Tag Archives: Tchaikovsky

Reviewed by Tony Villecco Peter Ilitsch Tchaikovsky’s one-act opera, Iolanta, proved a sure-fire hit at its Binghamton premiere Thursday evening (Nov. 12) at the newly named Savoca Hibbitt Hall at the Tri-Cities Opera Center in Binghamton. Once again becoming a staple in regional houses, Iolanta was featured at the Metropolitan Opera for the first time earlier this year. As expected, the moving score did not let up for a minute, no doubt reflecting, in part, some of Tchaikovsky’s own deeply personal pain and his exuberance, as well. Originally intended...
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Reviewed by Rebecca Sheriff I was looking forward to attending the Russian Nutcracker performance at The Forum in Binghamton this past Sunday (Dec. 4). The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition conveying the magic of the season, and it had been several years since I'd participated in this holiday event.  Sunday's audience included many ballet enthusiasts and little girls dressed in holiday attire and a few more casual theater-goers. (A side note: In my humble opinion, jeans are not suitable attire for the theater, even for a matinee.)...
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Reviewed by Tony Villecco Binghamton University’s Anderson Center in its limited but varied season presented the Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra Feb. 16 to an almost sold-out audience. Founded in 1978, the orchestra concentrates on symphonic repertoire of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, primarily in Russia, although it has traveled extensively, including the United States, Italy and Korea. Appropriately performing all Russian works, Maestro Alexei Kornienko opened with Rimsky-Korsakov’s "May Night Overture." While perhaps not the most exciting piece with which to begin a program, considering the...
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