OPERA TALKS WITH TOM & FRIENDS
Our second installment of Opera Talks with Tom & Friends features Dayton Opera Artistic Director Tom Bankston and University of Dayton professor Dr. Samuel Dorf as they chat with soprano Kara Shay Thomson, who will perform in Dayton Opera’s next season production of Don Giovanni. Discussion topics include a look at Don Giovanni in the #MeToo era, how COVID-19 is impacting the opera world, and what inspires us now. Grab a cup of coffee and spend a half hour with Tom and friends! To hear the first installment of Opera Talks with Tom & Friends, click here.
FINAL PERFORMANCE BY 2019–2020 DAYTON OPERA ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE
Take an opera moment to listen to this beautiful performance given by Dayton Opera’s Artists-in-Residence during their final performance at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Oakwood on March 15, 2020. The video features:
Maya Vansuch, soprano
Annalise Dzwonczyk, mezzo-soprano
Benjamin Krumreig, tenor
Scott Ballantine, baritone
Elena Kholodova, piano
Join us in wishing these talented performers continued success in their opera careers!
DAYTON OPERA ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE AUDITION DURING QUARANTINE
Dayton Opera Artistic Director Tom Bankston shares one way, among many, that Dayton Opera is adjusting during this time of quarantine. Springtime at Dayton Opera is always reserved for young aspiring opera singers to audition for one of four Artist-in-Residence positions for the upcoming season. Though the format has definitely changed, these important auditions are successfully underway. The entire Dayton Opera staff continues to look forward to the future to the time when the show can and must go on here in Dayton.
OPERA – LIVE STREAM AND ON-DEMAND
Did you know that many opera companies are offering free live-streaming and on demand encores of past opera productions that you can experience from the comfort of your own home? For example, each night at 7:30pm, The Metropolitan Opera is offering a different encore presentation from their Live in HD series for free streaming, with each performance available for a period of 23 hours through the following day. You can access these live streams at the following link: https://www.metopera.org/.
For even more live stream and on demand performances from other North American opera companies , visit OPERA America’s webpage: https://www.operaamerica.org/Applications/Schedule/index.aspx
Dr. Samuel N. Dorf is an Associate Professor of Music at the University of Dayton. A musicologist and dance historian, he has written a compelling Public Musicology piece entitled “How to Talk about Opera at a Time of Crisis,” which was published on April 5, 2020 on Naxos Music International. We are grateful to be able to share his thoughts here with you. Click here to read this thought-provoking essay.
ANGEL BLUE IN CONVERSATION
Meet soprano Angel Blue as she recounts milestones in her journey to the world’s greatest stages. Sit back and tune in to this hour-long interview with Angel Blue by OPERA America President Mark Scorca, previously recorded on October 8, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at OPERA America’s National Opera Center in New York City. Angel Blue takes center stage at the Schuster Center this coming June 21 (rescheduled from March) for a much-anticipated Opera Star Recital!
KIDS MEET AN OPERA SINGER
Here’s another wonderful video from Angel Blue as she gives a quick opera tutorial to a few fantastic kids! A perfect video to share with young ones at home to give them a little insight into one of our favorite art forms!
RESOURCES FOR SCHOOL AT HOME
Each season, the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance’s Education Department creates resources to accompany our Young People’s Concerts and Middle and High School Concerts. As students, families, and educators adjust to a world where schoolwork takes place at home, we wanted to make these materials available for you for free to explore with your children. These lessons integrate music with topics from the Ohio Learning Standards in Social Studies, English Language Arts, History, and Music. Click here for more information.