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Dayton Opera Invites You to a Cast Blast on Thursday, May 5 at Dayton Beer Company for a Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Upcoming World Premiere of The Book Collector

Join Us for Arias, an Auction, Food, and Fun As We Celebrate a Brand-New Opera Premiere Right Here in Dayton

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Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
Phone 937-224-3521 x1138 

DAYTON, OH (April 30, 2016) – On Thursday, May 5, 2016 from 6:00 pm–9:00 pm at The Dayton Beer Company, Dayton Opera invites you to a Cast Blast to celebrate the sensational Dayton Opera world premiere of The Book Collector and Carmina Burana.

To celebrate this exciting operatic event, Dayton Opera cordially invites all of Dayton to the Cast Blast on May 5 to meet the cast and take a sneak peek behind the scenes of this once-in-a-lifetime event!

The festivities begin at 6:00 pm at the Dayton Beer Company, 41 Madison Street, in downtown Dayton, OH.  There will be free appetizers, courtesy of Wheat Penny Oven and Bar in Dayton, and a cash bar, where patrons will be able to order the special “Monk’s Ale,” fit for the occasion.

At 7:00 pm, Stage Director Gary Briggle, returning to Dayton for his incredible twelfth time, will take the stage to give a little background on The Book Collector and its unique connection to Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.  Then, each of the three vocalists from the upcoming performance–Angela Mortellaro, Andrew Owens, and Andrew Garland– will take the stage to give partygoers a small taste of the opera to come as they each sing an aria from Stella Sung’s The Book Collector.  In between performances, attendees will hear a few cast members, including a dancer from Dayton Ballet and a chorus member from Dayton Opera Chorus, talk about their involvement and experience thus far in this monumental world premiere.

At 8:00 pm, The Human Race Theatre Company Resident Artist Tim Lile, who will play the speaking role of The Auctioneer in The Book Collector, will conduct a fun, friendly, live auction, where Cast Blast attendees can use their fistfuls of fake money handed to them at the door to bid on a few small door prizes.  The evening wraps up at 9:00 pm, leaving everyone eager to be a part of history in Dayton on May 20 as Dayton Opera takes the stage of the Schuster Center for a fully staged world-premiere opera double bill of The Book Collector and Carmina Burana!

On Friday, May 20 and Sunday, May 22, Dayton Opera will present the exciting world premiere of The Book Collector, a concise one-act opera and prelude to Carmina Burana. The Book Collector is a brand-new opera composed by Dayton Performing Arts Alliance's Music Alive Composer-in-Residence, Stella Sung.  Then, the gripping storyline that unfolds in The Book Collector continues in the setting of Carl Orff’s colorful and powerful work for orchestra and chorus, Carmina Burana.

The Book Collector will be presented for the first time ever in conjunction with Carmina Burana. Taken together, these two works communicate the heart-wrenching emotions inherent with obsession, love, and murder and the timeless qualities of virtue, lust, desire, fulfillment and hope as the characters in the story wrestle with the hands that fate has dealt them. This never-before-seen double bill—a fully staged opera and a dramatic stegework featuring soloists, dancers, and chorus—crackles with the energy released when new meets old.

Come to Dayton Beer Company on May 5 and get a close-up, behind-the-scenes look at history being made at Dayton Opera. There is no cover charge for this event.  For more information about The Book Collector Cast Blast, call 937-224-3521. 

For tickets to The Book Collector and Carmina Burana on May 20 or 22, 2016, call Ticket Center Stage at 937-228-2620 or visit Dayton Performing Arts Alliance at


About the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was formed in July 2012 as the result of a groundbreaking and innovative merger between the Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Opera, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Together, they are the largest performing arts organization in the community, offering a tremendous variety of performance and education programs and setting a new standard for artistic excellence.  Dayton Performing Arts Alliance performances are made possible in part by Montgomery County and Culture Works, the single largest source of community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance also receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of the arts and to preserve Ohio's cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohio residents.
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