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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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Reviewed by Tony Villecco How can you lose with Mozart? You can’t. I attended the final dress rehearsal Wednesday evening for Tri-Cities Opera’s production of Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) and was not disappointed. All of the principals were strong with a few standouts. No surprise here that the orchestra also was excellent under the firm hand of Maestro John Mario Di Costanzo. The overture, a signature piece, was worth the price of admission. (more…)...
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Reviewed by Sarah Kuras This past Thursday (March 15), I had the pleasure of attending the joint Harpur Chorale/Women's Chorus concert at Binghamton University's Anderson Center. The two groups performed vocal works by Canadian composers, folk songs and songs of First Nation People. This beautifully curated selection of pieces highlighted the cultural backgrounds of the many regions and peoples of Canada, a country that has been a longtime passion of conductor Peter Browne. (more…)...
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Reviewed by Kellie Powell
The Binghamton University Theatre Department recently presented an all-female version of Shakespeare's "Henry V," directed by visiting assistant professor Michael F. Toomey. Countless directors have attempted to "shake up Shakespeare" by changing time periods and locations, using color-blind casting and experimenting with gender roles, usually with mixed results -- and this production is no exception. "Henry V," which is probably most famous for King Henry's "band of brothers" speech, is a fairly macho play. To their credit, rather than impersonating men, members of BU's all-female cast played characters -- kings, soldiers, drunks...
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