Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street was the rage of Broadway when it premiered, winning eight Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Original Score. In the years since, it has migrated to the world’s opera houses, thanks to its thrilling score - full of magnificent solos and sophisticated ensembles - and its larger-than-life characters.
After 15 long years, Sweeney Todd returns from wrongful exile and reopens his barber shop on Fleet Street in London. Together with the quirky, down-on-her-luck piemaker Mrs. Lovett, they cook up a plan that is both good for business and for vengeance. This musical thriller is a razor-sharp masterpiece that delves into the pitfalls of revenge, and will leave spines tingling long after its dramatic conclusion.
Exactly 25 seasons ago, Des Moines Metro Opera was on the vanguard of opera companies presenting this intriguing musical thriller as part of the 1995 Festival Season. This new production will be led by the Marshall and Judy Flapan Principal Conductor and Music Director David Neely and stage director Kristine McIntyre. Baritone Zachary Nelson and mezzo-soprano Lucy Schaufer make DMMO debuts as Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett, respectively.