Super Smashing Shirts!

frontHave you ever wanted your very own Super Smash Opera tshirt! We are making them available through Teespring just in time for Super Smash Con🙂

Order yours today!
(shirt store available now through Sept 2nd!) https://teespring.com/supersmashopera

Interested in buttons, posters and magnets too? Stop by our merchandise booth at Super Smash Con this Saturday!

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Super Smash Con, here we come!

smashcon-squareWe are performing our original show, with the original cast,  LIVE at Super Smash Con on Saturday August 13th at 1:30pm on the “Dream Land Stage”!

Seems a match made in heaven… our names are sooo similar:) Looks like a fun weekend of live music, arcade games, and tournaments! Stop by and say Hi!

Super Smash Con, August 11th-14th
Chantilly, Virginia
http://supersmashcon.com/

Facebook event for our performance: https://www.facebook.com/events/1590566731241064/

Don Giovanni: An experiment in Vampire awesomeness!

DG1When Bonnie Bogovich and Liz Rishel worked with the rest of the Super Smash Opera team to re-write the words to classic opera, the last thing they were expecting was to be approached by the artistic director of an established opera company to ask them to do it all over again. But that’s exactly what happened when Mary Beth Sederburg, Artistic Director of Undercroft Opera, asked them to help her realize her dream- to merge one of her favorite Mozart operas, Don Giovanni, with one of her favorite stories, Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

“Can we get carried away with the theme?” Yes. “Can we draw parallels to specific characters?” Yes. “Can we have a whole aria about blood?” Sure. Why not….. (more…)

Steam the Opera

cropped-cropped-steam_blackSuper Smash Opera’s own Transforming Soprano, Liz Rishel (Zelda/Sheik, Ice Climber, Pikachu) has just launched the Kickstarter Campaign for her new project, Steam ~ or  ~ The Specters of the Knox Mill along with Sean Lenhart (Luigi, Ganondorf, Pikachu), Jordan Speranzo (Star Fox, Pichu- Pittsburgh Performances), and William Strom (Mario- Pittsburgh Performances).    Steam is a steampunk rock opera ghost story that will be filmed as a movie and released online, and set in Industrial Revolution Pittsburgh.  Bonnie Bogovich (Link, Ice Climber, JigglyPuff) and Jim Newsome (Master Hand) will be featured as singing members of the ‘Board of Directors’ and Bonnie will be helping backstage with production and sound design. Check out their Kickstarter campaign to see how you can help this new project!

Smashing Success at MAGfest 2016!

DSC00181MAGfest 2016 was an amazing adventure for Super Smash Opera. The “Orchestra Edtion” was a smashing success (pun intended), where we completely filled Panels 1 (room capacity 900) to a standing-room-only capacity and they had to turn people away at the door. What a fabulous audience! We are completely blown away by everyone who supported us by helping with the grand venture that was “Orchestra Edition”, especially Orchestra Arranger/Director Sebastian Wolff, Conductor and Arranger Benjamin Wallace, and Chorus Arranger/Director Jesse Buddington. Extra thanks go out to Michaela and Laura for helping as Concert Masters online and onsite, to the MAGfest staff and ops teams under Steph, and to our AV and Tech crew Tommy, Spencer and Doug!

Photos of our performance by Doug Butterworth
Official “MAGfest” video footage of our performance (our own edit coming soon to the internet!)

Audience Participation a la Pichu!

pichu postWe have some fun “Audience Participation” planned for the puppet Pikachu and Pichu battle sequence in our show this week. Keep an eye open for Super Smash Opera postcards at MAGFest with a fancy and dapper Pichu wearing a tux and monocle. If you have one on you, or you have a Pokemon in some form with you at the Festival, bring to our show at 1pm on Friday, get ready to assist in adorable chaos!

(Character design by Marjorie Rishel)

Making MAGfriends at MAGfest

headshots-bonnieseabass-2Not sure what to do the day before our MAGfest performance? Smash Opera’s Music Director, Bonnie Bogovich, and Orchestra Director, Sebastian Wolff, will be panelists of “Making MAGFriends: An Intro to networking in Game Audio” on Thursday, Feb. 18th at 9pm. Other game music rockstars on the panel include Gina Zdanowicz, Alexander Brandon, Laura Intravia, Wilbert Roget II, and Spencer Bambrick. Come on down and learn how making friends at events like MAGfest, GDC, Gamesoundcon, and more can lead to fruitful collaborations!
Panel details and things at the link…
More details about our upcoming appearances