Tag Archives: Rossini

Reviewed by Sherri Strichman Tri-Cities Opera opened its season last night (Oct. 23) with a wonderful production of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. It was beautiful to look at, thanks to scenic designer Robert Little, lighting designer John E. Vestal, costume designer Barbara Wolfe and coordinator Jana Kucera, and makeup and hair designer Danielle Baker. The plot, in 50 words or less: Count Almaviva, disguised as a poor student, Lindoro, enlists the aid of Figaro the barber in courting Rosina. She is kept under strict watch by her guardian,...
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Reviewed by Sherri Strichman Disclosure: I love Rossini opera. So why did it take so long Friday night (Feb. 6) for me to warm up to Tri-Cities Opera’s new production of The Italian Girl in Algiers? The singing was very good. Director Dorothy Danner gave her young and energetic cast a lively staging.  The orchestra, led by William Hobbs, ably supported the singers and the drama. Robert Little’s set was attractive and functional, making use of rolling screens to delineate rooms in a palace. The costumes, coordinated by...
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Reviewed by Lee Shepherd Fantastic soloist, fantastic orchestra, fantastic music -- in the words of Binghamton Philharmonic Maestro José-Luis Novo, “It doesn’t get any better than that.” Actually, it did last Sunday (Jan. 23). Guest soloist James Ehnes played Mozart’s Violin Concerto No., 3, K. 216, in G Major on one of the best violins ever crafted – a Stradivarius. (Ehnes plays the “Marsick” Stradivarius of 1715, on loan from the Fulton Collection.) While a quiet instrument, the violin possesses a color palette that puts a rainbow...
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