Broome Arts Mirror

Reviewed by Tony Villecco Peter Ilitsch Tchaikovsky’s one-act opera, Iolanta, proved a sure-fire hit at its Binghamton premiere Thursday evening (Nov. 12) at the newly named Savoca Hibbitt Hall at the Tri-Cities Opera Center in Binghamton. Once again becoming a staple in regional houses, Iolanta was featured at the Metropolitan Opera for the first time earlier this year. As expected, the moving score did not let up for a minute, no doubt reflecting, in part, some of Tchaikovsky’s own deeply personal pain and his exuberance, as well. Originally intended...
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In case you haven't noticed, November is overflowing with cultural events. To take full advantage of all opportunities, you may have to do as I did and get out a calendar and a pile of season brochures to do my planning. Which brings me to this quick reminder: Some of the early season brochures from Tri-Cities Opera are incorrect in terms of this weekend's performance times. Iolanta will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 12-15) at the...
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Reviewed by George Basler The world got you down? Feeling a little under the weather? A surefire remedy is a short drive away at the Cider Mill Playhouse in Endicott. The remedy isn’t a pill, but a sparkling production of the 1936 comedy You Can’t Take It With You, which chronicles the eccentric Sycamore family as it happily copes with the Great Depression of the 1930s. The play opened last Thursday (Nov. 5). Sure, the play is a bit old-fashioned, but that doesn’t diminish the craftsmanship and skill of George S....
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Reviewed by Lee Shepherd We were expecting surprises at the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra's Halloween concert Saturday (Oct. 31), billed as full of chills and thrills. But no one expected this: A vampire playing diabolical music on the Robert Morton Theater Organ as it rose out of the orchestra pit in a cloud of smoke. Whipping off his cape and mask, the organist was none other than Maestro Jose-Luis Novo who, added to his other talents, can really play the organ. The whole evening was like that, filled with Romantic...
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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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Reviewed by Patrick Hao The first thing you’ll notice going into Studio A to see Binghamton University’s mainstage production of God of Carnage is how the seats surround three sides of the stage. The seats are angled so that audience members look down onto the stage, much like Roman spectators preparing to watch a battle. In God of Carnage, the battle is between two sets of Brooklyn parents arguing over everything from parenting to gender differences. This pitch-black comedy by Yasmina Reza, translated from the French by...
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