Friday, March 14, 2014

A MASKED BALL by Scott Benefiel

Today is starting out wonderful. Not only do we have a performance of A MASKED BALL tonight, but artist Scott Benefiel just sent over his sketches from Comic Artist Night at the Opera. Scott has been an illustrator for several years working as a storyboard, comic book, and conceptual artist for most of his professional life. Recently he designed VFX storyboards for the new COSMOS TV series (which, if you have not seen yet, is awesome), and was part of Aaron Sowd Productions where he created pre-vis storyboard art on feature films for Will Smith's Overbrook Productions. He was a cinematic storyboard artist for 343 Industries on the video game Halo 4 as well. Recent creative endeavors include writing and starring in the internet series Ghost Provokers, a parody of the ghost hunting shows which currently proliferate the airwaves. He also writes and draws the webcomic Cork. You can see more of Scott's work at his website.

Artwork © copyright 2014 by Scott Benefiel. All rights reserved.


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

A MASKED BALL by Joe Sanabria

Artist Joe Sanabria watched one of the final rehearsals of A MASKED BALL last week and just sent over his sketches. And we sure do love them. Even better, Joe sent over a video of how he makes his incredible drawings. And for someone who spends 20-minutes working on stick figure, watching him work is like watching magic being explained. Check out his sketches below, watch the video of him making the sketches, then check out his website for more of his amazing work.

Artwork © copyright 2014 by Joseph Sanabria. All rights reserved.  

Monday, March 10, 2014

A MASKED BALL by Batton Lash

Cartoonist Batton Lash joined us for rehearsals of a A MASKED BALL last week and just sent over his sketches. To learn more about this event and Batton, you can read this piece on Comic Night at the Opera on Culture Buzz. Then head on over to Batton's website Exhibit A Press to see what he's been up to lately.

Artwork © copyright 2014 by Batton Lash. All rights reserved.


Saturday, March 8, 2014

A MASKED BALL by Eric Shanower

The tradition continues of having comic book artists join our final rehearsals, and our longest running artist, Eric Shanower, has sent over his sketches. Here's a lovely piece about Comic Artist Night at the Opera featuring Eric Shanower. Afterwards, head over to Eric's Hungry Tiger Press to see what he's been up to lately.

Artwork © copyright 2014 by Eric Shanower. All rights reserved.

Friday, March 7, 2014

San Diego Opera Podcast - Meet Piotr Beczala, Gustav III in A MASKED BALL

San Diego Opera is delighted to have tenor Piotr Beczala back to sing King Gustav ('Gustavo') in Verdi's A Masked Ball. In this interview with Nicolas Reveles, Director of Education and Outreach, he talks about the role, other Verdi characters he sings, 'updated' productions of opera and his recent appearance at The Met in Rusalka. You'll also hear a bit of one of his arias from Ballo. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

San Diego Opera Podcast - Meet Stephanie Blythe, Madame Arvidson in A MASKED BALL (part 2)

In a continuation of her conversation with San Diego Opera Education Director Nicolas Reveles, mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe turns her attention to the growth of the young singer, focusing on her work with the Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar. Working with young artists energizes Ms. Blythe and she has strong opinions about what singers need when they are beginning their careers. This podcast is a must see for voice students looking to connect totally with their art!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

First A Masked Ball Digital Scavenger Hunt

On Tuesday, March 4, our A Masked Ball Digital Scavenger Hunt started. James Schindler finished the first scavenger hunt the fastest and won an A Masked Ball poster by R. Black. 
Here's a short recap of the clues and hunt. Don't forget to come back on Friday for the chance to win a 2014 Season t-Shirt with artwork by R. Black. Our Final and more challenging A Masked Ball Digital Scavenger Hunt starts at our Facebook Page on Friday, March 7, at 10 am.

