Save the Date-Opera Ball-April 27, 2019

OPERA BALL 2018 Singin’ in the Rain

What a night–Saturday, April 28! Chair Kathie Thornburg led the planning for Singin’ in the Rain at the new downtown location of the Dayton Metro Main Library. The Bob Gray Orchestra played unbeatable dance sounds. Elite Catering created the culinary feast for the event. There were many beautiful memories for all those who attended.

A full set of pictures is now available at  The password is OG2018. You may use the pin 3217 for downloading. Enjoy!

Bob Gray Orchestra

Among the highlights of the evening were the arias sung by former Artist-in-Residence of Dayton Opera, Michael Anderson. He explained the importance of this stage in a singer’s career as they transition from college student to full professional.

Michael Anderson

Live Auction

Another of the highlights of Singin’ in the Rain was the fabulous Live Auction filled with luxury items and wonderful vacations. Local artist Terry Welker created a one-of-a-kind piece that was modeled after the breathtaking sculpture hanging above the grand staircase at the Dayton Metro Main Library. This item was called “Opera Rain” and was scaled to make a statement in any home.

James Free Jewelers, Roberto Coin

James Free Jewelers provided this exquisite diamond and 18K yellow gold bracelet called “Golden Gate” by Roberto Coin, the biggest name in Italian jewerly.





For two guests for five nights with intracontinental airfare

Prepare to fall in love – or renew your romance – with two of Europe’s most beautiful and engaging cities. From the Louvre to the Paris Opera House to Moulin Rouge to a sidewalk cafe, Paris is breathtaking. Spend two nights at the Renaissance Paris Le Parc Trocadero in the heart of the city before flying to the fairy tale city of Prague and three nights at the Four Seasons Hotel Prague.  Prague features a visual feast with an incredible mix of Gothic, Romanesque, baroque and art nouveau architecture in its castles, palaces, museums and squares. Magic!



For two guests for three nights, including one round of golf for two, cart rental and round-trip airfare

Robert Trent Jones, Jr., Tom Watson and Sandy Tatum teamed up to artfully craft a distinctly Scottish look for this course against a spectacular beachside backdrop to produce a memorable experience unlike any other in Pebble Beach. Be prepared for a sensory overload, from panoramic ocean views, towering Monterey pines to a thrilling finish of your golf round to the sounds of a bagpiper leading you home at twilight. You will stay at the Hyatt Regency in Monterey, nestled in 22 acres of soaring pines, just two miles from the beach. This is a memorable experience unlike any other in Pebble Beach.



For two to four guests for seven night stay (Saturday to Saturday) subject to availability.

Enjoy modern Italy within Casa Sogni, a private villa underneath the ancient Cortona city walls. Immerse yourself in this beautiful region’s spectacular scenic views, enchanting gardens, historic winery and soak up the Tuscan sun. You will be treated to a cooking class taught by a professional Cortona chef, take a tour of the oldest winery in Montepulciano, famous for its Vino Nobile wine, and take a guided walk to the Piazza Grande, Montepulciano.   Transportation to and from Montepulciano will be provided.


For two guests, airfare included, four nights

The Farimont Kea Lani Maui rests gracefully on Polo Beach, on the southwest shore of Maui. Located close to Waillea’s five championship golf courses, the resort features 14 tennis courts, boutique shopping, snorkeling, sailing, kayaking, windsurfing and a myriad of island-wide excursions.  And you can always kick back and relax by the pool.  No matter the pace you set, this trip has something for you. Not to be missed!



For two for a three-night weekend in New York

Tap the pulse of America’s most vibrant and diverse city with flexible options for your stay. Receive two orchestra or front mezzanine tickets to the Broadway show of your choosing from a fabulous array of options. Dine on a $200 gift card at an iconic restaurant (several options available). Stroll through Central Park, tour a museum, enjoy street performers and so much more. Stay at the Hyatt, Hilton, Marriot or comparable hotel.  Winspire’s legendary concierge service will help you plan your stay. There’s no place like New York, Dorothy!



