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Reviewed by Lee Shepherd For high opera (actually an operetta), the Tri-Cities Opera production of Die Fledermaus is as low-brow as you can get. The production, which opened last night (Friday, May 2) at The Forum in Binghamton, tapped every hilarious comedy convention you can name – funny accents, self-deprecating humor, slapstick, drunken pratfalls and, of course, mistaken identities with dire and amusing consequences. The show abounds with silliness, ad libs, inappropriately cited literary quotes, one-liners, references to current events and puns galore....
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Reviewed by Tony Villecco Tri-Cities Opera has prepared a lavish and vibrant new production of Georges Bizet’s masterpiece, Carmen. A very full house Friday (Oct. 25) at The Forum witnessed a performance that was near perfect, with only some minor discrepancies. The production showcased both some very young voices and some more mature singers, bringing vigor to Bizet’s already powerful score. As the carefree gypsy, Carmen, mezzo Ginger Costa-Jackson started somewhat timidly. However, by the second act, she lit up like a firecracker. Her characterization was helped by the...
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Reviewed by Tony Villecco On Wednesday evening (April 24), I attended the final dress rehearsal for Tri-Cities Opera’s double bill of Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci and Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana. Let me preface this review by stressing that singers sometimes "mark" or do not sing full out during rehearsals in order to save their voices for performance. While both operas had some fine moments, the two pieces were not totally devoid of problems. Tenor Kirk Dougherty has moved into a heavier repertoire by taking on the leads in both "Cav" (Turiddu)...
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