Reviewed by Sherri Strichman Tri-Cities Opera’s final production of the season, Gounod's Faust, opened last night (April 17) to great audience approval, some of it well-deserved. The opera is adapted from Goethe’s tale of an aged scholar who has become so jaded with life that he has nothing to live for. He makes a deal with the devil for youth and new experiences. This production, conducted by Thomas Muraco, was directed by Martha Collins with scenic design by Wally Coberg, lighting design by Douglas Macur, original costume design...Read more
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By Barb Van Atta To belabor a tonsorial metaphor, Tri-Cities Opera plans to continue grooming musical students and highlight rising stars in a 2015-2016 season bookended by the theatrical world’s most famous barbers: Figaro and Sweeney Todd. At a press conference today (March 24) at the 66-year-old company’s headquarters in Binghamton, Susan S. Ashbaker, general director since July 2014, announced, not only the nuts and bolts of next year’s season, but a series of changes and improvements designed to boost the opera-going audience in Broome County and...Read more
Reviewed by Tony Villecco I attended my first live-from-the-Metropolitan Opera, HD, big-screen production last Saturday (Dect. 10). One has to applaud the Met’s foresight to bring opera to the masses this way, up-close and personal and far more reasonably priced than an orchestra seat. Gounod’s Faust opened the Metropolitan back in 1883. This latest production was, overall, a fine one with some excellent singing-- despite the director Des McAnuff's decision to transplant the opera to the 20th Century, between the world wars.