Reviewed by Sherri Strichman Tri-Cities Opera opened its 2014-15 season last night (Oct. 24) with a well-received production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto at The Forum in Binghamton. In the title role, Guido LeBrón gave a solid performance from start to finish. The TCO alumnus’ powerful voice conveyed cruel wit, tenderness, triumph, suspicion and fear in a myriad of vocal colors without ever sacrificing the beauty of his instrument. The "Cortigiani"of Act 2 was a masterful pleading for the return of his daughter. He was well supported by the...Read more
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By George Basler Tri-Cities Opera has a proud history, and it's a wonderful achievement that the company offers three classic operas each season, Susan Ashbaker said. But the new general director of the Binghamton-based opera company wants to do more. As TCO prepares open its 66th season this weekend with a production of the Verdi standard Rigoletto, one of Ashbaker’s goals is expanding the company's repertoire to include newer works as well as the timeless classics. Balancing the new with the old can be tricky, she acknowledged. However, she thinks...Read more
A Note from Sharon Ball, Executive Director, Broome County Arts Council: Our 10th Heart of the Arts Awards Celebration on Monday (Sept. 22) featured a special and very moving Memorial Roll Call researched, written and presented by Broome Arts Mirror Editor Barb Van Atta. We wanted to share it with you: (more…)...Read more
By Barb Van Atta At a press conference today (June 18), Tri-Cities Opera’s interim general director, Judy Berry, announced that Steven M. Crawford has been named TCO conductor and music director. He will be leading the 2014-2015 productions, starting with the Oct. 24 and 26 performances of Verdi’s Rigoletto, featuring former TCO resident artist Guido Lebron in the title role. Rigoletto will be performed at The Forum in Binghamton, as will Rossini’s The Italian Girl in Algiers and Gounod’s Faust. Casting for those shows as well...Read more
By Barb Van Atta Don Juan’s not going to get much sympathy around Tri-Cities Opera this year. Previously when the opera company has presented Don Giovanni, Mozart’s take on the legendary lothario, the directors have been male. Thus, acknowledged TCO General Director Reed Smith recently, a slight “boys will be boys” patina seemed to cover many of the roué’s ruses, despite his final fiery fate. But now the dashing Don is facing his biggest challenge: an all-female production team, including...Read more
Season subscriber that I am, I spent Sunday afternoon with Violetta and her crew at TCO's lovely production of "La Traviata." (See review below.) I've also been savoring all the award-winning movies that TCM annually broadcasts as a lead-up to the Oscars. And speaking of films on TV, HBO subscribers should try to catch "The Sunset Limited," based on a play by Cormac McCarthy. This dialogue-driven two-man show about faith (or lack thereof) is a great addition to Tommy Lee Jones' canon of top-notch performances and...Read more
Reviewed by Tony Villecco Attending Tri-Cities Opera's final dress rehearsal Wednesday (Feb. 9) for Giuseppe Verdi’s perennial favorite, La Traviata, I did not believe this production could surpass the excellence of last fall’s Cosi Fan Tutte. I was wrong. What maestro John Mario Di Costanzo has done is to, literally, transform the opera’s orchestra to such a high level of playing that it’s hard to imagine these already fine musicians could sound even better.