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Tri-Cities Opera Announces Preview Gala & Master Class with Richard Leech
March 24 @ 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm$125
(Binghamton, NY) Tri-Cities Opera (TCO) is hosting its second Preview Gala fundraising event on Saturday, March 24th, 2018 at 6:30pm at Traditions at the Glen in Johnson City, NY. The evening will be co-hosted by General & Artistic Director Susan Ashbaker and world-renowned tenor Richard Leech, “perhaps the most exciting tenor of his generation” (Cincinnati Enquirer). A gourmet tapas menu will be offered with each course themed around the upcoming productions in TCO’s 2018-2019 season. Complimentary wine will also be included with each course. Selections from the operas will be performed by TCO’s current Resident Artists Tascha Anderson, Stacey Geyer, Scott Purcell, Jordan Schreiner, and pianist John Cockerill. Guests will also have the opportunity to bid on higher end silent auction items, including artwork, jewelry, and vacation packages. New artwork will be unveiled for the upcoming season, with graphic design by Gene Czebiniak. Tickets are $125 per person, $65 of which is tax deductible. Premium seating with Richard Leech is also available for $1,000. Tickets can be reserved at (607) 772-0400 or www.tricitiesopera.com.
Following the gala, Richard Leech will present a master class at the Tri-Cities Opera Center at 315 Clinton Street, on Sunday, March 25th, 2018 at 2pm. The master class is free and open to the public and will be conducted with TCO’s Resident Artists. Mr. Leech began his career at TCO and gave credit to founders Carmen Savoca and Peyton Hibbitt as his only teachers. He is “one of the most celebrated lyric tenors of his generation. For over thirty years he has interpreted many of the most demanding and well-known roles of the Italian, French, and German repertoire both on disc and on the stages of the world’s leading opera houses and symphonies” (www.richardleech.com). Mr. Leech is currently the Director of Resident Artist Programs at Michigan Opera Theatre. He is also on the voice faculty of Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts.
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.