Reviewed by Lee Shepherd The ghost of Maria Callas visited Binghamton Friday night (Feb. 23). The legendary opera singer, dubbed "La Divina," was channeled in a tour de force performance by actress/singer Andréa Gregori in Tri-Cities Opera’s production of Terrence McNally’s 1996 Tony Award-winning drama Master Class. The script is a haunting portrayal of life after stardom, when Callas gave 23 master classes at the Juilliard School in the 1970s. Using her incredibly expressive voice, face, hands and body, Gregori performed essentially a 21/2-hour monologue that ranged from ribald stand-up comedy to...Read more
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Reprising the role for the fifth (and certainly not the last) time with her company, Theatre Street Productions, Andrea Gregori this weekend is bringing her signature portrayal of diva Maria Callas to the Endicott Performing Arts Center. This not-to-be-missed performance, previously presented regionally at the Ti-Ahwaga Playhouse in Owego, the Roberson Center in Binghamton and the Waverly Opera House, is a tour de force for Gregori. (more…)...Read more
By George Basler Half Light Theatre, a new Binghamton-based theater company, is planning to mark its first anniversary with a special evening this coming weekend. On Friday (July 27), the company will take over the grand mansion foyer of the Roberson Museum and Science Center for a gala fund-raising event that will begin with wine sampling and hors d'oeuvres at 6:30 p.m. followed by a performance of Terrence McNally's play Master Class at 7:30 p.m.
By Tony Villecco I am pleased to share with readers that my article on former Tri-Cities Opera singer Cynthia Clarey is out in the April issue of Classical Singer magazine. Cynthia, a former TCO favorite, went on to a major international career. The article takes a fascinating look at her experience in the now-famous Master Classes held by Maria Callas at Juilliard during Callas' 1971-72 visit there....Read more
Reviewed by Tony Villecco I admit I had some trepidation when I heard that a community theater group was attempting Master Class, Terrance McNally’s ode to his muse, Maria Callas. Any uncertainty was dissipated by a riveting presentation given in Owego by the Ti-Ahwaga Community Players. (more…)...Read more