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Figaro!

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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The Scottish Slasher

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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A Unique Twist on A Classic

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

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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The beauty of ‘Fidelio’

When Beethoven’s health failed him, his genius did not By Pat Suarez In 1801, Beethoven was in despair over his increasing hearing loss. In his words, “Let me tell you that my most prized possession, my hearing, has greatly deteriorated. Needless to say, I am resolved to overcome all this, but how will it be […]

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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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Behind The Scenes Of Porgy & Bess

Dayton Opera Prepares Immense Canvas A Collaborative ‘Porgy And Bess’ By Eric Street Backstage at the Schuster Center the atmosphere nearly crackles with anticipation as musicians, dancers, chorus, soloists and stage hands prepare for what should be the biggest collaborative project of the season: George Gershwin’s iconic American opera Porgy and Bess. This landmark production, […]

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Celebratory Slate

Dayton Opera Offers Promising Anniversary Season By Eric Street Do your friends complain that the papers only print bad news? Tell them this: the Dayton Opera is celebrating its 50th anniversary this season with three must-see operas and a Star Gala featuring leading singers from recent Dayton Opera productions. “Our 50th season will truly be […]

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News of the weird 10/21

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Signs of the times “Selfie fever” has begun to sully the sacred Islamic pilgrimages to […]

The last word

Thanks for reading By A.J. Wagner This will be my last week writing the “Law and Disorder” column for the […]

The art of organization

Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour & Sale returns By Alyssa Reck Photo: Elaine Lamb of Mud Mothers Pottery will showcase […]

Waste not

The Plastic World of Mary Ellen Croteau By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Mary Ellen Croteau, “Endless Columns,” plastic bottle caps […]

On not getting by in Dayton

The long-term effects of poverty By A.J. Wagner I have been penning “Law and Disorder” for the Dayton City Paper […]

News of the weird 10/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Bionic shoes Police in Japan’s Kyoto Prefecture raided a shoe manufacturer in July and […]