Opera luminary Philip Cokorinos to perform at SUNY Oswego

OSWEGO — Metropolitan Opera bass-baritone Philip Cokorinos, a 1979 alumnus of SUNY Oswego, will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. April 30, in the college’s Sheldon Hall ballroom as the season finale of the Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series.

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Philip Cokorinos

A member of the Metropolitan Opera roster for more than 27 years, Cokorinos has appeared numerous times in productions of “Tosca,” “Macbeth,” “La Bohème” and many others. His notable roles for the Met have included those of Leporello and Masetto in “Don Giovanni” and the English ambassador in John Corigliano’s “The Ghosts of Versailles.”

SUNY Oswego music faculty member Juan F. La Manna, Cokorinos’ host, will accompany him on the piano and give a preconcert talk scheduled for 7 p.m.

“Philip has traveled the world singing,” La Manna said. “He studied here and went on the big world. He has come back to help Oswego Opera Theatre a number of times. He is a wonderful guy and a star.”

Cokorinos has performed more than 100 leading roles with eminent companies around the globe.

Reviewing his performance in the title role of “Don Pasquale,” the Santa Barbara Independent wrote, “Philip Cokorinos was terrific as the production’s lead, handling his many agitated diatribes and inadvertent duets with aplomb.”

This season at the Met, he performed Benoit/Alcindoro in “La Bohème,” Don Maginifico in “La Cenerentola,” as well as covering the roles of Sacristan in “Tosca” and Mathieu in “Andrea Chenier.”

Tickets for the Philip Cokorinos concert are $15 ($7 for students), and are available at all SUNY Oswego box offices, online at tickets.oswego.edu and by calling 315-312-2141.

Patrons with disabilities needing assistance should call 312-2141 in advance of the concert.

Parking is included in the price of the ticket and is available in the employee and commuter lots adjacent to and across Washington Boulevard from Sheldon Hall.