Triphammer Arts Presents ‘Opera Cowpokes Alive!’


Triphammer Arts will present its 20th anniversary edition of its signature production “Opera Cowpokes Alive!” Aug. 1 through 4 at the CRS Barn Studio on Triphammer Road.

The show features opera singers taking on classic country and western music, a “special blend of music, dance, horseplay, cowboy poetry, and lost (and found) love,” according to the Lansing Star.

Performances will be at 7 p.m. each of the four nights. Tickets are $30 for general admission, $28 for seniors, $15 for students and free for children under 12.

The “a multi-genre musical extravaganza” features opera stars performing Western and country/western songs, traditional folk songs (many with new, topical lyrics) and favorite opera choruses, all tied together with a humorous original script.

This unique production breaks down the barriers between “classical” and “popular” performance and bring together an impressive collection of musicians and dancers from both worlds, with tunes from Grand Opera to Grand Ol’ Opry, including perennial favorites like “Cool Water” and “Ragtime Cowboy Joe” accompanied by a dynamic Western swing band and cowgirl dancers.

Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, this family and cult favorite welcomes well-known Ithaca musicians, new guest artists and many alumni of the original production from across the U.S. to its original setting, overlooking Cayuga Lake.

The expansive outdoor performance space, with its stunning view of Cayuga Lake sunsets and the rustic wooden backdrop of the barn, provides a picturesque setting and the perfect informal atmosphere for this music.

Opera Cowpokes ALIVE! is conceived and coordinated by Steven Stull and Jeanne Goddard, with Peter Chwazik as the music director. Other performers include: singers Dan Bates, Natasha Bratkovski, Timothy LeFebvre, Nathan McEwen, David Neal, Phyllis Pancella, Benno Ressa, Peter Sicilian, Ivy Walz and Alison Wahl; and instrumentalists Harry Aceto (bass), Max Buckholtz (fiddle/mandolin), Dave Davies (guitar), Rick Manning (fiddle/mandolin), Doug Robinson (guitar) and John White (piano).

In case of rain, the performance will be held under a new tent at the same location.

Tickets are available from Brown Paper Tickets or at the door. For more information, please contact the CRS Barn Studio at 607-257-2043 or email or visit

Opera Cowpokes Alive! is made possible with grants from the Tompkins County Tourism Program, the Savage Club of Ithaca, Flair Strategic Communication, and with the support of the Tompkins Trust Company.

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