While each of the composers featured on the Dayton Opera 2017–2018 Season hails from the great land of Italy, it would be hard to imagine a greater variety of opera experiences on one season! The season opens with a staged and choreographed dramatization of Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem, often referred to as his "greatest opera." To the four magnificent Dayton Opera soloists, the Dayton Opera and Philharmonic Choruses, and the full forces of the Dayton Philharmonic, we add a new dimension with dramatic stage lighting, vivid projections, and the full Dayton Ballet company. October brings Menotti's gripping opera The Consul to our stage for the first time ever. First performed on Broadway in 1950, this Pulitzer Prize–winning work communicates a theme of the state versus the individual that resonates even today. Rossini's sparkling comedy The Barber of Seville cavorts across across the stage in March, and the season concludes in May with opera on a truly grand scale in Puccini's magnificent Turandot. Come hear "Nessun dorma" in its original setting!
Artistic Director, Dayton Opera
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.