An Inside Look at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions

A native of Waterloo, NY, mezzo-soprano Lindsay Kate Brown was one of nine finalists in the Grand Finals Concert, out of thousands of singers from around the world.  She talks to us by phone from Houston, where she is with the Houston Grand Opera, about the process, and about a dizzying week when she sang in the Metropolitan Opera Grand Finals Concert, and won another competition just two days before.  

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Peace Amidst War In Opera At Glimmerglass Festival

ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Cooperstown, New York means one thing to baseball fans  – the Hall of Fame, And another thing to opera fans – The Glimmerglass Festival, held every summer.

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

 

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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

 

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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

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

 

Photo credit: Opera Ithaca

Tenor Michael Calmes Performs in Two Concerts

Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church welcomes Boston-based tenor Michael Calmes in concert with Trinity’s organist Timothy Smith for two concerts. The First Friday concert at 7pm is ‘Broadway to Hollywood’ with soprano Christina Taylor, and then on Sunday at 7pm they present ‘Canzona’ with arias, art songs, and sacred works.  Michael Calmes talks about the programs and how his family’s dairy cows helped him learn to sing. http://wskg.org/audio/calmes.mp3

 

Photo credit: Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church

New York Met Unveils 2017-18 Opera Season

WSKG Public Media will again present the New York Metropolitan Opera’s 87th consecutive Saturday Matinee Radio Broadcast season.  These live broadcasts commonly begin in early afternoon on WSKG Radio. It kicks off on December 2, 2017 with a live broadcast of Verdi’s Requiem and continues through the May 5 matinee of Roméo et Juliette. The broadcast season will once again be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network. Mary Jo Heath returns for her third season as host and Ira Siff returns for his 11th season as commentator for the broadcasts, which feature a range of dynamic intermission features, live backstage interviews with artists, and the ever-popular Opera Quiz. The Metropolitan Opera’s full 2017-18 season will feature 220 performances of 26 works, including two Met premieres.

TCO Pairs a Comedy by Ravel with Cabaret Songs by Schoenberg

Tri-Cities Opera is presenting a double-bill of Arnold Schoenberg’s early cabaret songs, the Brettl-lieder paired with Maurice Ravel’s effervescent comedy ‘L’Heure Espagnole’. Stage Director James Kenon Mitchell talks about turning the Brettl-lieder into a mini-autobiography of Marilyn Monroe and linking the songs to Ravel’s comedy and its fiery, yet frustrated leading lady, Concepcion.  Soprano Stacey Geyer talks about the various sources for the texts used in the Brettl-lieder, and about playing the Marilyn Monroe character. http://wskg.org/audio/brettl.mp3

 

Photo credit: Randy Cummings of Bunn Hill Photography for Tri-Cities Opera

Opera Ithaca Presents 'The Abduction from the Seraglio'

Opera Ithaca presents Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s comedy ‘The Abduction from the Seraglio’ in a gala New Year’s Eve performance in the Kitchen Theatre of Ithaca.  Artistic Director, soprano Lynn Craver and General Director, bass Zachary James talk about returning to Ithaca to form this young opera company, as well as the challenges of putting together a full opera in just a few days. http://wskg.org/audio/1228seraglio.mp3

 

Photo credit: Opera Ithaca

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

 

Photo credit: Tri-Cities Opera

BU's Opera Ensemble Presents Excerpts from 'Suor Angelica' and "Tales of Hoffmann'

UPDATE: The venue of the Saturday, December 10 performance has been changed to the Chamber Hall of the Anderson Center. The Binghamton University Music Department’s Opera Ensemble is presenting scenes from Giacomo Puccini’s ‘Suor Angelica’ and Jacques Offenbach’s ‘The Tales of Hoffmann’ in two peformances.  Performances are Sunday, December 4 at 3pm in the Ballroom of the Phelps Mansion Museum on Court Street in Binghamton, and again on Saturday, December 10 at 7:30 in Watters Theatre of the Fine Arts Building.  the Chamber Hall of the Anderson Center on the Binghamton University campus. http://wskg.org/audio/operascenes.mp3

 

Photo credit: Binghamton University Music Department

Tenor Timothy Fallon Performs Liszt, Schubert, and Beach in Binghamton

Tenor Timothy Fallon and pianist Ammiel Bushakevitz are presenting a recital at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church on Leroy Street in Binghamton on Saturday, November 26 at 7:30.  The program includes music by Franz Liszt, Franz Schubert, and Amy Beach. The recital is part of a series of concerts culminating in their debut at Wigmore Hall in London in January. The Bis recording label has just released their recording of songs by Liszt. http://wskg.org/audio/timfallon.mp3

