Dayton Opera

courtesy of Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

Puccini's tragic love story, Madame Butterfly, is the latest offering from Dayton Opera.  Stage director Albert Sherman, tenor John Pickle and soprano Yunah Lee join WYSO's Niki Dakota live in the studio for a preview of the production in conversation and song.

Dayton Opera's production of Madame Butterfly is Friday, November 20th and Sunday, November 22nd at the Schuster Center.

The three organizations that make up the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance are collaborating on a presentation of Bizet's The Pearl Fishers.  Singers from Dayton Opera will be accompanied by music from the Dayton Philharmonic and dance from the Dayton Ballet.  Members of the cast and crew visited the WYSO studios to talk about the upcoming performance and share some musical previews on Excursions.

Dayton Performing Arts Alliance's presentation of The Pearl Fishers is onstage at the Schuster Center April 17th and 19th.

courtesy of Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

This winter, Dayton Opera will present a production of Dead Man Walking, an opera based on the book by Sister Helen Prejean.  Stage director Gary Briggle joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota in the studio to talk about the production.  They were also joined by mezz-soprano Amanda Fink, baritone Zachary Gordin and Dayton opera chorus master Jeff Powell, who previewed some selections from the show.

Today is First Friday in downtown Dayton. There will be a Walking Tour, Craft Battle, Beer Tasting, Art Shows, and More.

When two cynical lawyers-one black and one white- prepare to defend a powerful white businessman accused of raping a young black woman, they must confront their own perceptions and prejudices….and this is a play at the Human Race Theatre.

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for October 7, 2012 including the following stories:

- In Ohio, A Three-Way Musical Marriage Of Convenience, by Emily McCord

- Niki Dakota talks to Fred Bartenstein about editing Bluegrass Bluesman: A Memoir (Music in American Life), the memoir of Josh Graves

New Arts Alliance Launches In Dayton

Jul 10, 2012

It's been a tough couple of years on arts communities across the nation and in Dayton, a new collaboration is taking place. As Emily McCord reports for WYSO, The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is the first merged philharmonic orchestra, ballet, and opera organization in the country.

This weekend the Dayton Opera is doing Carmen, and you will experience a Carmen like you have never seen before - intense, intimate and bitingly tragic! It's Carmen unplugged!

Hamvention…..opening tonight and all weekend at the Hara…you will be “internationally connected."

Three major Dayton arts organizations are making an unusual move to merge under a single management structure.

The Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra are forming the Dayton Performing Alliance.  The new nonprofit organization announced it will have one board of directors and three artistic directors.

Leaders from the individual organizations say it could boost artistic collaboration and may be a model for arts groups elsewhere to consider.

Friday and Saturday from 6 - 8:30 p.m is Aullwood’s Enchanted Forest. You can roast marshmallows, meet the black rat snake and box turtles, friendly trail guides will escort visitors along the luminary-lit trail and you will meet costumed forest creatures.

Saturday is Franz Liszt’s 200th birthday and on Saturday and Sunday the Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra will be doing lots of favorites from the Romantic era…including a famous Liszt tune.