TCO’s ‘Cosi’ is a must-see

Reviewed by Tony Villecco

 If there were any concerns about the effect of what General Director Reed Smith has described as the “significant changes” made this year by our local opera company, they clearly were dispelled last evening (Oct. 13) as I witnessed the final dress rehearsal for Mozart’s delightful “Cosi Fan Tutte” at The Forum. Tri-Cities Opera’s production officially opens Friday (Oct. 15).

Under John Mario Di Costanzo, the already-fine TCO orchestra never has sounded better. The playing was much tighter, cleaner and brighter than in some of the past productions I have seen. Di Costanzo’s attention to detail in every aspect of the score brought a crisper realization of Mozart’s brilliant writing for instruments and his understanding of the human voice. After a marvelous reading of the opera’s overture (the theme of which is repeated near the end of the opera), Di Costanzo, TCO’s new music and associate artistic director, was consistent throughout in guiding the musicians to realize a nearly perfect ensemble. Read the rest of this entry »

Third Thursday conversation planned at Cooperative Gallery 213

Another season of Third Thursday events will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at Cooperative Gallery 213, 213 State St., Binghamton. The public is invited to join Barbara Bernstein and Karen Kuff-Demicco, the current exhibiting artists at the gallery, in a conversation about “Clay, Glass and the Figure,” discussing the influence of the artistic medium on the portrayal of the human figure. Come share your thoughts on art and arts related topics with a group of like-minded artists or art lovers. Lively but friendly discussion is guaranteed on the third Thursday of every month.

And, if you have participated in previous Third Thursday programs, please share your thoughts here in BAMirror.

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