Postcards from Dayton

October 16, 2020, 8:00 pm

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Following DPAA’s groundbreaking A Celebration from Carillon Historical Park, Dayton Opera takes you on a musical tour of some of Dayton’s most historic sites. Celebrated operatic soloists Caitlin Crabill, Minnita Daniel-Cox, Samuel Schlievert, Kenneth Shaw, Maya Vansuch, and the brilliant pianist John Benjamin will perform operatic favorites, new works, and stirring art song filmed at the Patterson Homestead, Paul Laurence Dunbar House, Hawthorn Hill, Old Courthouse, and Memorial Hall, with Brady Kress of Dayton History as your virtual tour guide. We are delighted to invite you to accompany us on this exciting and unique voyage of discovery.

Patterson Homestead
“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 House
“The Awakening” from Common Ground by Adolphus Hailstork,
to a text by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Commissioned by Dayton Opera, world premiere February 10, 1995
Minnita Daniel-Cox, soprano
John Benjamin, piano

Hawthorn Hill
“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

Old Courthouse
“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
Caitlin Crabill, soprano
Samuel Schlievert, tenor
John Benjamin, piano

Memorial Hall
“American Anthem” words and music by Gene Scheer
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