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Reviewed by Lee Shepherd True confessions: I know Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore inside and out – but only as a pit orchestra musician. I always wondered what was going on above my head, what all the foot stomping was about and why the audience was snickering, chortling and guffawing. Friday night (July 15) in the Anderson Center, at the Summer Savoyards' eighth production of Pinafore, I found out. The operetta subtitled “The Lass That Loved A Sailor,” is simply hilarious – not just for the infectiously hummable tunes,...
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Reviewed by Sherri Strichman Tri-Cities Opera’s final production of the season, Gounod's Faust, opened last night (April 17) to great audience approval, some of it well-deserved. The opera is adapted from Goethe’s tale of an aged scholar who has become so jaded with life that he has nothing to live for. He makes a deal with the devil for youth and new experiences.  This production, conducted by Thomas Muraco, was directed by Martha Collins with scenic design by Wally Coberg, lighting design by Douglas Macur, original costume design...
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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 Tony Villecco I attended Wednesday's final dress rehearsal (Oct. 24) of Giacomo Puccini’s operatic masterpiece La Bohème, and while there were a few kinks yet to iron out, it was beautiful and musically fulfilling. Tri-Cities Opera will present two performances this weekend with an overall strong cast. No dress rehearsal is without its challenges; at times, the orchestra overshadowed the principals, especially in ensemble. The excellent chorus was ahead of the maestro during the festive second act, and lighting cues were continuing to be adjusted. Still, all...
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Reviewed by Tony Villecco How can you lose with Mozart? You can’t. I attended the final dress rehearsal Wednesday evening for Tri-Cities Opera’s production of Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) and was not disappointed. All of the principals were strong with a few standouts. No surprise here that the orchestra also was excellent under the firm hand of Maestro John Mario Di Costanzo. The overture, a signature piece, was worth the price of admission. (more…)...
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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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Reviewed by Tony Villecco Tri-Cities Opera concludes its season this weekend with a lush and haunting interpretation of Jacques Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann. When I attended the final dress rehearsal on Wednesday (April 27), there were a few rough spots and some stop-and-go, but, overall, it is another excellent production with a fine cast and a stunning orchestra led by John Mario Di Costanzo. (more…)...
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