BU Opera Ensemble Presents ‘Billy Goats Gruff’

The Binghamton University Music Department's Opera Ensemble presents composer John Davies' 40 minute opera for children, 'Billy Goats Gruff'. The composer and the Opera Ensemble's Music Director, Willie Anthony Waters, talk about the opera and their casts of singers. Mr. Davies (pictured) explains how he uses preexisting music from operas where similar situations are encountered. Mr. Waters also gives us a heads-up that he will be on the Metropolitan Opera live Saturday broadcast's Opera Quiz twice this coming season. http://wskg.org/audio/billygoats.mp3

 

Photo credit: Binghamton University Music Department

A New Opera Tells the Story of Colonel Jim Thompson

Col. Jim Thompson was held nearly nine years as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War. Tom Philpott's book about that ordeal and Thompson's subsequent return to the USA has been adapted into an opera by composer Tom Cipullo.  Tri-Cities Opera will offer five performances of it in the Opera Center on Clinton Street in Binghamton.  General and Artistic Director Susan Ashbaker and conductor Joshua Horsch talk about this powerful yet lyrical drama, and the events around the performances.  The November 11 performance will be free for veterans who reserve tickets through the Vet's Center. http://wskg.org/audio/gloryhorsch.mp3

 

Photo credit: Randy Cummings/Bunn Hill Photo

Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ Plays in a Mysterious Theatre

Kitchen Theatre welcomes Fitz&Startz Production for 'The Mystery of the Magic Flute', a re-imagining of Mozart's 'The Magic Flute' with music from other Mozart operas for a detective story for kids about a mysterious theatre. "Three American girls–Bettina age 15, Anna age 12, and Suz age 9–are off to Salzburg, Austria with their Uncle Wolfie to see the sights and experience going to the opera in Mozart’s home town. Uncle Wolfie has told his nieces about a mysterious opera house that is on a street with no name and is not on any map. Can they find it? When Uncle Wolfie turns a corner and disappears and a mysterious door appears, the girls decide to enter.

Tri-Cities Opera Presents Puccini’s ‘La Boheme’

Tri-Cities Opera presents Giacomo Puccini's 'La Boheme' in one performance on Sunday, October 15 in the Forum in downtown Binghamton. Soprano Meroe Khalia Adeeb and baritone Scott Purcell talk about the production, their cast mates, and what makes this opera such a favorite.  WSKG's Natalie Shoemaker streamed the interview and a subsequent question and answer session live on Facebook.  You can see that here. http://wskg.org/audio/boheme.mp3

 

Photo credit: Randy Cummings/Bunn Hill Photo

Opera Ithaca Presents ‘Pagliacci’ at Circus Culture

Opera Ithaca presents Ruggero Leoncavallo's versimo opera 'Pagliacci' at Circus Culture in Ithaca. Director Zachary James joined us via Skype from New York just as the company was preparing to present the opera at The Slipper Room in the East Village in Manhattan. He talks about incorporating circus acts into the commedia dell'arte elements of the opera. http://wskg.org/audio/pagliacci.mp3

 

Photo credit: Opera Ithaca

Geneva Light Opera presents Mozart's 'Don Giovanni'

Geneva Light Opera presents Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's dramma giocoso 'Don Giovanni'. Jimi James, the baritone singing the title role, joins us along with General Manager Gena Rangel to talk about this unique and challenging work that runs the gamut from high drama to slapstick comedy. http://wskg.org/audio/genevadon.mp3

 

Photo credit: Kevin Schoonover for Geneva Light Opera

Opera Ithaca Presents Rossini's 'Cinderella' in Three Performances

Opera Ithaca is presenting Gioachino Rossini's version the the Cinderella story for two full-length performances and one performance of a short children's version. General Director Zachary James and hair and make-up coordinator Dorothy Peterson talk about the history of the original version, staging this effervescent comedy with a large cast, and adding choreography.  They also tell about their visit to a vast costume warehouse to find appropriate clothing for the cast -- and finding some costumes specially made for well-known singers. http://wskg.org/audio/cinderella.mp3