Dayton Opera

For the 2019–2020 Titans Season, Dayton Opera Artistic Director Thomas Bankston has programmed an array of productions, from classical, beloved masterworks to a trip back in time to the beginnings of the opera art form, to a recital that spotlights one of today's internationally-acclaimed vocal artists.

The Season Opening Spectacular, produced as a stunning collaboration with Dayton Ballet and Dayton Philharmonic, officially opens the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance in September 2019. The forces of these three magnificent art forms join to present Haydn's Creation in a bold, groundbreaking style.

Fully staged productions of Puccini's beautiful La Bohème and Rossini's sparkling La Cenerentola (Cinderella) follow in November and February/March. Then, in late March, Dayton Opera presents a shining Star Recital with singer Angel Blue. The season closes with a trip back in time to explore the ornate arias and colorful style of the Baroque period of music.

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.