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Patti Murin and Dee Roscioli as Glinda and Elphaba in the touring production of Wicked , which plays Columbus in June. Tickets go on sale April 4.

Opera Columbus has appointed Peggy Kriha Dye to the position of general manager. Kriha Dye will oversee all artistic and operational programming as well as main stage productions, and will produce the company's new Opera Cabaret Series.

She is a professional opera singer as well. Kriha Dye's previous title with the company was director of artistic and educational programming.

Opera Columbus began operating under the CAPA banner in 2011, at which time CAPA President and CEO Bill Conner assumed the title of (unpaid) managing director, reporting to the opera's board.

Prior to that operational agreement, Opera Columbus leadership included Press Southworth as executive director and Bill Boggs as artistic director.

At press time, The Beat did not know details regarding how Kriha Dye's new appointment shifts duties at the opera, but the move does appear to be in line with something Conner told us earlier, which was that it was not his intent to remain in the post. He pointed to CAPA's previous arrangement with CATCO, in which he served as director while mentoring new leadership.

The Beat also recalls Kriha Dye telling us last fall there was big news on the horizon. Again, it was not clear at press time whether this was part of that big news, or whether this has additional ramifications for Opera Columbus programming, which moved from producer to presenter for the past two seasons.

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This should prove to be a big year for Broadway in Columbus, as the series brings such notables as Green Day's American Idiot and War Horse to town for the first time.

Additionally, the series is hosting the return of two monster shows -- the 25th anniversary production of Les Miserables in May (one would think the film version's success will spill over to a show that often sells out) and Wicked in June.

Tickets go on sale for Wicked at 9 a.m. Thursday, April 4.

Tickets for Les Mis are not yet on sale, while tickets for the remainder of the subscription season are currently available at


The Greater Columbus Arts Council's annual Public Forum will present a discussion regarding collaborations in the community at the Columbus Mus-eum of Art on Wednesday, Jan. 30. More than a trend for arts producers, this is a big part of how things have been and a bigger part of how things will get done.

The event is designed to provide artists, non-profits, creative businesses and funders with information on building community partnerships through creative collaborations and will be moderated by David Brown of the Harmony Project.

Space is limited. To register, email