When 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…)
MAGfest 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!)
We 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)
Not 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
We are deliriously excited to announce that Super Smash Opera: Orchestra Edition will be a featured event at MAGfest 2016! We are so excited it is hard to put into words, so we asked Sean Lenhart to translate Pikachu’s acceptance speech for us.
We hope to see you all on Friday of MAGfest 2016 for our Performance at 1pm and QA panel at 8:30pm! MAGfest events page
We wanted to gather the whole team together for a video update written by stage director Sean Lenhart, and including our new team members Sebastian Wolff and Ben Wallace, but busy musician schedules and holiday travel were too hectic to make it work. Instead, we found a compromise through the magic of video editing and Sean may not physically be in the video, but his voice is;) We hope you enjoy this update about Super Smash Opera: Orchestra Edition at Magfest 2016 (Application Pending!)