Reviewed by Sherri Strichman Last night (Feb. 17) Tri-Cities Opera-goers were treated to seemingly unconnected works, written by two seemingly unconnected composers from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The result was a well-received double bill, brilliantly conceived, produced and performed. The first half of the evening was devoted to the cabaret songs, or Brettl-Lieder, of Arnold Schoenberg. For those who are panic-stricken by the composer’s very name, fear not. These are from his late romantic period, before he went all 12-tonal. They are beautifully lyrical pieces...Read more
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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 Disclosure: I love Rossini opera. So why did it take so long Friday night (Feb. 6) for me to warm up to Tri-Cities Opera’s new production of The Italian Girl in Algiers? The singing was very good. Director Dorothy Danner gave her young and energetic cast a lively staging. The orchestra, led by William Hobbs, ably supported the singers and the drama. Robert Little’s set was attractive and functional, making use of rolling screens to delineate rooms in a palace. The costumes, coordinated by...Read more