Date & Time:

September 14th, 2019 at 2pm

Tri-Cities Opera Center
315 Clinton Street
Binghamton, NY 13905

$5 per person

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This imaginative version of the classic story by Carlo Collodi provides a perfect introduction to opera for little listeners. John Davies’ 40-minute adaptation features well known characters Pinocchio, Geppetto, Fox & Cat, and adds operatic zest in the form of sinister puppeteer, Dr. Dulcamara and Olympia, the mechanical girl caught in his clutches. Imparted by means of captivating scenes and songs, the opera’s message about the importance of family, friendship, and telling the truth shines through… like the Blue Fairy! The shorter staging is ideal for elementary ages. The presentation is framed by a brief introduction to the show and opera audience participation and a question & answer session afterward, in which the children get to interact directly with the performers.

Pinocchio is an opera pared down and tailored just for kids. With costumes, a colorful, whimsical set and great singing with TCO’s Resident Artists, the production exposes children to an operatic atmosphere, but can be understood by the youngest audiences.


Lyrics by John Davies & Music by Mozart, Donizetti, Offenbach & Pergolesi


An operatic version of the children’s literary classic, Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, based on scenes from operas by W.A. Mozart, G. Donizetti, J. Offenbach, and G.B. Pergolesi.

Stepping into a new and unknown world, Pinocchio is deceived by Wolf and Cat and persuaded to disobey his father by skipping school in order to meet Dr. Dulcamara, a loathsome puppeteer. Realizing the puppet’s value, Dulcamara holds Pinocchio captive, intending to have him perform with his miraculous mechanical doll, Olympia. Puppet and doll become friends, and when Dulcamara breaks Olympia in a fit of rage, Pinocchio runs home to admit his disobedience and ask his father’s forgiveness. Accompanied by a policeman (and an optional chorus of children-police), Pinocchio and his dad lead the authorities to Wolf, Cat and Dulcamara, and the bad guys are run out of town. As Pinocchio resolves to always tell the truth and share his problems with trusted grownups, he and his father head home to repair Olympia and begin life anew as a family of three.

Courtesy of Opera Tales


Emily Cottam

Olympia/Lady in Blue

Gina Moscato

Kevin Bryant

Kevin Bryant

Wolf/Dr. Dulcamara

Langelihle Mngxati