In a state brimming over with major opera companies—Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus—Dayton Opera more than holds its own with an annual three-opera season, Star Gala (a concert featuring one or more notable soloists and chorus), and multi-million dollar budget. The company was founded in 1960 and has attracted many of the operatic world’s biggest names. It has also maintained a vibrant Artist-in-Resident program for more than two decades, helping to nurture and develop up-and-coming young talent.
Vital support for the opera’s mission comes from the Dayton Opera Guild, one of the largest and most active of its type in the country. Established in 1963, The Guild supports many of the company’s educational functions, including high school and tri-state vocal competitions—which have launched numerous singing careers—and the Children’s Traveling Opera, in which students pantomime most roles. It also offers the Opera Marionettes, an opera-themed puppet show for especially young audiences. The Guild has several major annual fundraisers to carry out its mission, including a garden party, fashion show and opera ball.
Dayton Opera Information
- Public Transportation: Poor
- Handicapped Accessibility: Venue is accessible
- Performances/Programs: Three-four per season with multiple performances of each
- Ticket Prices: $40–$96, with prices varying by seat selection
- Subscriptions: Subscriptions are available. Must call for more information and to subscribe
- Membership: Several different giving levels are available, with a variety of benefits..