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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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 Pairs a Comedy by Ravel with Cabaret Songs by Schoenberg

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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

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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‘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

Space is limited and an RSVP is required using the form below. REGISTER:
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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

Space is limited and an RSVP is required using the form below. REGISTER:
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Tri-Cities Opera Presents Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’

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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'

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

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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

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

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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

 

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Ancient Roman pantomime finds a new voice

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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

 

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Tri-Cities Opera is looking forward to the new year

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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”

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

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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

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Tri-Cities Opera presents a fairy tale opera by Tchaikovsky

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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

 

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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

Love, Lies and Laughter: A Night at the Opera

Be intrigued by the stories. Be entranced by the music. Love, Lies and Laughter: A Night at the Opera, highlights some of the most beloved operatic repertoire from the Tri-Cities Opera. This preview features the entire ensemble from Tri-Cities Opera performing “Libiamo” from Verdi’s La Traviata. Soloists are Quinn Bernegger and Abigail Rethwisch.

Tri-Cities Opera presents "Speed Dating Tonight"

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Speed Dating Tonight is a new opera by Michael Ching.  It’s a humorous and sometimes moving take on the phenomenon, taking a look at some of the characters and their motivations. It’s also a work that can be re-arranged to fit the cast available, even changing genders of some of the characters. David Toulson directs the production, performed at the Tri-Cities Opera Center.  

 

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Tri-Cities Opera presents Gounod's "Faust"

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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

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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

The Italian Girl in Algiers

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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

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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.