TCO head Smith resigns

By Barb Van Atta

Dr. Michael Bogdasarian, chairman of the Tri-Cities Opera board of directors, announced today (Feb. 25) that the company’s general director, Reed W. Smith, has resigned to pursue other interests. Smith, according to a TCO press release, has been involved with the opera company for more than 33 years, starting as a resident artist and then moving into management. He has served as chief executive of the company for 13 years.

Smith, a recipient of a Heart of The Arts award from the Broome County Arts Council, also was recognized by the national organization OPERA America for his service to TCO and to the opera community as a whole.

Here’s a link to the detailed article in the Press & Sun-Bulletin:




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1 Response to "TCO head Smith resigns"

  1. octavian1

    Just three observations related to the linked article in the Press & Sun-Bulletin:

    1) On Sept. 6, 201,3 that paper ran an article that Scott Bergeson, whose conducting credentials include many important companies such as New York City Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, was welcomed as Tri-Cities Opera’s new Music Director and Co-Artistic Director. Yet no mention of Mr. Bergeson, who conducted TCO’s well-regarded and well-received production of Carmen last fall, is made in the article referenced, although he is mentioned again in two previous P&S-B stories from October 2013, as well as in articles on this site (Broome Arts Mirror).

    2) Opera-Go-Round, the outreach program of Tri-Cities Opera, at one time had well over 100 performances a year in schools in Broome County and beyond. I believe such performances now number below 50 annually, which may be due to the economy, but that’s not exactly expansion.

    3) If by retiring the debt one means using the principal of the endowment to pay off the accumulated debt, that is a true statement. Perhaps I’m wrong here, but I would normally interpret that the statement to mean that additional funds were raised to do so.