October 23 & 24, 2021
by Gaetano Donizetti
Dayton Opera launches its season with Donizetti's lighthearted romantic comedy The Elixir of Love; a dazzling bel canto jewel that proves true love is the most powerful potion of all! Clinton Smith returns to the podium of the spectacular Schuster Center, with the Dayton Philharmonic in the pit.
February 12 - March 19, 2022
by Giacomo Puccini
Set in Rome, a diva’s jealousy plays into the hands of the lecherous chief of police, Baron Scarpia. An escaped political prisoner seeks the help of his friend, the painter Mario Cavaradossi, the lover of the famous diva Floria Tosca. In an attempt to recapture the fugitive, Scarpia plants a seed of suspicion in Tosca and sets a dreadful trap.
March 12 - March 22, 2022
by Giuseppe Verdi
Attila the Hun has conquered most of Western Europe and is about to take Rome itself, but is brought to his knees by his love for a female warrior, Odabella.
April 9 - April 24, 2022
OPERA LAS VEGAS
Strawberry Fields & Trouble in Tahiti
by Michael Torke & Leonard Bernstein
Strawberry Fields, in its West Coast premiere, refers to a locale in New York’s Central Park, named after a song by late composer, Beatle John Lennon. On a warm autumn afternoon, a respectable but confused Old Lady, has wandered into the park. She sits down on a bench with great purpose, imagining that it is her seat at the opera, and that the events unfolding in the park constitute the show. A student becomes intrigued and plays along with her fantasy. When the woman’s son and daughter arrive to unceremoniously spirit her away to assisted living, pretense and reality collide. Paired with Bernstein's classic one-act, the double bill stars Soprano Marcie Ley, Mezzo-soprano Erin Gonzalez, tenor Albert Rudolph Lee, and baritone Kenneth Stavert. Clinton Smith conducts.