It was with great sadness that the Guild learned of the death on January 12, 2018, of its dear friend and generous supporter Steve Wargo. Steve attended so many Guild functions over the years. He and Mike Houser hosted the annual Emeritus picnic and held many fund raising dinners in their unforgettable homes. Our condolences are extended to Mike and the many others who share in this loss.

New Opportunity for Funds

Opera Guild has recently been approved for participation in Kroger Community Rewards. The instructions for signing up now are available by clicking here. It only takes a minute of your time if you are already a Kroger Plus Member and helps the Guild earn dollars for its many programs.


Opera Notes Winter 2018

Heather Martin of MartinInk is editor and taking charge of this informative publication. The latest edition of our award winning Opera Notes was mailed to members and friends. Click here to see the Winter 2018 edition.


The Payoff for All the Hard Work…


At its October Board of Directors’ meeting, Guild President Penny Wolff presented General and Artistic Director Tom Bankston of Dayton Opera the first installment of the Guild’s Annual Pledge in the amount of $30,000.  Opera Guild of Dayton is the presenting sponsor of Dayton Opera’s 2016-2017 Excite Season production of I Pagliacci.


    Emeritus Picnic

Every year Dayton Opera and Opera Guild of Dayton hold a picnic inviting the Emeritus team of former Board of Directors from each organization. For 15 years, Mike Houser and Steve Vargo have hosted this event on their estate in north Dayton. The setting is perfect and the ambiance is gracious and relaxing. The event is coming soon. Thank you Emeritus members for all of your support. Below are pictures from 2012.






The Guild Boutique is more exciting than ever this season with the addition of some wonderful new items and the return of our popular one-size popcorn tops, shawls, evening bags and fun fashion jewelry. Visit us in the Schuster Center lobby along Second Street beginning with opening night, one hour before opera performances and during intermissions.

We offer an assortment of opera glasses with the more poplar styles from last year, plus a few new ones. We also carry CDs and DVDs of the season’s operas that have been recommended by Dayton Opera’s Tom Bankston, as well as other opera CDs endorsed by the late Charles Wendelken-Wilson.