I’m privileged to speak with arts fans just like you almost every day and I’m always left with an overwhelming common impression. Passion. The intense zeal that our patrons feel for the great art form of opera is the spark that stokes our collective imagination here at your Dayton Opera.
Passion for sustaining our art form is what led us to explore, and create, a groundbreaking new merger with our fellow Dayton arts organizations: the Ballet and the Philharmonic. Together, we are now the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance - the first such enterprise in the nation.
This means that all three art forms are empowered to provide better and more innovative experiences to the good people of this fine community we all share.
Some immediate results have been seen right away in the 2012-2013 Season. Of course, we featured the full range of fantastic singers you’ve come to expect. Our new alliance provided the added dimension of larger orchestral forces as in our production The Glory of Wagner. The full, glorious sound that this Romantic master imagined was in full evidence in this past February's performances.
Our April's triumph was a production of Mozart's escapade, The Marriage of Figaro. I can't remember when we've had a cast that exhibited more joie de vivre on stage.
We topped off the season with a Mother's Day tribute to the music of the timeless Kate Smith. We salute Stephanie Blythe and Craig Terry for a terrific performance.