For the 2018–2019 Vistas Season, Dayton Opera Artistic Director Thomas Bankston has selected the perfect combination of works that highlight opera in the different forms it can take on stage as the season expands from four to five programs.

The Season Opening Spectacular, produced as a stunning collaboration with Dayton Ballet and Dayton Philharmonic, officially opens the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance in September 2018. The forces of these three magnificent art forms join to present Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in a bold, groundbreaking style.

Fully staged productions of Verdi’s heart-wrenching drama Rigoletto and Gilbert and Sullivan’s rollicking comedy The Pirates of Penzance follow in November and March. Then, in late March, Dayton Opera presents a sparkling Star Recital with singer Ryan Speedo Green, whose rise from tenements to the Metropolitan Opera Stage is both amazing and uplifting. A semi-staged presentation of Strauss’s earth-shattering Salome brings the opera season to a thunderous close in May.

Thomas Bankston
Artistic Director, Dayton Opera

Thomas Bankston

Thomas Bankston has been providing artistic leadership for Dayton Opera since 1996. From 1996 to 2001, his wide-ranging knowledge of the field of opera was shared between Dayton Opera and Cincinnati Opera. With the 2001–2002 season, he assumed the position of Artistic Director for Dayton Opera on a full-time basis, and in 2004, he was named General & Artistic Director of Dayton Opera. With responsibility for the selection of artists, creative and production staffs, season productions, and repertory for Dayton Opera, he brings to that position his many years of expertise in the field of opera, ranging from his experience as a singer to his varied and extensive experience as an arts administrator.