 

Photo credit: Timothy Fallon

‘Hansel & Gretel’ Event Open to Families

Join WSKG and Tri-Cities Opera for an afternoon of operatic storytelling! Enjoy a twenty minute version of ‘Hansel & Gretel’ as presented by Tri-Cities Opera. Children can also make a craft, try a PBS KIDS ‘Super Why’ activity, and meet opera performers. Sunday, November 6, 2016 | 1:00pm-2:00pm

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'Hansel & Gretel' Event Open to Families

Join WSKG and Tri-Cities Opera for an afternoon of operatic storytelling! Enjoy a twenty minute version of ‘Hansel & Gretel’ as presented by Tri-Cities Opera. Children can also make a craft, try a PBS KIDS ‘Super Why’ activity, and meet opera performers. Sunday, November 6, 2016 | 1:00pm-2:00pm

WSKG Studios | 601 Gates Road Vestal, NY

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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

 

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Hamlet's Ophelia Steps to the Front of the Stage in Franklin

The Franklin Stage Company present ‘The Ophelia Project’ this weekend.  In Shakespeare’s play ‘Hamlet’ she is the victim of Hamlet’s feigned madness and a reason for her brother Laertes to challenge Hamlet to a duel.  In operatic treatments she gives the composer an excuse to write a mad scene. But what is she really about? Soprano Cree Carrico and director Christopher Mirto present a musical exploration of this familiar, yet enigmatic character. http://wskg.org/audio/ophelia.mp3

 

Photo credit: Franklin Stage Company

A Familiar Opera in a New Guise

The Franklin Stage Company presents Opera MODO’s production of Bizet’s ‘Carmen’.  At its premiere in 1875, ‘Carmen’ challenged audience with title character’s courage, sense of liberation, and her dark sense of humor. This opera company from Detroit has reset this tuneful favorite in a women’s prison, with the title character as a transgender woman sung by a countertenor. http://wskg.org/audio/carmenfranklin.mp3

 

Photo credit: Franklin Stage Company and Opera MODO

Amelita Galli-Curci

In 1916, Amelita Galli-Curci, an Italian born opera singer, arrived in the United States as a virtual unknown. Galli-Curci had made a small name for herself singing and traveling in Europe and now looked to tackle the American stage. Very quickly Galli-Curci met with great acclaim and rose through the ranks performing at renowned theatres around the country. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FruX_F4Z7g

‘Uniquely New York’ is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Links:
Path Through History
WSKG’s Path Through History
Delaware County Historical Association

Photos Courtesy of:
Delaware County Historical Association
Library of Congress
Wikimedia Commons

A Conductor has One Foot in Opera, the Other in Broadway

Conductor Braden Toan is leading Tri-Cities Opera’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s musical thriller ‘Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street’. With experience conducting long-running Broadway hits and also uptown at City Opera, he is equally at home with opera and musical theatre.  He talks about his techniques of working with opera singers and the challenges of those works that straddle the opera/Broadway line.  He also talks about his journey from the bassoon section to the podium. http://wskg.org/audio/Bradentoan.mp3

 

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Tri-Cities Opera Presents a Musical Thriller

Tri-Cities Opera is presenting Stephen Sondheim’s musical thriller ‘Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street’. It’s a challenging show in many ways, and we hear from the singers playing Mrs. Lovett, Jenni Bank, and Sweeney Todd, Philip Cutlip. http://wskg.org/audio/jenniphilip.mp3

 

 

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An Opera is Revived After 400 Years

A team of musicians under the direction of Cornell University professor Neal Zaslaw has created a performing edition of Agostino Agazzari’s 1606 pastoral opera ‘Eumelio’.  The Cornell Early Music Lab is performing it on March 19 and 20 in the Klarman Hall Auditorium. http://wskg.org/audio/eumelio.mp3

 

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Tri-Cities Opera Presents Two One-Act Operas by Menotti and Bernstein

Gian-Carlo Menotti’s comedy ‘The Telephone’ and Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Trouble in Tahiti’ are presented in the round in the Tri-Cities Opera Center, 315 Clinton Street in Binghamton in four performances this weekend. Stage Director Carleen Graham and conductor Warren Jones talk about this innovative production. http://wskg.org/audio/tahiti2.mp3

 

Photo credit: Bunn Hill Photo and Randy Cummings

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”

