Michael Egel, the artistic director of Des Moines Metro Opera for three years, has been named general and artistic director for the opera. As such Egel, who's been with the opera company for 20 years, becomes its CEO."We expect the new structure with Michael Egel as general and artistic director will ensure Des Moines Metro Opera continues to produce world-class opera and continues to raise the cultural value of our community," said E.C. Muelhaupt, president of the opera's board of directors.