Dayton Opera, part of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance (DPAA), prepares a daring, bold, and wide-ranging season of song and staged works. From the first meetings of its founders in the fall of 1960, Dayton Opera has enriched the cultural life of the Miami Valley. Dayton Opera’s more than 50-year history began when Dayton Opera performed its first season in 1961–1962. In 2003, Dayton Opera moved to its new home at the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, enabling the company to produce bigger and better productions in an acoustically superior theatre. Artistic Director Thomas Bankston and Dayton Opera present four programs each season over eight dates, including a Season Opening Spectacular, engaging operas from the classic repertoire, such as The Barber of Seville, Otello and Madame Butterfly, groundbreaking new works from thought-provoking 20th-century composers, such as The Consul and Dead Man Walking, and grand sweeping operatic events, from Aida to La Bohème to Carmen. Dayton Opera has proven itself as a world-class opera company, attracting richly talented vocalists and stage directors from across the country and around the world.