Tag Archives: Victoria Cannizzo

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 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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Season subscriber that I am, I spent Sunday afternoon with Violetta and her crew at TCO's lovely production of "La Traviata." (See review below.) I've also been savoring all the award-winning  movies that TCM annually broadcasts as a lead-up to the Oscars. And speaking of films on TV, HBO subscribers should try to catch "The Sunset Limited," based on a  play by Cormac McCarthy. This dialogue-driven two-man show about faith (or lack thereof) is a great addition to Tommy Lee Jones' canon of top-notch performances and...
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Reviewed by Tony Villecco Attending Tri-Cities Opera's final dress rehearsal Wednesday (Feb. 9) for Giuseppe Verdi’s perennial favorite, La Traviata, I did not believe this production could surpass the excellence of last fall’s Cosi Fan Tutte. I was wrong. What maestro John Mario Di Costanzo has done is to, literally, transform the opera’s orchestra to such a high level of playing that it’s hard to imagine these already fine musicians could sound even better. Read more
[caption id="attachment_1433" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="r-l Barbara Fiala, TCO Director Reed Smith, Forum Friends Ron Sall and Sue Kirkland, TCO Board Member Dr. Michael Bogdasarian "]Barbara Fiala and Friends of the Forum [/caption] Tri-Cities Opera and the Friends of the Forum are teaming up Saturday, Feb. 5, for what is being billed as a “gala cocktail party fundraiser” to benefit the Friends’ efforts to finance improvements to the downtown...
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