March 4, 2014

At 10 am we posted the following post on Facebook:

The clue read backwards says: 
“The conspirators on San Diego Opera's Pinterest Page hold the key. Find them plotting.”
On San Diego Opera's Pinterest Page the folder 'First Days of A Masked Ball rehearsals' can be found:

One of the photos shows Kevin Langan (Count Ribbing) and Ashraf Sewailam (Count Horn). The text reads:

It is also the only picture that is linked to YouTube. If one clicks on the picture twice, the 'San Diego Opera Podcast: Meet Soprano Krassimira Stoyanova - Amelia in A Masked Ball' opens:

The last passage of the description reads: 'Verdi's music is breathtakingly beautiful.' 
Then one sentence in morse code follows.

Translated with a morse code translator such as SCPillips, the following message appears:

'Find out more on our Aria Serious Blog from Dr. Nicolas Reveles 100713.'
The last numbers are the date the blog post was published: October 7, 2013.

Some letters in the blog post 'San Diego Opera Podcast - The Music of the Season: A Masked Ball' from October 7, 2013, are italic and state the following: 

'fourth word on twitter monday march third 1102AM'.
Additionally, a sentence has been added to the blog post: 

Together they advice the searcher to find the San Diego Opera tweet from Monday, March 3, at 11:02 am, and send the fourth word as the codeword to 

The fourth word of San Diego Opera's tweet from March 3 at 11:02 am and the codeword of Tuesday's first A Masked Ball Digital Scavenger Hunt is COUNT.

And that was it!

Come to our Facebook Page on Friday at 10 am to participate in another, more challenging Digital Scavenger Hunt.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

San Diego Opera Podcast - Meet Stephanie Blythe, Madame Arvidson in A Masked Ball (part 1)

 Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe is well known to opera audiences, especially through the Metropolitan Opera's HD broadcasts. She is making her debut with San Diego Opera in the critical role of Ulrika Arvidson in Verdi's A Masked Ball, one of her favorite roles. In this two-part conversation with Education Director Nicolas Reveles, she discusses the role itself and her connection with the great mezzo/contralto roles of Verdi. Enjoy!

Monday, March 3, 2014

San Diego Opera Podcast - Meet Aris Argiris, Count Anckarstrom in A Masked Ball

Greek baritone Aris Argiris is making his debut with San Diego Opera in the role of Anckarstrom in A Masked Ball by Giuseppe Verdi. In this conversation with Nicolas Reveles, Director of Education, he talks about his career, Verdi's baritone roles and singing with such great maestri as Zubin Mehta. Enjoy!

codeword: BALLO #DSH

Get ready for our A Masked Ball Digital Scavenger Hunts

How it works

San Diego Opera's A Masked Ball Digital Scavenger Hunts will take place online on Tuesday, March 4, and Friday, March 7, 2014. At 10 am PT we will post the first clue on our Facebook Page which will lead to the next clue and so on until participants find a codeword and an e-Mail address to send it to. We will start with an easy scavenger hunt on Tuesday where the first two participants to finish will each win a poster of A Masked Ball by R. Black.

On Friday we will have our final A Masked Ball Digital Scavenger Hunt which is going to be more challenging. The first person to finish this one receives one of our 2014 season t-Shirts with all four opera art works on it.

Check out last month's The Elixir of Love Digital Scavenger Hunt to get an idea of how our scavenger hunts work.

The prizes

On Tuesday the first two participants who send in the right codeword will get a poster of R. Black's A Masked Ball. Friday's winner will receive a San Diego Opera Season T-Shirt.

San Diego Opera 2014 R. Black's A Masked Ball poster

The dates

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 10 am PT
A Masked Ball Digital Scavenger Hunt #TuesdayProcrastinator

Fri, March 7, 2014    10 am PT
Ultimate A Masked Ball Digital Scavenger Hunt #FridayBrainTeaser

The rules

The San Diego Opera Digital Scavenger Hunt is open to those who are at least eighteen years of age or older. No purchase necessary. Employees of San Diego Opera as well as immediate family (spouses, domestic partners, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of such employees are not eligible. One winner per household, per opera.

Any questions?

Leave us a comment and we will get right back to you or send an e-Mail to Carmen Kruse at San Diego Opera ( Good luck!