Tri-Cities Opera is presenting a company premiere, Terrence McNally’s Tony Award-winning play, Master Class. This will be the third time TCO has performed the play and its first time collaborating with Theatre Street Productions. It will also commemorate the 40th anniversary of Maria Callas’ passing and the 95th year of her birth.
Master Class is based on the series of master classes taught by the legendary diva Maria Callas at the Juilliard School in the 1970's, and won the 1996 Tony Award for Best Play. In the play, Callas berates her students as much as she encourages them and retreats into recollections about her own life and career, including her relationship with shipping tycoon, Aristotle Onassis.
Former TCO Resident Artist Andrea Gregori will be reprising the role of Maria Calla. Others in the cast include TCO Resident Artists Stacey Geyer as Sharon Graham, and Jordan Schreiner as Anthony Candolino. Binghamton University student Lianne Aharony will portray Sophie DePalma and Musical Associate John Cockerill will appear as Emmanuel Weinstock. Former Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan will play the Stagehand. Former Resident Artist Cynthia Clarey is making her TCO directorial debut and was one of the original Callas master class participants.
Performances will be held on February 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. and February 25 at 3 p.m. Tickets can be reserved at (607) 772-0400 or online.