By George Basler Tri Cities Opera has begun its 2015-16 season with a few changes that mark a somewhat different direction for the venerable opera company. The company will continue to perform its core repertoire of classic operas, but it also wants to present newer works, including ones by American composers. “There is so much incredible music being written that’s not easily accessible to the public,” said Eric Frei, assistant musical director with the company. TCO's expanded focus was on display last Thursday night (Sept. 17) during a welcome recital,...Read more
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By Barb Van Atta Former Metropolitan Opera and Tri-Cities Opera tenor Richard Leech today (July 28) was named Director of Resident Artist Programs at Michigan Opera Theatre (MOT) in Detroit. Leech, who grew up in Broome County, will head MOT's newly created young artist program, Michigan Opera Theatre Studio. MOT President and CEO Wayne S. Brown said the new program, launching with the 2015-16 season, will offer full-time engagement to artists in the early stages of a professional career in opera. According to an MOT press...Read more
UPDATE: Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday (note time change) at the Laskowski Funeral Home, 367 Prospect St., Binghamton The funeral will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday at Main Street Baptist Church, 117 Main St., Binghamton (overflow parking available at Tabernacle United Methodist Church, 83 Main St.). Singers attending the funeral should brush up on their "Va, Pensiero" (bring music if you have it). By Barb Van Atta Former Tri-Cities Opera Artistic and Music Director Duane Skrabalak died Monday afternoon (April 21) at his home in Binghamton....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
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.
The Tri-Cities Opera Board of Directors and TCO General Director Reed Smith presented a major restructuring of the 61-year-old opera company at its annual board and guild meeting on June 22. The following is a press release issued by TCO: "The Board of Directors of Tri-Cities Opera have announced a variety of changes to better position the company financially while improving its service to local and regional audiences .As a result, the following changes have already taken place. Months of research have examined opportunities to...Read more