Reviewed by Sherri Strichman Sunday afternoon (Oct. 15), Tri-Cities Opera treated its audience at The Forum to an excellent production of Puccini's La Boheme. If the object was to fill seats by having only one, well-done performance of a popular opera from the standard repertoire, the company succeeded. The entire cast was solid in its singing and acting, and the performance quality was heightened in every scene by the rapport among the characters. The four young men in their Parisian garret – Jordan Schreiner as Rodolfo, Scott...Read more
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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
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.
Reviewed by Sherri Strichman Tri-Cities Opera opened its season last night (Oct. 23) with a wonderful production of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. It was beautiful to look at, thanks to scenic designer Robert Little, lighting designer John E. Vestal, costume designer Barbara Wolfe and coordinator Jana Kucera, and makeup and hair designer Danielle Baker. The plot, in 50 words or less: Count Almaviva, disguised as a poor student, Lindoro, enlists the aid of Figaro the barber in courting Rosina. She is kept under strict watch by her guardian,...Read more
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...Read more