By Barb Van Atta Tri-Cities Opera’s board of directors will host a press conference July 24 to introduce TCO’s new general director, Susan Shiplett Ashbaker. The resident artist roster for the 2014-2015 season also will be announced at the event, which starts at 10 a.m. at the Opera Center, 315, Clinton St., Binghamton. Ashbaker will replace Reed Smith, who resigned Feb. 25 as general director. Smith recently was hired as executive director of Anchorage Opera in Alaska. Ashbaker has had more than 30 years of experience in the...Read more
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By Barb Van Atta Dr. Michael Bogdasarian, chairman of the Tri-Cities Opera board of directors, announced today (Feb. 25) that the company's general director, Reed W. Smith, has resigned to pursue other interests. Smith, according to a TCO press release, has been involved with the opera company for more than 33 years, starting as a resident artist and then moving into management. He has served as chief executive of the company for 13 years. Smith, a recipient of a Heart of The Arts award from the Broome County Arts Council, also was recognized by the national organization OPERA America for...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
Tri-Cities Opera has been chosen to host a singers’ workshop Tuesday (Nov. 13) sponsored by OPERA America. Selected singers from TCO’s resident artists program and Binghamton University’s Masters in Music program will have the opportunity to sing a “feedback” audition, and the public is invited to listen. The workshop will feature discussion on career strategies for singers, as well as a 20-minute opportunity to perform and receive advice from industry professionals. The OPERA America panel will include Isabel Wolf, manager of Wolf International Artists Management, and...Read more
By Barb Van AttaIn a year that saw financial upheaval for even the nation’s most prestigious arts organizations, the Broome County Arts Council’s annual Heart of the Arts awards are going to people who have had the courage to guide established groups in new directions and the vision to launch new opportunities for artists and arts lovers in our community. Three HOTA awards are granted every year. The 2011 recipients, announced today (Sept. 21) at a press conference at the BCAC office,...