Tag Archives: Puccini

Reviewed by Lee Shepherd I was delighted to be in the audience Friday night (Oct. 21) for a stunning moment in Binghamton’s cultural history. I knew the Tri-Cities Opera production of Puccini's Madame Butterfly would be good, just not how good. And that was mostly due to Jake and Jill Gardner, who sang the leading roles of Cio-Cio-San and Sharpless. Sorry if this seems like a list of superlatives, but here we go: (more…)...
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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…)...
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Reviewed by Leo Cotnoir There is no question that John Covelli is a talented pianist, and it is clear that mid-19th Century Romanticism is his métier. After a somewhat overlong but informative introduction Sunday (Oct. 3) at The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage in Johnson City, Covelli launched into Robert Schumann’s "Fantasia in C Major, Opus 17" with the energy and gusto of a much younger man performing for a jury who would decide his fate. One could not help but hear the connection Covelli feels with the...
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Reviewed by Tony Villecco Giacomo Puccini’s one-act comedy, "Gianni Schicchi' was presented March 12-14 as a showcase for Tri-Cities Opera's singers in training, and almost all of the young performers delivered a lively and fully committed reading of the score in a fully staged, English-language production at the TCO Opera Center, 315 Clinton St., Binghamton. The intimate nature of the performance was enhanced by the cabaret-style seating and the use of entrances throughout the auditorium (and through the audience). Read more