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Reviewed by Sherri Streichman Glory Denied, an opera in two tableaux by Tom Cipullo,tells the story of Major Jim Thompson, the longest-held American prisoner of the Vietnam War. Based on a book by Tom Philpott, it employs two singers as the younger and older Thompson and two singers as the younger and older Alyce, his wife. Performances began last weekend (Nov. 10-12) and conclude this coming weekend (Nov. 17 and 19) at Tri-Cities Opera's Opera Center, 315 Clinton St., Binghamton. I’ll ask my usual question first: Is it...
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Reviewed by Sherri Strichman Sunday afternoon (Oct. 15), Tri-Cities Opera treated its audience at The Forum to an excellent production of Puccini's La Boheme. If the object was to fill seats by having only one, well-done performance of a popular opera from the standard repertoire, the company succeeded. The entire cast was solid in its singing and acting, and the performance quality was heightened in every scene by the rapport among the characters. The four young men in their Parisian garret – Jordan Schreiner as Rodolfo, Scott...
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Reviewed by Sherri Strichman Last night (Feb. 17) Tri-Cities Opera-goers were treated to seemingly unconnected works, written by two seemingly unconnected composers from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The result was a well-received double bill, brilliantly conceived, produced and performed. The first half of the evening was devoted to the cabaret songs, or Brettl-Lieder, of Arnold Schoenberg. For those who are panic-stricken by the composer’s very name, fear not.  These are from his late romantic period, before he went all 12-tonal.  They are beautifully lyrical pieces...
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Reviewed by Sherri Strichman There is apparently something wrong with my imagination. When I heard that Tri-Cities Opera would be doing a concert version of Verdi's La Traviata, I thought I would be seeing “stand and sing” opera, and I would be bored. Wrong. It was fantastic! (more…)...
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Reviewed by Sherri Strichman Tri-Cities Opera's Sweeney Todd opened last night (April 29) at The Forum to the enthusiastic reception of the audience. This dark musical thriller by Stephen Sondheim (book by Hugh Wheeler) is a departure from TCO's standard operatic fare, yet it seemed to be the largest house in attendance since I began reviewing performances here. The story: A wrongfully convicted barber, Benjamin Barker, returns to London. He’d had a beautiful wife whom he loved, and the judge who desired her had him transported to a penal...
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Reviewed by Sherri Strichman We stepped back in time last night (Feb. 18) as Tri-Cities Opera presented an evening of 1950s fun, charm and drama. The double bill of one-act operas, Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Telephone and Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, left the audience more than satisfied. Right from the start, we had vendors in great ’50s clothing and hairstyles (credit: Jana Kucera, costume plot designer, and Danielle Baker, makeup and hair designer) interacting with the audience as they carried their hanging trays of snacks. They sang...
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Reviewed by Sherri Strichman Tri-Cities Opera opened its season last night (Oct. 23) with a wonderful production of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. It was beautiful to look at, thanks to scenic designer Robert Little, lighting designer John E. Vestal, costume designer Barbara Wolfe and coordinator Jana Kucera, and makeup and hair designer Danielle Baker. The plot, in 50 words or less: Count Almaviva, disguised as a poor student, Lindoro, enlists the aid of Figaro the barber in courting Rosina. She is kept under strict watch by her guardian,...
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