A New Opera Tells the Story of Colonel Jim Thompson

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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

 

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

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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

 

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TCO Presents 'Hydrogen Jukebox'

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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

 

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TCO Celebrates 2017

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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 ‘Hansel and Gretel’

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Tri-Cities Opera is presenting Engelbert Humperdinck’s seasonal favorite ‘Hansel and Gretel’ in the Opera Center at 315 Clinton Street in Binghamton. Director Cara Consilvio and Director of Community Engagement John Rozzoni talk about the new translation that brings new life to this traditional tale. http://wskg.org/audio/hanselint.mp3

 

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Tri-Cities Opera presents 'Hansel and Gretel'

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Tri-Cities Opera is presenting Engelbert Humperdinck’s seasonal favorite ‘Hansel and Gretel’ in the Opera Center at 315 Clinton Street in Binghamton. Director Cara Consilvio and Director of Community Engagement John Rozzoni talk about the new translation that brings new life to this traditional tale. http://wskg.org/audio/hanselint.mp3

 

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Opera and Beer Mix in a Tri-Cities Opera Event

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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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