Tri-Cities Opera Announces Terrence McNally’s
Tri-Cities Opera is presenting a company premiere, Terrence McNally’s Tony Award-winning play, MASTER CLASS, which will be performed in the Opera Center’s intimate Savoca Hibbitt Hall at 315 Clinton Street from February 23-25, 2018.
MASTER CLASS marks the third production of TCO’s 69th season, and its first time collaboration with Theatre Street Productions. It will also commemorate the 40th anniversary of Maria Callas’ passing and the 95th year of her birth.
MASTER CLASS is based on the series of master classes taught by the legendary diva Maria Callas at the Juilliard School in the 1970’s, and won the 1996 Tony Award for Best Play. In the play, Callas berates her students as much as she encourages them and retreats into recollections about her own life and career, including her relationship with shipping tycoon, Aristotle Onassis. The play also features operatic excerpts from Bellini’s LA SONNAMBULA, Puccini’s TOSCA, and Verdi’s MACBETH. Former TCO Resident Artist Andrea Gregori will be reprising the role of Maria Callas, for which she has been praised as being “magical…a force to be reckoned with” (Broome Arts Mirror). Others in the cast include TCO Resident Artists Stacey Geyer as Sharon Graham, and Jordan Schreiner as Anthony Candolino. He previously appeared in Theatre Street’s 2015 production at the Endicott Performing Arts Center. Binghamton University student Lianne Aharony will portray Sophie DePalma and Musical Associate John Cockerill will appear as Emmanuel Weinstock. Former Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan will play the Stagehand. Former Resident Artist Cynthia Clarey is making her TCO directorial debut and was one of the original Callas master class participants.
Performances will be held on February 23rd and 24th, 2018 at 7:30pm and February 25th at 3:00pm. A free preview is scheduled for February 17th at 7:30pm, in which Cynthia Clarey will discuss her experience in the Callas master classes. Tickets can be reserved at (607) 772-0400 or www.tricitiesopera.com.
Theatre Street Productions is devoted to presenting staged operatic and musical theatre concerts with highly accomplished artists, for the enrichment, education and enjoyment of diverse audiences throughout the northeastern United States and beyond. In 2012, Theatre Street produced its first fully-staged production of MASTER CLASS in Newport, RI at the historic Casino Theatre. The play was subsequently presented at the Roberson Museum and Waverly Opera House. The company was founded by soprano and Artistic Director, Andrea Gregori in 2007. For more information, please visit www.theatrestreetproductions.com.
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.