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Shave and a haircut


Dayton Opera to present Rossini’s The Barber of Seville Rosina (Alyssa Martin) and Count Almaviva (Carlos Enrique Santelli) get an earful from Figaro (Jarrett Ott) during rehearsal By Eric Street  |  Rehearsal Photos By Scott Robbins “Figaro! Figaro! FI-GA-RO!” Mischief and matchmaking run wild when opera’s most famous barber returns to Dayton’s Schuster Center Mar. […]

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Always Timeless


Dayton Opera’s The Consul echos issues of the day Photo: Magda Sorel, played by Kara Shay-Thomson. By Eric Street Opera has a powerful  track record for expressing universal themes in memorable fashion, but the themes in Dayton Opera’s upcoming production feel as timely as today’s newspaper. If you haven’t already, now’s the time to reserve your […]

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An operatic journey through the cosmos


Verdi’s Requiem opens at the Schuster Center on September 17 Photo: Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Dayton Ballet, and the Dayton Opera combine for Verdi’s Requiem By Eric Street Don’t be alarmed at the roar of tympani and bass drum downtown. That’s not an oncoming hurricane, it’s the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s percussion section warming up for two […]

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Siren Songs: Carmen Seduces in Dayton Opera Season Finale


She Put a Spell On You: Dayton Opera Tempts Audiences with Carmen By Eric Street Photo: Illustration of Carmen, published in 1875 in Journal Amusant, a French weekly satirical magazine Do you hear the sound of castanets approaching in the distance? Women, guard your men! And men, guard your hearts—opera’s most popular seductress sashays onto the […]

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Forbidden love sizzles


Rendezvous with Dirty Dancing at the Schuster By Eric Street Photo: (left) Christopher Tierney as Johnny and Bronwyn Reed as Baby and (above) Tierney with Jerome Harmann Hardeman as Tito Suarez in Dirty Dancing; photos: Matthew Murphy Forbidden love. It’s the unquenchable passion that dooms Romeo and Juliet, the glowing embers that ignite West Side […]

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Turkey, from scratch


Dayton Opera builds The Abduction from the Seraglio at the Schuster By Eric Street Photo: Theodore Chasseriau’s ‘Moorish Woman Leaving the Bath in Seraglio,’ the Turkish setting of Dayton Opera’s The Abduction from the Seraglio, coming Feb. 17 and 19 Mark your calendar for Friday, Feb. 17 and Sunday, Feb. 19 when Dayton Opera unveils […]

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Star staying power


42nd Street dazzles again at the Schuster By Eric Street Photo: Blake Stadnik as Billy Lawlor (center) and the Company go for the gold in 42 Street’s ‘We’re in the Money,’ running Jan. 10-15; photos: Chris Bennion “You’re going out there a youngster, but you’ve got to come back a star!” This is the gut-tightening challenge […]

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When the comedy is finished


Tragedy has the last word in Dayton Opera’s I Pagliacci By Eric Street Photo: John Grigaitis What lies beneath the enigmatic face paint of a clown? If Ruggiero Leoncavallo’s gripping opera I Pagliacci (The Clowns) is any indication, the reality can be far darker than the makeup’s bright camouflage reveals to the casual eye. Be on […]

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From boudoir to ball to jail


UD goes to bat with operetta Die Fledermaus By Eric Street Photo: Johann Strauss II, ‘The Waltz King,’ in 1876 Revenge, deception, flirtation, and the irresistible lilting melodies of Johann Strauss II are in store when University of Dayton students and faculty unite to stage his best-known operetta, Die Fledermaus (The Bat). “Operetta is perfect […]

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Bang, Bang


Locally composed world premier opera The Book Collector opens for Carmina Burana By Eric Street The wheel of fortune has turned once more in Dayton’s favor with an energetic push from the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance! Whether you’re in the mood for something innovative, fresh and completely new, or you’d rather indulge in a time-tested, […]

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The green-eyed monster


Dayton Opera’s premier of Otello at the Schuster By Eric Street Love may be the most powerful force in the world, but jealousy exerts a dark power all its own. For drama and passion set to music, come to the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center when Dayton Opera presents Giuseppe Verdi’s Otello. “What a […]

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Hearts a’ flutter


Classic Italian opera Madame Butterfly comes to Dayton By Eric Street Photo: Yunah Lee makes her 31st appearance as Cio-Cio-San (Madame Butterfly) with this weekend’s performance at the Schuster Center The Opera Has heartbreak ever sounded so beautiful?  You can hear and decide for yourself when the Dayton Opera presents Giacomo Puccini’s beloved Madame Butterfly. The […]

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The Rose is alive with the sound of music


Dayton Performing Arts Alliance christens new venue By Eric Street Photo: Dayton Ballet dancers Case Bodamer and Annalise Woller will perform as part of “An Evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein” at the Rose Music Center at the Heights on May 16 Come prepared for an “Enchanted Evening” when the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance and the […]

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The one that got away


The Pearl Fishers at the Schuster By Eric Street Photo: Soprano Chloe Moore will perform as Leila Has an unsolvable love triangle ever produced such unforgettably ravishing music? Come to the Schuster Center and hear for yourself when the Dayton Opera, Ballet and Philharmonic present Georges Bizet’s fragrantly exotic The Pearl Fishers. Sung in French […]

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From cell to stage

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Groundbreaking opera piques Dayton’s interest By Eric Street Photo: Composer Jake Heggie; photo: Art Clarity An extraordinary event is about to take place in the Mead Theater of the Schuster Center: the first Midwest production in a decade of the gripping contemporary opera, Dead Man Walking. Composed by Jake Heggie to a libretto by Terrence […]

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Change your tune


Human Race Theatre Company’s Festival of New Musicals By Eric Street Photo: Susan Blackwell will host the 2014 Songwriter The Human Race Theatre Company’s mission to further the development of new works takes center stage Aug. 1 – 2 with its summer Festival of New Musicals. For the company’s seventh annual event, producing Artistic Director Kevin […]

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Mulling the merits of Merit Grill


Wide variety compromised by some puzzling choices The Merit Grill’s Carne Asada substituted sirloin for skirt steak, but the salsa, […]

Bread Baking Demystified

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The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes […]

It’s happening in Troy


Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with […]

A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]