October 1st, 2022 at 7:00 PM

The Tri-Cities Opera Center

Pocket Opera Project

Transforming student stories of the Southern Tier into masterful mini-operas!

Stories abound in the Southern Tier, the Pocket Opera Project is the telling local stories, old and new, with distinct new voices! Whether that is writing a brand new story that is locally based or telling an old local story in your own way, all submissions included some elements of local history, locations, etc. 4 local students have been selected to have their “Stories of the Southern Tier” transformed into mini-operas—in collaboration with local composers.

The selected submissions include the following local stories: We Survived the Flood of 1935! by Archer McIntyre of Whitney Point, Train 61 by Sindhi Zhou of Vestal, Roberson’s Ghosts by Adrian Smith of Whitney Point and The Magical Carousel by Lora Stephens, also of Whitney Point. Each of these titles evoke meaningful reminders of historical events for Binghamtonians. These incredible “pocket operas” come with big theatrical moments and tell deeply human stories filled with adventure, tragedy and magic!

Performance Information

Run Time

Approximately 1 hr with no intermission.


Performed in English.


The Tri-Cities Opera Center, 315 Clinton Street, Binghamton, NY.



Emma Bennett
Alexander Bonner
Janine Dworin*
Kyrie Laybourn*
Felix Aguilar Tomlinson*
Laura Forero Torres
Kyle McAfee
Matthew Merolla
Alexander Walley
* denotes Tri-Cities Opera Resident Artist
denotes Binghamton University MM Opera candidate


Stage Director / Mentor / Librettist
Santino DeAngelo
Composer / Project Coordinator
Canaan J. Harris
Music Director
John Cockerill
Benjamin Palmateer
Derek Young
Nina Stutzman, flute
Meredith Gollmer, cello
John Cockerill, piano

Janine Dworin


2022–23 Resident Artist

2022/23 Season at TCO: Narrator/Rat Chorus in Mystery on the Docks; Mrs. Nolan in Madness & The Medium; Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro

Hometown: Austin, TX

Recently: UNT Opera: Lucretia in The Rape of Lucretia, Estelle Oglethorpe in Later the Same Evening, Orfeo in Orfeo ed Euridice; The Dallas Opera: Jack’s Mother & Giant’s Wife in Jack and the Beanstalk; Opera in the Ozarks: Madame de la Haltière in Cendrillon; Houston Grand Opera: Strega Nona in Strega Nona, Music Student/Ensemble in Marian’s Song; Moores Opera Center: Mama McCourt in The Ballad of Baby Doe, Zulma in L’italiana in Algeri, Smeraldina in The Love for Three Oranges, Malacorpa in The Inspector

Last updated October 2022

Kyrie Laybourn


2022–23 Resident Artist

2022/23 Season at TCO: Edwina in Mystery on the Docks; Mrs. Gobineau in Madness & The Medium; Countess Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro

Hometown: Coppell, TX

Recently: Opera Steamboat: Joanne in Company; CU NOW: Joan of the Ground in Joan of the City; Eklund Opera: Lady with a Cakebox in Postcard from Morocco, Annina in La traviata, Gertrud in Hänsel und Gretel; Boulder Opera Company: Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Lucia in Cavalleria Rusticana, Rosine in Signor Deluso

Last updated October 2022

Felix Aguilar Tomlinson


2022–23 Resident Artist

2022/23 Season at TCO: Ralph in Mystery on the Docks; Toby in Madness & The Medium; King Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors; Don Basilio in The Marriage of Figaro

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

Recently: Chautauqua Opera: Shakur in Thumbprint, Thaddeus Stevens in The Mother of Us All; Boston Lyric Opera: Luis (Cover) in Champion; Boston Conservatory Opera: Albert in Albert Herring, Tito in La clemenza di Tito, Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Younger Thompson in Glory Denied

Last updated October 2022