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

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

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