Tuesday, October 25, 2016


Ashraf Sewailam as Alidoro
As they've done the past several years, San Diego Opera invited me to sketch at the dress rehearsal of their current production. The 2016-17 season started last week with Giochino Rossini's Cinderella (Cenerentola). For a look at what I drew, check out the latest entry on San Diego Opera's blog Aria Serious by clicking here. You can also check out the work of other artists who sketched at the dress rehearsal, too, by clicking on the blog title and scrolling through recent posts.

Lauren McNeese as Cinderella

Looks as though Cinderella will be the final opera I sketch at San Diego, since I'm in the process of relocating. It's been a fun run--twenty-two operas in six years. I've enjoyed sketching performers that I know and getting to know performers that I've sketched. I've stretched my drawing muscles in ways that I often don't while drawing at my studio table. I even participated in a Little Fish Comics Studio gallery showing of opera sketches by several artists in 2014. I've been glad to see the group of us at "Artist Night at the Opera" grow from just me at Turandot in January 2011 to more than a dozen artists through the years, some of whom have come and gone. Now that I'm the one going I want to thank Edward Wilensky of San Diego Opera for continuing to invite me to this project.

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