High School’s Performing Arts Department for The Opera Project DSM’s production of “Cavalleria rusticana.”

Learn more on The Opera Project DSM Facebook Page.