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‘Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt’ – Mark Twain

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Dayton Opera presents grandiose Aida By Eric Street photo: Jon Silla; jonsilla.com Love among the pyramids! Heartbreak by the Nile! And it’s all set against the monumental splendors of sun-washed ancient Egypt, presented to you by the formidable combined forces of the Dayton Opera, Dayton Ballet and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. This season’s final Dayton Performing Arts […]

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Don’t forget the breadcrumbs!

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Dayton Opera presents Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel By Eric Street Photo: Dayton Opera presents Hansel and Gretel on Friday, Feb. 21 and Sunday Feb 23 in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center; photo: J. David Levy One of the most thoroughly charming and tuneful operas ever to take the stage, Dayton Opera’s  collaborative Hansel […]

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Melodrama with every note

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Dayton Opera presents Tocsa By Eric Street  Photo: Michele Capalbo as Tosca and Scott Piper as Cavaradossi in Dayton Opera’s February 2005 production of Tosca; photo: Andy Snow It’s time to shake off the November blahs with something dramatic, passionate, rousing and tuneful. On Friday, Nov. 22 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 24 at 3 […]

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Figaro!

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Dayton Opera presents Mozart’s wedding day comedy of errors By Eric Street Photo: Bass-baritone Michael Sumuel takes the lead as Figaro The sparkling overture to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” hints at the excitement as Dayton Opera prepares for performances on Friday, April 5 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, April 7 at 3 p.m. […]

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A grand jeté!

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Dayton Ballet 75th anniversary Celebration! By Eric Street Photo: The Dayton Civic Ballet production of Papillons in 1962 at the Dayton Art Institute Renaissance Theatre; photo courtesy Dayton Ballet Seventy-fifth anniversaries are rare enough among humans, and rarer by far among ballet companies in this country. Dayton Ballet is only the second American ballet company to […]

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Performance Holiday

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First ever Philharmonic and Ballet “Nutcracker” and more By Eric Street Music lovers in the Dayton area must have been very, very good the past year, because Santa’s bag is overflowing with great events for them this holiday season. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance celebrates its first season following the merger of the Dayton Ballet, […]

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The Scottish Slasher

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The Dayton Opera present “Lucia de Lammermoor” By Eric Street Hide your cutlery! On Friday, Oct. 26 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 28 at 3 p.m. in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, Dayton Opera will present Gaetano Donizetti’s chilling tragedy “Lucia di Lammermoor.” The opera kicks off the passionate 2012-2013 Occupy Opera […]

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On their toes for 75 years!

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Dayton Ballet celebrates “Past and Present” By Eric Street Dayton Ballet celebrates its 75th anniversary this year – a remarkable accomplishment for a dance company, and one that places Dayton Ballet in the front ranks as one of the nation’s oldest. “Past & Present” will run Thursday, Friday and Saturday Oct. 18-20 at 8 p.m., […]

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Men are from Mars, women have hot flashes

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“Menopause the Musical” at Victoria Theatre By Eric Street Turn on the fans! Hotter than an unexpected hot flash, “Menopause the Musical” is coming to the Victoria Theatre Oct. 12-14 for four steaming performances. Though the subject matter may sound like no laughing matter, Artistic Director Seth Greenleaf begs to differ. “Audiences should expect a […]

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Bigger than the big top!

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Philharmonic dazzles with Cirque Musica By Eric Street And now for something completely different. On Friday, Sept. 28 and Saturday, Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, Music Director Neal Gittleman and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present Cirque Musica. Cirque Musica, uniting the dual worlds of classical music […]

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A Unique Twist on A Classic

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Carmen Comes to The Victoria Theatre By Eric Street The Dayton Opera season sweeps to a dramatic close with four performances of The Tragedy of Carmen, a streamlined, contemporary turn on Bizet’s perennial audience favorite.  Dayton’s Victoria Theatre provides an intimate setting for the May 17 thru 20 performances. This version, sung in English and […]

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Dayton Opera Presents a Timeless Classic

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Romeo and Juliette, with Veleta Tempranillo By Eric Street Looking for an unforgettable way to celebrate a special occasion? The Dayton Opera offers one of the hottest tickets in town with Charles Gounod’s lushly romantic Romeo and Juliet. Get your tickets now — performances are Friday, February 24 at 8p.m. and Sunday, February 26 at […]

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Light my candle

The Dayton Opera presents Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème By Eric Street Dayton Opera opens its 2011- 2012 season Oct. 21 and 23 with one of the most popular operas in the repertory, Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème. Why is La Bohème so beloved? According to Director Kathleen Clawson, “It’s because people love romance. It’s perfect in […]

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The Daughter of the Regiment

Dayton Opera goes military with newest show By Eric Street Dayton Opera revs up again in a big, tuneful way with Gaetano Donizetti’s comedy, “The Daughter of the Regiment,” which takes the Schuster Center stage April 15 and 17. This light-hearted two-act opera is famous for the aria “Ah! mes amis!,” which has been called […]

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Porgy And Bess

Opera By Eric Street The Dayton Opera’s brilliant, collaborative Porgy and Bess is a worthy celebration of 50 years. Conducted with verve by Neal Gittleman, the swift-paced, visually striking production is awash in vocal talent. NaGuanda Nobles particularly casts a spell with her opening “Summertime.” Thomas Beard and Kearstin Piper Brown fully inhabit their title […]

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CAREFREE SATIRE definitely

Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘Mikado’ closes Dayton Opera season If you want to know who we are, we are gentlemen of Japan!” Thus begins the energetic opening chorus of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic masterpiece, The Mikado. But please don’t take the chorus at their word. The Mikado (or The Town of Titipu) is a rollicking good […]

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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 […]