Monday, October 29, 2012

What is Mariachi?

As we look forward to the presentation of Cruzar la cara de la luna, the first mariachi opera, we thought it would be interesting to take a look at mariachi style and its history. This is an easy, brief introduction to the style that you may think you know (but probably really don't!) Watch and listen to Nicolas Reveles, the Geisel Director of Education and Outreach, as he unfolds the style and history of mariachi for you.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Hello, Old Friend. OperaTalk! Returns

OperaTalk!, our fascinating look at the history, music and composer of our mainstage operas is back for the 2013 season. Up first, is a rousing look at Donizetti's comedy The Daughter of the Regiment. Enjoy! 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Orchestra of the 2013 Season

The orchestra is a major element in the presentation of an opera, and is foremost in the establishment of setting, time, emotion, psychological state...creating the 'sonic environment' for the telling of a powerful story. Watch and listen as Nicolas Reveles, Director of Education and Outreach for San Diego Opera, shares some important orchestral moments from the upcoming 2013 Season!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Chorus of the 2013 Season

Every opera has a chorus. Well, not quite every opera: Cruzar la cara de la luna doesn't have an 'official' chorus, although the band (in this case the Mariachi Vargas) joins in enthusiastically with some of the singers in the opera! But Daughter of the Regiment, Murder in the Cathedral, Samson and Delilah and Aida definitely DO have choruses, and great ones at that! Join Dr. Nicolas Reveles as he shares some of that wonderful music with you!