For two guests, 3 nights, airfare included

Your chauffeured luxury sedan will whisk you safely to tour the region’s world class wineries. Enjoy a five-course tasting menu at Valette Restaurant in Healdsburg, an award-winning, locally owned and locally sourced fine dining favorite. Experience a private wine tasting at Jesse Katz Winetasting in Healdsburg where you will sample the new custom blend, The Setting, along with other handcrafted wines. Last November, a rare bottle of The Setting became the most expensive single bottle of wine ever sold worldwide. Stay at the Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country in Santa Rosa.


For two guests, seven nights in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Donated by Bill Cacciolfi, New World EXP, LLC

Explore one of the Seven Wonders of the World with Victoria Falls as your base for exploring a world of breathtaking scenery and wildlife.  Cruise the Zambezi River at sunset, ride an elephant on safari, dine at sunset in the bush, raft the upper Zambezi, fly over Victoria Falls in a Flight of the Angels helicopter, tour the historic Victoria Falls bridge, and take high tea at the Victoria Falls Hotel.  Your trip includes a premium hotel room with daily breakfast. This package does not include airfare, transfers, side trips, personal beverages or phone calls.

Celebration of Life

At Opera Ball this year the Guild toasted a celebration of life to three key longtime members and supporters of the Guild. Each of them passed away in the past year. They are all deeply missed.

Bruce Kline  Bill Lockwood Steve Wargo

Bruce Kline                                               Bill Lockwood                                    Steve Wargo


Arthur Murray

Barbara Haller, owner of Arthur Murray Dance Center in Miamisburg, and Bob & Diane Johnson have committed to being the Presenting Sponsor for the 2018 Opera Ball. The Guild is thrilled to partner with her studio and the Johnsons. They have been generous supporters for many years and the Guild is very grateful.

Marion's Piazza

Roger Glass, owner of Marion’s Piazza, stepped up to become the first sponsor for this exciting event. Thank you, Roger.

GE Aviation Opera Ball

For the second year, GE Aviation has become a major sponsor of Opera Ball. They have committed to support Singin’ in the Rain at the Gold Level. The Guild is truly grateful to GE Aviation.

Sebaly Shillito + Dyer law firm and SS+D Financial, Inc. investment advisors, along with Diana and Jon Sebaly, have joined to become a Gold Level sponsor. The Guild loves when such a great team comes together to provide this kind of support.

Other sponsors are Heidelberg Distributors, Lee Monnin, Ingrid Brown & Troy Tyner, Bill & Toni Winger, James Free Jewelers, Schuerholz Printing and Terry Welker. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

We welcome others to join in to support the many educational programs of the Opera Guild of Dayton and our support of Dayton Opera. Click here to read more about the work that the Guild performs.

Click here for information at the Silver Level ($1,000)

Click here for information at the Gold Level ($2,500)

Click here for information at the Presenting Sponsor Level ($5,000)


Opera Ball 2017 UD River Campus Garden Bob and Cynthia Gray at Opera Ball

April 29 was truly a magical evening as the Opera Guild hosted its guests for a sparkling evening of fine dining and dancing from 6 to 11 p.m. The new venue at the University of Dayton River Campus was spectacular with a pleasant evening outside on the terrace. The Bob Gray Orchestra played fast and romantic favorite dance tunes.  Vic Bonneau, president Electrical Power Integrated Systems business for GE Aviation, and his wife Karen led off the dancing as Dayton Opera’s Artist-in-Residence tenor Brian Skoog sang about the Starry, Starry Night. Click here to see this memorable moment.

Another highlight was the high energy exhibition dance by six instructors from the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Miamisburg. Click here to take a look.

The Guild is so grateful to the sponsors who supported the Ball. Presenting sponsor was GE Aviation with Co-sponsor the University of Dayton. Gold Sponsor was Marions Piazza. Underwriting was provided by Heidelberg Distributing, Andi Rabiner, Mike Houser, Lee Monnin and David Criner & Diane Morgan of the Pillar Advisory Group of Raymond James.  Significant Donations have been given by Bob and Diane Johnson,  Sebaly Shillito + Dyer, as well as Bill and Jackie Lockwood. Thanks to all.

Additional photos are available by clicking here.


The whole evening supports the many educational programs of the Guild and the Dayton Opera itself. Thanks to everyone who help make the evening unforgettable.