Opera Gala 2020-An Evening at Café Carlisle

Due to the current status of the COVID -19 outbreak, this event is postponed. Please check back later for further information.

A Gala to Remember

Mark your calendars now for Saturday, April 18, to attend a stunning evening gala at the Café Carlisle. It will be a cabaret evening in the glorious tradition of the jazz, song and more. Revisit this website often. The Guild will be posting details as they are finalized by Chairs Ron Anderson and Robb Sloan Anderson and their committee.

Reservations are available at three levels: Swank Level Stage Side Seating at $300 per person, Luxe Level with next closest to stage seating at $250 per person and Chic Level with chic and sassy seating at $200 per person. All tables will seat 4 patrons. Click here to make your reservation now.

Ron Anderson and Robb Sloan

Sponsorships for this event are available at a variety of levels. Click here to view all the levels and their associated benefits.

Reserve your place at the table now!


Springtime on the Greens

Chairs Lois Sutherland and Susan Daly with their committee planned a luxurious and beautiful evening called Springtime on the Greens at Dayton Country Club on Saturday, April 27. The setting and view of lush green fairways and budding trees from Dayton Country Club’s banquet rooms were stunning as guests arrived beginning at 6:30. Fine wine or cocktails and appetizers were available as guests browsed the enticing array of silent auction items.  The feast of either beef tenderloin, baked salmon or a vegetarian plate were delectable.

High School Vocal Competition winner Amy Helms wowed the crowd with her rich soprano voice. The Bob Gray Orchestra returned with all of his fabulous tunes and vocals. His music lured guests easily to the dance floor for both lively and romantic selections. It was an evening to remember. Click here to see for yourself what a wonderful evening it was!

Bob Gray Orchestra



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 https://ashleymaurophotography.pixieset.com/guestlogin/operaguild/?return=/operaguild/.  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

 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.

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.


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.