Dayton Opera, a true Dayton Original, recnently celebrated 50 years of excellence. The company currently produces three main stage operas and one Star Gala in the beautiful and acoustically perfect Benjamin and Marian Schuster Center. Dayton Opera produces “original” opera productions that add to the economic development of our community by employing local musicians, artists, chorus members, stage crew and behind-the-scenes personnel. Dayton Opera patrons support downtown restaurants and businesses. To bring our region the most promising up-and-coming singers from around the world, General and Artistic Director Thomas Bankston holds annual casting sessions in New York City. These singers leave Dayton with a flattering impression of our community, often returning for future productions. The organization makes opera accessible to everyone thru in-school educational programs for students and reduced-price seats for seniors, students and WPAFB personnel. Dayton Opera believes in collaboration with other local arts organizations to keep Dayton’s arts heritage vibrant. Help celebrate 50 Years of Dayton Opera when the company opens their next season with The Gershwin’s great American opera “Porgy and Bess” in October 2010.