Met opens with first-ever ‘Anna Bolena’

Believe it or not, the Metropolitan Opera had never mounted a production of Donizetti’s “Anna Bolena” before this season. The opera — and the Met’s 2011-12 season — debuted Monday (Sept. 26); here’s a link to The New York Times review: http://tinyurl.com/4xcevxa.

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TCO ‘Elixir’ should prove aural and visual treat

EDITOR’S NOTE: Reviewer Tony Villecco attended Wednesday’s final dress rehearsal for the Tri-Cities Opera production of “The Elixir of Love” and heard the opening night cast. Performances are at 8 p.m today (April 30) and 3 p.m. Sunday (May 2) at The Forum, 236 Washington St., Binghamton. Tickets: Call 772-0400, or visit www.tricitiesopera.com.

Reviewed by Tony Villecco

The first time I saw Donizetti’s comic opera “The Elixir of Love” was in the ’80s, and Richard Leech sang Nemorino, the romantic tenor lead. He then went on to both national and international acclaim. I predict the same will happen with Tri-Cities Opera Resident Artist Kirk Dougherty. Make no mistake — Dougherty has the goods, and then some. Not only is he in procession of an exceptionally beautiful tenor, but he projects well, is a very capable actor and has stage presence to boot. The opera’s most famous aria, “Una furtiva lagrima,” was delivered beautifully. Read the rest of this entry »

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