Tri-Cities Opera Announces Terrence McNally’s
"Master Class"Tri-Cities Opera is presenting a company premiere, Terrence McNally’s Tony Award-winning play, MASTER CLASS, which will be performed in the Opera Center’s intimate Savoca Hibbitt Hall at 315 Clinton Street from February 23-25, 2018. MASTER CLASS marks the third production of TCO’s 69th season, and its first time collaboration with Theatre Street Productions. It will also commemorate the 40th anniversary of Maria Callas’ passing and the 95th year of her birth.
Reviewed by Sherri Streichman Glory Denied, an opera in two tableaux by Tom Cipullo,tells the story of Major Jim Thompson, the longest-held American prisoner of the Vietnam War. Based on a book by Tom Philpott, it employs two singers as the younger and older Thompson and two singers as the younger and older Alyce, his wife. Performances began last weekend (Nov. 10-12) and conclude this coming weekend (Nov. 17 and 19) at Tri-Cities Opera's Opera Center, 315 Clinton St., Binghamton. I’ll ask my usual question first: Is it...Read more
Reviewed by George Basler A lot of words could describe Hydrogen Jukebox: experimental, anti-establishment, provocative and surreal. So Tri-Cities Opera deserves credit for taking on this challenging work in a production that opened April 21 and will continue with performances this weekend. The production is admirably directed by Alison Moritz and well sung by a cast of six young performers. The opera itself, however, is a mixed bag with moments of emotional intensity and beauty intermixed with stretches of hippie-dippy musings that a young Woody Allen would have had...Read more
By Barb Van Atta For its 69th season, Tri-Cities Opera again will divide its performance time between Broome County’s performing arts center and the opera company’s own newly refurbished headquarters. The season will open at The Forum, 236 Washington St., Binghamton, with a fully staged production of Puccini’s lyrical heartbreaker La Boheme. The 3 p.m. Oct. 15 performance will star Meroë Khalia Adeeb (Mimi), Jordan Schreiner (Rodolfo), Stacey Geyer (Musetta), Scottt Purcell (Marcello) and Schaunard (Jake Stamatis). All are debuting their role. La Boheme will be sung in...Read more
Reviewed by Tony Villecco Tri-Cities Opera has offered up a delicious concoction in the popular opera based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale Hansel and Gretel. Engelbert Humperdinck's opera has been enchanting adults and children alike since 1893, and TCO's production, which opened Friday (Nov. 11) did not disappoint. A small chamber orchestra led by conductor Vlad Iftinca plied out the score with accuracy and a spirited flow that kept the action moving on the stage of the Opera Center's Savoca Hibbitt Hall. The story of two misbehaving children...Read more
Reviewed by George Basler Theatron Productions began a few years ago with the laudable goal of staging older musicals that are not frequently seen in the Binghamton area. But, good intentions aside, the company’s production of The Robber Bridegroom, which runs through this weekend at the Tri Cities Opera Center in Binghamton, is long on corn and short on charm. The musical has an intriguing history. Alfred Uhry (Driving Miss Daisy) wrote the book and lyrics, and Robert Waldman composed the music, based on a Southern Gothic novella...Read more
By Barb Van Atta Tri-Cities Opera’s transformational efforts, begun this season by General Director Susan S. Ashbaker, will continue and expand in the 2016-2017 season. For the 2015-2016 season, productions have been evenly divided between The Forum, 236 Washington St., Binghamton, and the Opera Center, 315 Clinton St., Binghamton. Next season, only one of the four productions will be at the 1,500-seat, Broome County-owned performing arts center. Three will be in TCO’s newly revamped “black box theater” at the Opera Center, which holds approximately 200 people.