Chinese opera venture has auspicious BU debut

Reviewed by David L. Schriber

What an exciting evening Friday,Nov. 6, as the Confucius Institute of Chinese Opera at Binghamton University (CICOBU) formally opened. We were among the 1,000 or so persons filling the Osterhout Concert Theater at BU’s Anderson Center to witness the inauguration and an hour-long sampler of classical Chinese opera. It was a delightful evening’s entertainment that carried the sense of a historic beginning for a new art form in Greater Binghamton. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Wonderful ‘Figaro’ at Tri-Cities Opera

Review submitted by Tony Villecco

To open its 61st season, Binghamton’s Tri-Cities Opera has produced a visually and vocally sparkling “Le Nozze di Figaro.” Mozart’s perennial favorite, based on the story by Beaumarchais with libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte, has retained all of its humor and pathos, commenting on the division of class structure with as much relevance today as when it premiered in 1786. But make no mistake, it is the music that shines, and the majority of these young singers rose to its challenges. Read the rest of this entry »

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