Tuesday, April 24, 2012

2013 Season Podcast

A journey through our just announced 2013 season in this video podcast by our very own Dr. Nic Reveles.


A behind-the-scenes look at our current production. Enjoy!

Friday, April 20, 2012

The Barber of Seville by Eric Shanower

Artist Eric Shanower continues his tradition of live sketching our operas with incredible results and last night's The Barber of Seville rehearsals was no exception.

It's a busy time for Eric so we're incredibly grateful that he took time out of his schedule to join us.

Eric has just released Treasury Edition size version of The Forgotten Forest of Oz and he's getting ready to appear at the Winkie Con in Pacific Grove, California, in July, the longest running Oz convention in the world.

So without further ado, The Barber of Seville by Eric Shanower.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

UPDATED: The Barber of Seville by Batton Lash

Updated: We've added a short Q amd A session with Batton down below...

Comic Artist Night at the Opera added another artist to the rosters when local artist, Batton Lash, took us up on our invitation to come and sketch last night's The Barber of Seville rehearsal.

We came to know Batton through his webcomic Supernatural Law and the adventures of the comic's lawyers that serve the needs of monsters and other things that go bump in the night. You can read the comic here.

We've asked Batton some questions and will post his responses when we get them. For now, The Barber of Seville by Batton Lash.

Update: Batton has responded. A brief Q & A Session follows:

Aria Serious: We first became familiar with your work in your ongoing webcomic Supernatural Law - we loved the look that harkened back to that classic age of comics with artists such as Chester Gould and DC Comics Silver Age works. Can you tell us a little about your artistic influences?
Batton Lash: Interesting that you should mention Gould, – his Dick Tracy (along with Wayne Boring’s Superman) were the first strips in which I was cognizant of an artist’s style. However, I would cite my major cartooning influences are Will Eisner and Harvey Kurtzman . . . but most of all, Steve Ditko. He was my fave as a kid and remains so!

Aria Serious: How did you get interested in drawing?

Batton Lash: I’ve been drawing for as long as I remember. And interested in comics for just as long! I seriously thought of drawing comics as a career as early as grammar school.

Aria Serious: Was this your first opera?

Batton Lash: Hmm. I went to the theatre a lot more when I was in my 20’s . . . musicals and operettas (Gilbert & Sullivan). But not sure if I ever attended a full-length opera (does Threepenny Opera count? ;-). It’s safe to say, however, The Barber of Seville is the first opera I saw in the 21st century!

Aria Serious: What did you think of The Barber of Seville?

Batton Lash: I always loved the music from it. I have fond memories of when I used live in New York and do all-nighters, I would listen to WQXR, the city’s classical station. Their late-night announcer, Nimet, would occasionally play operas in their entirety. I especially enjoyed the music from the comic operas. Seeing San Diego Opera’s The Barber of Seville live on stage was a real treat—I could finally put “visuals” to the music!

Aria Serious: I know we throw a lot at you during the night - I mean there is a full opera going on around while you're essentially at work. What were some of the hurdles you faced last night while drawing?

Batton Lash: The biggest one was to resist the temptation not to lean back and just enjoy the performance! The only hurdle I could think of was not being able to catch that perfect nuance or gesture of a character . . . but the time I got the basic pose sketched (essentially, a stick figure), the actors moved on to even better positions! I really wanted to get the details on their fabulous costumes, but I had to keep it concise or I’d still be there drawing! But I just loved the experience. It keeps a cartoonist on his toes trying to keep up!

Aria Serious:  Did the music help dictate what you drew?

Batton Lash: I work on Supernatural Law with classical music on, so I always think of music as a “soundtrack” to my sketching. This time, I felt a live orchestra was there to encourage me on!

Aria Serious: Anything coming up our readers should know about?

Battton Lash: I appreciate you mentioning the Supernatural Law webcomic, Ed, but there’s also a print version. This summer will see the release of “The Monsters Meet On Court Street,” a trade paperback collecting issues from the Supernatural Law comic book, as well as new material. More info can be found here.

Artwork © copyright 2012 by Batton Lash. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Video podcast with Silvia Tro Santafe, Rosina in The Barber of Seville

The ultimate independent woman, the most level-headed character in all of opera buffa, is surely Rosina in The Barber of Seville. We have a wonderful Rossini "specialist" in Spanish mezzo-soprano Silvia Tro Santafe who has the personality and the voice (!) for this wonderful role. Listen to Nicolas Reveles' interview with this debut artist who gives us some insight into this brilliant comedy.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Video Podcast with John Osborn, Almaviva in The Barber Seville

The tenor always gets the girl, and The Barber of Seville is no exception. But it takes some wrangling, disguises and subterfuge to finally get Count Almaviva and his beloved Rosina together. Tenor John Osborn is certainly up to the task, a Rossini 'specialist' who is just coming off of a series of critically acclaimed performances of the composer's Otello. Listen in as Nicolas Reveles interviews this talented singer about his career and about the role.

Friday, April 13, 2012

The Barber of Seville Stars in the Salon

Last night we hosted the artists of The Barber of Seville in a roundtable discussion about the opera. Here it is below. Barber opens on Saturday, April 21, 2012.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Barber of Seville and Rene Magritte

Herb Kellner is directing our upcoming production of Rossini's The Barber of Seville in a production original conceived by John Copley, a longtime guest director here at San Diego Opera. The production is based on the images and motifs that occur in the work of the Belgian surrealist painter Rene Magritte. Join Nicolas Reveles, the Geisel Director of Education and Outreach, in a discussion of the Magritte influences on this Barber and its unique look.

Monday, April 9, 2012

A Conversation with Lucas Meachem, Figaro in THE BARBER OF SEVILLE

Our final opera of the season is upon us, which means it is time for some more video podcasts. This week, Dr. Nic sits down with the delightful Lucas Meachem, Figaro in The Barber of Seville. Enjoy!