Thursday, April 30, 2009
We here at Aria Serious would really really really love it if you, dear reader, would go and nominate San Diego Opera for Best Performing Arts/Live Theatre Group.
Here's what to do.
1.) Click here.
2.) Type in "San Diego Opera"
3.) Click "nominate"
You can do this once every 24 hour period and you can do it from multiple computers, iPhones, blackberries, etc...
Oh, and be sure to tell your friends as well.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Already having borrowed $24 million from its endowment to meet payroll and other operating expenses, this news does not bode will for the people's opera company.
We'll keep you posted (and keep our fingers crossed for the best).
You can read the entire article here.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
With opera companies closing up shop, why do I feel we'll have more of these in the next few years?
You can read the article here.
And listen to Mr. Dolan below. You know, he's not bad at all, despite the crappy sound quality.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
The Philadelphia Inquirer takes a look at the surge in usage of soft sets and how technology can fill the void when there is not enough money for traditional sets on the stage.
You can read the article here.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
For you local readers, I cannot stress enough the greatness of what we have on our stage. Come watch this one, and if you call our box office at 619.533.7000, and tell them you're an Aria Serious fan you can buy an orchestra level seat for $50 or a seat elsewhere for $25. That's how much we love you, and how much we want you to see this opera.
And if you do come, post your comments in the comment section below.
Make it a good one!
Taken last night, this is simply my favorite image of the nearly 2000 or so pictures that were taken during Peter Grimes rehearsals.
This scene is at the very end of the opera, Peter has gone out to sea to scuttle his boat. Ellen stands on shore, alone, watching him. What makes this image so wonderful for me is the movement in the background; the village beginning another day, just as the opera began, coming full circle. The lighting, the stillness of Ellen are haunting; she'll eventually turn and walk directly upstage, through the villagers, completely isolated from everyone else, ending this opera.
This is serious opera, incredible theatre, and reminds me why we take risks with performing works off the beaten path from time to time.
Come see Peter Grimes, it really is something special! And has AriaSerious steered you wrong before? We didn't think so.
Photo is by Ken Howard.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
All photos are by Ken Howard.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
You can read about it here and send your best Peter Grimes synopsis tweet to Angela over at Culture Lust's Twitter site. (We'll be getting our Twitter account up in a few weeks, we still think this whole internet thing is a passing fad).
Winner wins... something.
We humbly submit:
Second apprentice drowns; town finds me guilty in witch-hunt for justice. You know, for a fisherman, I probably should’ve learned to swim…
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
My favorite, for Carmen: If a cigarette doesn’t kill you, the girl who made it will…
But then I'm an ex-smoker, and a hopeless romantic.
Your can read the rest of them here. And when you come see Peter Grimes on Saturday you can Twitter your own synopsis.
You can watch the interview below. Peter Grimes opens Saturday and should not be missed.
You can also check out the entire Peter Grimes profile on San Diego News Network, the newest online news player in the San Diego Community by clicking here.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Still no word on who will take the General Director position after it was vacated by George Steel to head up NYCO.
You can read about Pell's appointment here.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
From across the pond comes this incredibly racy ad from Durex selling, well, orgasms. Far too racy for American TV, this clip is probably not safe for work either; unless you work in a crazy place like an opera company or a sex shop. Just saying...
Enjoy, but perhaps not as much as these people...
Monday, April 6, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
The premise of Wife Swap is simple: for seven days, two wives from two different families with very different values exchange husbands, children and lives (but not bedrooms) to discover what it's like to live a different family's life. It's an interesting social experiment and a great way to see your family in a whole new light. It is shot as a documentary series, so NO scripts and no set. It's just one camera that is documenting your life.
Families that appear on the show will receive a financial honorarium of $20,000 for lost wages, time and commitment. And if you refer a family that appears on the show you would receive $1000.
Here at 'Wife Swap' we look for a two-parent home with at least one child between the ages of 6 and 17 living at home full time.
If you are interested, please email me your contact information and tell me a little about your family. Or if you would like to refer a family, please email me their contact information and I will be in touch.