Simon Estes is one of the most renowned names in Iowa music and will be honored on the national stage.
Simon Estes, Iowa native and world-renowned opera star, will be inducted as a part of the inaugural OPERA America Hall of Fame class in New York City. He’ll be honored in a ceremony in early 2021. The class is made up of 10 people out of 199 nominations.
Estes is a visiting professor of music at Des Moines Area Community College and has a building named after him at Iowa State University, Simon Estes Music Hall. We’ve profiled Estes in our sister publication, dsm magazine. Here’s his 2018 profile for the annual Sages Over 70 awards and a first-person story of his life. We also recently profiled his fight to end hunger in Iowa.