Dayton Opera

For the 2020–2021 Celebrate Season, Dayton Opera Artistic Director Thomas Bankston has programmed an array of productions from beloved classical masterworks, to a recital that spotlights one of today's internationally acclaimed vocal artists, to an exciting world premiere inspired by the history of the Gem City.

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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.