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Always Timeless

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]