Des Moines Metro Opera appoints Allen Perriello as artistic administration director


Des Moines Metro Opera announced today that Allen Perriello has been appointed to the role of director of artistic administration for the company effective February 16. He returns to DMMO after working with the company’s music team from 2011 to 2016. For DMMO, Perriello will work closely with General and Artistic Director Linda Koehn Michael Egel, Music Director and Principal Conductor David Neely and Apprentice Artist Lisa Hasson Program Director Irene Graether to plan and oversee a myriad of intricate artistic and logistical details related to the summer festival season, 2nd stage series productions and community programming. “Allen comes to the company at a time of tremendous growth. Adding an experienced leader like this to our staff is a clear signal that we are continuing to build on this momentum. I am delighted to welcome him back into this expanded capacity. Said Egel.

Most recently, Allen was the Chief Music Officer at the Minnesota Opera House, overseeing the musical preparation of productions, performance of musical activities and the Artist-in-Residence program. Simultaneously, he was the Young Artist Program Director at the Glimmerglass Festival, overseeing auditions, hiring, casting and mentoring of young artists each season. “I am delighted to return to Des Moines Metro Opera in this new role, especially as the Company is celebrating its 50th anniversary. I look forward to being a part of DMMOthe next chapter, as we continually strive to make a positive impact in and with our art form, both locally and globally, ”said Perriello.

Highlights of his tenure at the Minnesota Opera include the 2018 cover production of Puts / Campbell’s Silent Night (recently released by Naxos Records), the development of the premieres of Puckett / Simonson’s The Fix, and Prestini’s Edward Tulane. / Campbell, and a concert of scenes from operas premiered at the Minnesota Opera, performed with members of the Artist-in-Residence Program at the National Opera Center. Previously, Allen was Chief Music Officer and Director of the Marion Roose Pullin Arizona Opera Studio at the Arizona Opera for five seasons. A graduate of the Merola Opera Program and the Adler Fellowship at San Francisco Opera, Allen was a member of the musical team at Pittsburgh Opera, Seattle Opera, and Boston Lyrical Opera.

Allen Perriello is a highly regarded pianist, vocal coach, administrator and educator and has performed in recital with a wide variety of singers, including Joélle Harvey, Daveda Karanas, Daniela Mack, Efraín Solís, David Portillo, Alek Shrader, Heidi Stober and Laura. Strickling, for organizations such as Carnegie Hall as part of the Great Singers: Evenings of Song series, Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago, Cincinnati Song Initiative, Tucson Desert Song Festival, and the San Francisco Opera’s Schwabacher Debut Recital series.

Allen serves as a mentor through the Utopia Arts Mentorship Program. This season, he looks forward to engagements at Carnegie Mellon University, Michigan State University and William Jewell College. He has conducted workshops and performance classes at Arizona State University, Baylor University, Lee University, New England Conservatory, Peabody Conservatory, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Temple University, The University of Arizona, The University of Texas at Austin and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a regular judge at the Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition.

Perriello holds an MA in Collaborative Piano from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a BA in Piano Performance and Music Education from Ithaca College.


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