"Glitter and Gold" pairs period music with the Phelps Mansion architecture

Theatre Street Productions presents Glitter and Gold: Operatic Jewels of the Gilded Age, music from the era when the Phelps family built their home on Court Street in Binghamton. Soprano Andrea Gregori, mezzo-soprano Kasey Stewart, tenor Steven Nanni, and pianist Margaret Reitz perform selections from opera and Gilbert and Sullivan in the ballroom of the Phelps Mansion.  This past summer they performed at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Harrogate, Great Britain.   The Mansion is decorated for the holidays, and the singers are in period costumes. The concert is on Sunday, December 20th at 3pm. http://wskg.org/audio/glitterphelps.mp3

Photo courtesy of Angel Zdimal

BU Music presents an enduring Christmas favorite

Binghamton University Music Department presents two Sunday matinees of Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors.  Originally written for television, Menotti wrote it so that it could be easily staged in a theatre.  Stage Director Steven Nanni, Music Director Willie Waters, and Henry Wager, the boy soprano singing the title character, talk about why this short opera is so beloved. http://wskg.org/audio/amahl2015.mp3

Photo courtesy Binghamton University Music Department

Tri-Cities Opera presents Tchaikovsky's fairy-tale opera "Iolanta"

Tri-Cities Opera is presenting their first production in Russian with English surtitles. Iolanta was Tchaikovsky’s final opera, a one-act fairy tale, written as a companion piece to The Nutcracker.  General Director Susan Ashbaker is your host and Binghamton University professor Paul Schleuse explains the plot of the opera assisted by singers from the cast. Iolanta: Abigail Rethwisch

Marta: Lindsay Kate Brown

Brigitta: Stacey Geyer

Laura: Mary Beth Nelson

Bertrand: Josiah Davis

Almeric: Quinn Bernegger

King Rene: Andrew Hiers

Ibn-Hakia: Jake Stamatis

Robert: John Viscardi

Count Vaudemont: Jordan Schreiner

Music Director and accompanist: Yelena Kurdina

Stage Director: James Kenon Mitchell

Set Designer: Amara Kopakova

Photo provided by Tri-Cities Opera

Tri-Cities Opera presents a fairy tale opera by Tchaikovsky

Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s one-act fairy tale opera Iolanta began as a companion piece to The Nutcracker. It is familiar to Russian audiences, but is only now becoming popular outside of Russia. Tri-Cities Opera has chosen it to inaugurate the recently renovated Savoca-Hibbitt Hall of the Opera Center on Clinton St. in Binghamton.  Performed in Russian with English supertitles, it features soprano Abigail Rethwisch in the title role. http://www.wskg.org/audio/iolanta.mp3

 

Photo courtesy Tri-Cities Opera

Love, Lies & Laughter: A Night at the Opera

WSKG Arts and the Tri-Cities Opera proudly present “Love, Lies and Laughter: A Night at the Opera”. This hour-long program features performances from TCO’s resident artists that run the emotional gamut. WSKG Classical Music Director Bill Snyder hosts and he is joined by Tri-Cities Opera General Director Susan Ashbaker. She discusses the storied history of this long running cultural institution, how the performances for this program were chosen and the recent remodel of the Opera House on Clinton Street in Binghamton. https://youtu.be/1KI8J8bIkkk

SETLIST:
-Abigail Rethwisch “Martern aller Arten”
-Jake Stamatis “Aprite un po’ quegli’ occhi”
-Emily Dalessio “Ah scostati…Smanie implacabili”
-Stacey Guyer & Jake Stamatis “Papageno/Papagena Duet”
-Quinn Bernegger “Un’aura amorosa”
-Lindsay Brown “O Mio Fernando”
-Stacey Guyer “Quel guardo…So anch’io”
-Jordan Schreiner “Una furtiva lagrima”
-Christina Russo “Va!

Tri-Cities Opera 2015-2016 Season Preview

WSKG Classical Music Director Bill Snyder is joined by Tri-Cities Opera General Manager Susan Ashbaker to discuss their new season. Susan talks about the renovations of the Opera House on Clinton Street in Binghamton and the schedule of performances for the upcoming season. There is also a small performance clip from “Love, Lies and Laughter: A Night at the Opera”, which premieres Thursday, October 22 at 8:00 on WSKG. Please visit tricitiesopera.com for more information about their exciting 2015-2016 season. https://youtu.be/nG5KzmxUBz4

