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Reviewed by Tony Villecco Tri-Cities Opera has prepared a lavish and vibrant new production of Georges Bizet’s masterpiece, Carmen. A very full house Friday (Oct. 25) at The Forum witnessed a performance that was near perfect, with only some minor discrepancies. The production showcased both some very young voices and some more mature singers, bringing vigor to Bizet’s already powerful score. As the carefree gypsy, Carmen, mezzo Ginger Costa-Jackson started somewhat timidly. However, by the second act, she lit up like a firecracker. Her characterization was helped by the...
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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 Lee Shepherd You can see why there’s been so much fun made of Il Trovatore – even the Marx Brothers took a crack at it. It’s crazy plot, set in the mountains of Spain, includes a gypsy’s curse, a child tossed into a fire, switched identities, several vows of vengeance, duels, madness, mayhem, poisonings, burnings at the stake, brothers who hate each other (who don’t know they’re brothers –  and that’s just on the personal level. On the larger scale, you’ve got battles and armies...
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Reviewed by Lee Shepherd Mayhem … Madness … Melodrama … Magic ... The Tri-Cities Opera production of Lucia Di Lammermoor is a masterpiece, from the first fate-laden notes of the overture to the last fate-fulfilled note of the finale. (more…)...
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