Tag Archives: Susan Ashbaker

By George Basler Tri Cities Opera has begun its 2015-16 season with a few changes that mark a somewhat different direction for the venerable opera company. The company will continue to perform its core repertoire of classic operas, but it also wants to present newer works, including ones by American composers. “There is so much incredible music being written that’s not easily accessible to the public,” said Eric Frei, assistant musical director with the company. TCO's expanded focus was on display last Thursday night (Sept. 17) during a welcome recital,...
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By Barb Van Atta To belabor a tonsorial metaphor, Tri-Cities Opera plans to continue grooming musical students and highlight rising stars in a 2015-2016 season bookended by the theatrical world’s most famous barbers: Figaro and Sweeney Todd. At a press conference today (March 24) at the 66-year-old company’s headquarters in Binghamton, Susan S. Ashbaker,  general director since July 2014, announced, not only the nuts and bolts of next year’s season, but a series of changes and improvements designed to boost the opera-going audience in Broome County and...
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