Postcards from Dayton

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Dayton Opera takes you on a musical tour of some of Dayton’s most iconic sites. Celebrated operatic soloists Caitlin Crabill, Minnita Daniel-Cox, Samuel Schlievert, Kenneth Shaw, Maya Vansuch, and the outstanding pianist John Benjamin perform traditional opera, new works, and stirring art song filmed on location at the Dayton Masonic Center, Woodland Cemetery, the Dayton Arcade, and the Mead Theatre in the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center. We are delighted to invite you to accompany us on this exciting and unique voyage of discovery of these historic locations.

Dayton Masonic Center
“Ebben? ne andrò lontana” from La Wally by Alfredo Catalani, libretto by Luigi Illica
First performed at La Scala, Milan, on January 20, 1892
Caitlin Crabill, soprano
John Benjamin, piano

Paul Laurence Dunbar Room, Woodland Cemetery
“The Awakening” from Paul Laurence Dunbar: Common Ground by Adolphus Hailstork, libretto by Herbert Woodward Martin, to a text by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Commissioned by Dayton Opera, world premiere February 10, 1995
Minnita Daniel-Cox, soprano
John Benjamin, piano

Wright Gravesite, Woodland Cemetery
“Katie’s Aria” from Finding Wright by Laura Kaminsky, libretto by Andrea Fellows Fineberg
Commissioned by Dayton Opera (will premiere in the 2021-2022 season)
Maya Vansuch, soprano
John Benjamin, piano

Finding Wright
Music by Laura Kaminsky; Libretto by Andrea Fellows Fineberg
Copyright (c) 2020 by Laura Kaminsky and Andrea Fellows Fineberg
All Rights Reserved. By permission of the publisher: Bill Holab Music

The Dayton Arcade
“Brindisi” from La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi, libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
First performed March 6, 1853 at La Fenice opera house in Venice, Italy
(Will be part of the 2020-2021 season)
Caitlin Crabill, soprano and Samuel Schlievert, tenor
John Benjamin, piano

The Mead Theatre in the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Center
“American Anthem” words and music by Gene Schee
First performed by Denyce Graves in 1998 for President Bill Clinton at the Smithsonian Institution and featured in THE WAR, the Ken Burns Emmy Award winning documentary about World War II
Kenneth Shaw, bass-baritone
John Benjamin, piano