Tuesday, February 17, 2015

DON GIOVANNI by Batton Lash

The irrepressible artist Batton Lash visited Don Giovanni rehearsals last week and shared with us his take on the opera which you can find below.



In case you've forgotten, Batton Lash is the creator of the humor/horror series Supernatural Law (aka Wolff & Byrd, Counselors of the Macabre). Lash has also written for Archie Comics and Bongo Comics. His latest project is The First Gentleman of the Apocalypse, a brand-new series Lash created for David (V for Vendetta) Lloyd’s online comics anthology Aces Weekly.  Lash also paints monsters in his spare time. His Bride of Frankenstein paintings will be on display at the Digital Gym beginning February 22. More on Batton Lash can be found at www.exhibitapress.com
 
Artwork © copyright 2015 by Batton Lash. All rights reserved.  







Friday, February 13, 2015

DON GIOVANNI by Rebecca Hicks

Artist Rebecca Hicks is one of our newest artists to join us for our rehearsals. This week, Rebecca brought her watercolors in to paint Don Giovanni and this is what she came up with. She's also working on a series of paintings based solely on Ildebrando D'Arcangelo's leather pants.

A bit about Rebecca:
 
Rebecca is the creator of the Little Vampires, small monsters that try to be big and fierce and fail spectacularly at it. She writes and draws their webcomic, has published four books about them, and is currently writing and illustrating the fifth Little Vampires book. You can visitMonsterdell, where the Little Vampires live at  and see Rebecca's other monster art at her website. It's awesome.

All artwork © copyright 2015 by Rebecca Hicks. All rights reserved



DON GIOVANNI by Eric Shanower

Every opera we continued to be amazed by the work of Eric Shanower, who, each Wednesday before we open, drags his art supplies to the Civic Theatre and perches on a rickety theatre desk to sketch the action on stage. Below you can find the fruits of his labor.

For those of you who missed his update for La boheme...



Eric is still writing Age of Bronze, his comic book series that tells the complete story of the Trojan War, published by Image Comics. Currently being puclished by IDW also is a four-issue comic book series that he wrote, Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland with artwork by Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also currently re-packaging his Oz graphic novels in oversize volumes as Adventures in Oz. Forthcoming in September 2015 from HarperCollins is his short comics story "Love Packs Heat" in the anthology Taking Aim: Power and Pain, Teens and Guns edited by Michael Cart. Also coming in fall 2015 from Dover Publications is a new printing of his illustrated children's book The Giant Garden of Oz.

He's a busy guy. You can keep with Eric at his website www.EricShanower.com.

All artwork © copyright 2015 by Eric Shanower. All rights reserved



















 







 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Podcast: Nic Muni

Our stage director for Don Giovanni is Nicholas Muni who also happens to have originated and designed this production of the opera for Cincinnati Opera. It is an intriguing look at the opera that will challenge you to think about this fascinating character. Enjoy this interview.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Podcast: Daniele Callegari

In this episode of the San Diego Opera Podcast, Nicolas Reveles interviews our maestro for Mozart's Don Giovanni, Daniele Callegari. He was last with us for our production of Aida a couple of seasons back. Enjoy this reunion with a wonderful conductor!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Podcast: Meet our Don Giovanni, Ildebrando D'Arcangelo

Baritone Ildebrando D'Arcangelo is the "go to" singer for the role of Don Giovanni these days and has sung the role to great acclaim throughout the world. Here in San Diego for his company debut, he speaks with Education Director Nicolas Reveles about the role, his career and what he's looking forward to in the future.

Monday, February 2, 2015

LA BOHEME by Rebecca Hicks

We're very pleased to present a new artist, Rebecca Hicks, who joined us a few weeks ago to sketch LA BOHEME. And we're very sorry for the delay. We had far too much going on this week.



Rebecca is the creator of the Little Vampires, small monsters that try to be big and fierce and fail spectacularly at it. She writes and draws their webcomic, has published four books about them, and is currently writing and illustrating the fifth Little Vampires book. You can visitMonsterdell, where the Little Vampires live at  and see Rebecca's other monster art at her website. It's awesome.


All artwork © copyright 2015 by Rebecca Hicks. All rights reserved


 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Podcast - BOHEME director Isabella Bywater

Isabella Bywater, a set and costume designer from the UK, is the director of San Diego Opera's production of Puccini's La boheme. In this fascinating, in-depth interview, she talks about her mentor Jonathan Miller (the original director of this particular production) and about her approach to both design and stage direction. This is a wonderful conversation with Education Director Nicolas Reveles and will be a great introduction to this wonderful production, never before seen in San Diego.


LA BOHEME by Eric Shanower

A new season, new leadership, and new board of directors, well, at least some things stay the same. Wednesday's rehearsal of La boheme brought our official unofficial cartoonist back to San Diego Opera to live sketch the opera. Eric Shanower was the artist that started Comic Artist Night at the Opera a few years back and he was back this week in full form. You can see some of his sketches below.

Eric is still writing Age of Bronze, his comic book series that tells the complete story of the Trojan War, published by Image Comics. Currently being puclished by IDW also is a four-issue comic book series that he wrote, Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland with artwork by Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also currently re-packaging his Oz graphic novels in oversize volumes as Adventures in Oz. Forthcoming in September 2015 from HarperCollins is his short comics story "Love Packs Heat" in the anthology Taking Aim: Power and Pain, Teens and Guns edited by Michael Cart. Also coming in fall 2015 from Dover Publications is a new printing of his illustrated children's book The Giant Garden of Oz.

He's a busy guy. You can keep with Eric at his website www.EricShanower.com.

All artwork © copyright 2015 by Eric Shanower. All rights reserved 





 

Podcast - An Interview with Harold Meers (Rodolfo in LA BOHEME)

Debut artist Harold Meers talks about his background, his experience with the role or Rodolfo and roles he sees for himself in the future in an interview with Nicolas Reveles.