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

TCO Presents 'Hydrogen Jukebox'

Tri-Cities Opera presents an opera unique in its genesis and format. In ‘Hydrogen Jukebox’ poet Allen Ginsberg and composer Philip Glass collaborated on settings of some of Ginsberg’s most powerful poetry. Stage director Alison Moritz has given the songs shape by adding actor Bill Gorman in the last days of Ginsberg’s life. Maestro Braden Toan leads a chamber orchestra and singers Stacey Geyer, Abigail Smith, Mary Beth Nelson, Jordan Schreiner, Scott Purcell, and Jake Stamatis. http://wskg.org/audio/hydrogen.mp3

 

Photo credit: Randy Cummings via Tri-Cities Opera

Opera Ithaca Honors Edward M. Murray with a Voice Competition

Opera Ithaca is presenting its inaugural Edward M. Murray Competition of Voice on Sunday, March 19 from 2pm to 7pm in the Community School of Music and Arts. It is free and open to the public.  Artistic Director Lynn Craver and General Director Zachary James (pictured), both singers themselves, join us to talk about the avalanche of submissions they received from all over the world, and about the legacy of Edward M. Murray himself. http://wskg.org/audio/operacompetition.mp3

 

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TCO Celebrates 2017

Tri-Cities Opera has not been around for a century, but their home started life one hundred years ago as the Lithuanian Social Hall on Clinton Street in Binghamton’s First Ward. The New Year’s party celebrates that heritage with songs associated with 1917. Director of Community Engagement John Rozzoni talks about the celebration, the singers, and the music. http://wskg.org/audio/122616TCO.mp3

 

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Tri-Cities Opera Presents Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’

Tri-Cities Opera is presenting Giuseppe Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’ in one performance on Sunday, October 16 in the Forum in downtown Binghamton.  Director David Lefkowich talks about the non-traditional staging of the opera, with the orchestra onstage.  Baritone Timothy LeFebvre, who spent twenty years with TCO as a student and then as a resident artist,  returns to Binghamton for the role of Giorgio Germont, a role he first sang with Tri-Cities Opera. Also returning to Binghamton is Meroe Khalia Adeeb in the role of Violetta. http://wskg.org/audio/Traviata.mp3

 

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Tri-Cities Opera Presents Verdi's 'La Traviata'

Tri-Cities Opera is presenting Giuseppe Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’ in one performance on Sunday, October 16 in the Forum in downtown Binghamton.  Director David Lefkowich talks about the non-traditional staging of the opera, with the orchestra onstage.  Baritone Timothy LeFebvre, who spent twenty years with TCO as a student and then as a resident artist,  returns to Binghamton for the role of Giorgio Germont, a role he first sang with Tri-Cities Opera. Also returning to Binghamton is Meroe Khalia Adeeb in the role of Violetta. http://wskg.org/audio/Traviata.mp3

 

Photo credit: Pipers Creek via Flickr

Opera and Beer Mix in a Tri-Cities Opera Event

Tri-Cities Opera presents ‘Opera and Beer’ at the Garage Taco Bar, the corner of Washington and Henry Streets in downtown Binghamton. The five resident artists of Tri-Cities Opera, Jake Stamatis, Mary Beth Nelson, Stacey Geyer, Scott Purcell, and Jordan Schreiner, and students of the M.M. in Opera Program at Binghamton University serenade the patrons with drinking songs and other show-stoppers from operas, accompanied by lots of beer, including Binghamton Brewing Company’s new “Tri-Cities Hopera”. http://wskg.org/audio/operabeer.mp3

 

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Ancient Roman pantomime finds a new voice

Pantomime was hugely popular in ancient Rome, but virtually nothing is known about them, other than that they were entertainments performed by one dancer accompanied by chorus and vocal soloists. Composer Santino DeAngelo has researched this lost art and created his own short pantomime based on the myth of Narcissus.  Narcissus premieres on Thursday, January 21 at the Tri-Cities Opera Center as part of A Walk on the Wild Side.  The program also includes selections from recent operas sung by artists from Tri-Cities Opera.  WSKG will broadcast Narcissus this coming spring as a WSKG Arts Presents special. Composer Santino DeAngelo, dramaturg Marty Murray, and director Austin Tooley talk about reviving this lost art. http://wskg.org/audio/narcissus2016.mp3

 

Photo courtesy Santino DeAngelo

Tri-Cities Opera is looking forward to the new year

Tri-Cities Opera is bringing in the New Year with Midnight in Paris at the Binghamton Club, with Parisian music from the TCO Resident Artists. Then in January, A Walk on the Wide Side with music from new operas, as well as the first public performance of Santino DeAngelo’s recreation of a Roman pantomime with original music, Narcissus.  February brings two one-act American operas, Gian-Carlo Menotti’s comedy The Telephone and Leonard Bernstein’s jazz-influenced Trouble in Tahiti.  TCO’s John Rozzoni joins us to talk about all of these. http://www.wskg.org/audio/paris.mp3

Photo provided by Tri-Cities Opera: AmArA’s evocation of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”