Mezzo Raehann Bryce-Davis is part of a duet concert in Stamford

The Friends of Music of Stamford, NY present an afternoon of vocal music at the Stamford United Methodist Church with mezzo-soprano Raehann Bryce-Davis, baritone Robert Mellon, and pianist Thomas Muraco. Ms. Bryce-Davis lived in Binghamton as a child and was a member of the Treble Choir at Trinity Episcopal Church, and Maestro Muraco recently conducted Tri-Cities Opera’s production of Gounod’s Faust. It’s a wide-ranging program of songs by American composer Amy Beach and German composer Hugo Wolf, along with some Broadway and zarzuela selection, capped by a stormy duet from Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana. http://www.wskg.org/audio/stamfordfriends.mp3

 

Photos courtesy Raehann Bryce-Davis

Tri-Cities Opera presents Gounod's "Faust"

Stage Director Martha Collins and Coordinator of Marketing and Events John Rozzoni speak with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about Tri-Cities Opera’s production of Charles Gounod’s opera Faust.  Based on the play by Goethe, it’s the timeless tale of an elderly scientist who sells his soul to the devil, the charmingly deceitful Mephistopheles, in exchange for youth and love.  Martha Collins started out as an opera singer — she can be seen in the Cher-Nicholas film Moonstruck as singing the role of Mimi in the production of La Boheme that the couple attends — but finds directing much more fun.  

 

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Faust

General Manager Susan Ashbaker hosts as Binghamton University professor Paul Schleuse describes the plot of Faust. Hear excerpts sung by cast members from Tri-Cities Opera’s production created by Charles Gounod. We also hear remarks from Conductor Thomas Muraco and Stage Director Martha Collins. Read a synopsis of Faust. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1039412.mp3

Faust: Chris Trapani
Marguerite: Rebecca Heath
Mephistopheles: Brandon Coleman
Valentin: Daniel Scofield
Siebel: Meaghan Heath
Martha: Lindsay Brown
Wagner: Josiah Davis

Accompanist: Michael Lewis

February 5, 2015 | Gilbert & Sullivan Players; Bill Cowdery; Marc Lawrence talks about The Rewrite

The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players bring their revue, A Little Twist, to Geneva. Bill Cowdery talks about romance and lawsuits in the early days of Cornell University set to music in the operetta Jennie’s Will. Binghamton University alumnus Marc Lawrence talks about his film The Rewrite, which has a screening at the Anderson Center this weekend, and about teaching Hugh Grant how to say “Binghamton.” https://youtu.be/WhEVfpHH9Vk

The Italian Girl in Algiers

With it’s manic, but pristine music, The Italian Girl in Algiers is an innovation turned classic. General Manager Susan Ashbaker hosts as Binghamton University professor Paul Schleuse describes the plot. Hear excerpts sung by cast members from Tri-Cities Opera’s production of The Italian Girl in Algiers by Gioachino Rossini. We also hear remarks from Conductor William Hobbs and Stage Director Dorothy Danner. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1038474.mp3

Isabella: Mary Beth Nelson
Elvira: Rebecca Heath
Zulma: Megan Heath
Lindoro: Rexford Tester
Ali: Steven Stull
Mustafa: Daniel Noyola
Taddeo: Jake Stamatis

Accompanist: Michael Lewis

 

Rigoletto

Follow the tragic story around the licentious Duke of Mantua, his hunch-backed Rigoletto, and Rigoletto’s beautiful daughter Gilda. Conductor Andrew Bizantz and Stage Director David Lefkowich preview Tri-Cities Opera’s production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto. We also hear from General Manager Susan Ashbaker and Binghamton University professor Paul Schleuse. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1037014.mp3

Baritone Guido Lebron was indisposed during the taping and the cast solves that problem ingeniously. Gilda: Meroe Adeeb
Duke of Mantua: Christopher Trapani
Maddalena: Meaghan Heath
Saparafucile: Brandon Coleman
Monterone: Tom Goodheart
Ceprano: Jake Stamatis
Marullo: Codyray Caho
Borsa: Jordan Schreiner
Giovanna: Lindsay Brown
Countess Ceprano: Jenny Gac
a Page:Stacey Geyer
a Palace Usher: Tarek Chams

Accompanist and chorus master: Michael Lewis.

The Belleayre Music Festival presents Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor"

Artistic Director Donald Westwood speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the production of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor at the Belleayre Music Festival.  It’s his third production with the Festival for the Michigan-based director. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1035375.mp3

Photograph courtesy Dave Connor via Flickr

"The Human Voice" is heard at Franklin Stage Company

Carmela Marner and Barbara Paterson speak with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about Francis Poulenc’s one-woman opera which opens the Franklin Stage season. Poulenc based the opera on a play by Jean Cocteau, and worked closely with Cocteau and the soprano Denise Duval while composing it.  It depicts the last conversation a woman has with her lover, who now loves someone else.  

 

 

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