The mission of Tri-Cities Opera is the production of professional quality opera. Using the talents of young artists, we seek to benefit, enrich and educate our community.
We accomplish this mission through our Productions, Educational Outreach, and Resident Artist Training Program.
Tri-Cities Opera’s Productions predominately serve the Southern Tier of New York State and Northern Pennsylvania. Tri-Cities Opera (TCO) was founded in 1949 as a singer’s workshop. By 1952 it had grown from presenting opera excerpts, to producing fully staged complete operas. It is the oldest continuously producing main-stage opera company in upstate New York providing regional identity, patronage for local businesses, local educational opportunities, and recreational benefits that enhance the quality of life for local residents. Performances include traditional grand productions at the Forum Theater as well as innovative new productions in Savoca Hibbitt Hall, a new black-box theatre at the Opera Center on Clinton Street. Scenery and costumes produced by TCO rent throughout the USA and Canada. Winner of the Governor’s Award, NY State Council on the Arts, TCO has produced four world premieres.
TCO’s Resident Artist Training Program (RATP) is a post-graduate, education program that provides talented young singers, selected through a competitive audition process, the opportunity to learn the discipline of opera through didactic classes, private vocal coaching, master classes and professional performance opportunities, including leading roles in major productions. In 1979 TCO partnered with SUNY-Binghamton to offer an Opera Emphasis Master’s Degree. Tri-Cities Opera is proud to have a continuing, collaborative relationship with Binghamton University providing auditioned and selected students with professional stage experience and preparation. Additional concerts and events at the Opera Center provide Resident Artists and Binghamton University students the opportunity to prepare and perform a diverse array of repertoire. TCO Alumni teach, perform and direct opera all over the country and world.
TCO’s Educational Outreach is comprised programming for both children and adults. Opera-Go-Round, TCO’s Touring Education Program, has been bringing live musical performances to schools throughout New York and Pennsylvania for over 40 years. Last year TCO performed 46 shows for over 11,000 children, with the majority of shows free to attendees. Opera-Go-Round exposes school-age children to high quality music and theatrical productions through artist residencies and a variety of programming including fully-staged children’s opera and classical and Broadway revues. Free Opera Previews provide an up-close-and-personal look into the major productions as the audience is guided through the opera in a fun, informative presentation including musical excerpts from cast members.