Binghamton operastad i New York
Binghamton är en stad i Broome County i den amerikanska delstaten New York med en yta av 28,6 kvadratkilometer och en befolkning, som uppgår till ca 47 376 invånare. Binghamton är administrativ huvudort i Broome County.
Founded in 1949 by Peyton Hibbitt and Carmen Savoca in Binghamton, New York, Tri-Cities Opera Company stages three full-scale operas per season during the fall, winter and spring months. Furthermore, Tri-Cities Opera’s Resident Artist Training Program offers aspiring opera singers a unique blend of instruction and practical experience. The company also maintains a Set & Costume Rental business that offers over 25 unique opera settings and numerous costumes for rental to other opera companies.
Over the course of his career with Tri-Cities Opera, Mr. Savoca directed all but three of the productions presented over 49 seasons including the world premieres of Myron Fink’s Jeremiah in 1962 and Chinchilla in 1986, and Ezra Laderman’s Galileo Galilei in 1979. His directing credits outside of Tri-Cities Opera include work with Chautauqua Opera Association, Edmonton Opera, Arizona Opera, Oklahoma City Opera, Wichita Opera and the New York City Opera.
A gifted singer, he performed title roles in Rigoletto, The Barber of Seville and the world premiere of Jeremiah in his early career. Mr. Savoca also served on music panel of the New York State Council on the Arts and for 20 years was an adjunct professor and co-director of the Master of Music in Opera program at Binghamton University. In 1993, Savoca and Hibbitt were given the University Medal by Binghamton University President Lois DeFleur. One of the highest honors the University can bestow, it is given to persons who perform distinguished service to the University, to higher education, and to the community.
In 1992, Savoca and Hibbitt were given a Special Citation by New York Governor Mario Cuomo, “[I]n recognition of their role in forming the Tri-Cities Opera Company and developing the company into an acclaimed cultural institution.”
For many audience members, Skrabalak became the voice and face of Tri-Cities Opera through his popular Operalogues (pre-performance previews), which, in witty fashion, demystified the sometimes incomprehensible opera plots. That same wit and intelligence helped him mold Tri-Cities Opera’s volunteer chorus into a critically acclaimed ensemble.