Tri-Cities Opera Announces 2018-2019 Season
Now approaching its 70th year, Tri-Cities Opera (TCO) announced its 2018-2019 season at a press conference at 11am on Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 at the Opera Center at 315 Clinton Street. The company revealed its upcoming repertoire and corresponding artwork, designed by Gene Czebiniak. An excerpt from one of the operas was performed by TCO Resident Artists, Stacey Geyer and Tascha Anderson, accompanied by Musical Associate, John Cockerill. The new season is as follows:
MADAMA BUTTERFLY (G. Puccini),
Sunday, October 14th, 2018 at the Forum Theater
The cast includes Kasia Borowiec (Cio-Cio San), Jordan Schreiner (Pinkerton), and new Resident Artist Tesia Kwarteng (Suzuki), who are all making their role debuts. The production will be conducted by Andrew Altenbach, making his TCO debut, and directed by Johnathon Pape who last directed SWEENEY TODD for TCO. The opera will be sung in Italian with English supertitles.
SUOR ANGELICA (G. Puccini),
Friday, November 9th, Sunday, November 11th, Friday, November 16th, Sunday, November 18th, 2018 at Trinity Church, Main Street, Binghamton
Meroë Khalia Adeeb is returning to make her role debut as Suor Angelica, and the Principessa will be sung by Tesia Kwarteng. The cast also includes two new Resident Artists Lianne Aharony (Suor Genovieffa) and Gina Moscato (Suor Dolcina). Cara Consilvio, who directed HANSEL AND GRETEL and GLORY DENIED will return to direct. The performances will be held at the Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church in Binghamton, and will include an organ selection by Organist and Music Director at Trinity Church, Tim Smith. This will be followed by Lianne Aharony singing Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate and Samuel Barber’s Hermit Songs, sung by Gina Moscato.
THREE DECEMBERS (J. Heggie),
Friday, February 22nd, Sunday, February 24th, Friday, March 1st, Sunday, March 3rd, 2019 at the TCO Opera Center
THREE DECEMBERS is a one-act opera based on a script by Terrence McNally, with a libretto by Gene Scheer. The cast includes Tesia Kwarteng (Maddie) and Lianne Aharony (Bea). Director James Kenon Mitchell will return after directing TCO’s double bill of BRETTL LIEDER & L’HEURE ESPAGNOLE and TRAGEDY OF CARMEN. Conductor Braden Toan will also return after conducting TCO’s productions of SWEENEY TODD and HYDROGEN JUKEBOX.
HMS PINAFORE (Gilbert & Sullivan),
Sunday, April 28th, 2019 at the Forum Theater
The cast includes Jake Stamatis (Sir Joseph Porter), Gina Moscato (Josephine), and Tesia Kwarteng (Little Buttercup). Conductor Joshua Horsch will return after conducting TCO’S production of GLORY DENIED. Director Gary Briggle, a nationally renowned expert in the Savoy operas of Gilbert & Sullivan, will be making his TCO debut. He studied and worked with John Reed, a member of the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company.
Tri-Cities Opera was founded in 1949 by Carmen Savoca and Peyton Hibbitt. The company enjoys an exceptional reputation in the opera world for its Resident Artist Training Program, sets, costumes, and opera productions. General Operating Support is provided to Tri-Cities Opera by a grant from the Broome County Arts Council’s United Cultural Fund, NYSCA, and the Klee Foundation.