Evenings in Quarantine: The Zombie Opera


 BREAKING NEWS  March 10, 2014
  

Zombies in Paradise

Members of the Zombie Opera have enjoyed a successful opening weekend of the Pittsburgh premiere of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Utopia Ltd., a highly technical show that is often overlooked due to it’s overwhelming production values. But this year, in honor of it’s 75th anniversary, the Pittsburgh Savoyards have undertaken this strenuous project, and have cast several members of Evenings in Quarantine: The Zombie Opera in prominent roles, and in mostly the same cast of it’s two alternating and highly talented casts of performers. This marks the first occasion where Zombie Opera stage performers, film performers, audio performers, stage crew, and production crew have collaborated on such a grand scale.

Bonnie Bogovich and Liz Rishel mug for the audience in the comic roles of two twin Princesses, Kalyba and Nekaya, two “modest” girls who learn how to embrace their wild side. Other Zopera members include Robyn Peterson (studio choir), Nils Hammer (studio choir), Brian Bogovich (Production crew, filmed Zombie), Gwen Schmidt (Production Crew, Filmed Extra), Mari Storch (Filmed Zombie, Stage Zombie), Chris Carter (Filmed Extra, Stage Soldier/Zombie), Jim Newsome (Filmed Extra, Production Crew), Andrea Carriker (Stage Manager), Ed Griffiths (Lighting Designer), and… Who is that young tenor?? Could it possibly be Jordan Speranzo? (Filmed character- Aidan Bower).

One more weekend remains to catch this unholy amalgamation before its conclusion- but if you wish to see the “Zombie Opera Cast,” aim for Thursday 13th, or Saturday 15thboth performances at 8 pm at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall in Carnegie, PA. 

 BREAKING NEWS  November 25, 2013
  

Vote for Opera N’at

Zombie Opera veterans Liz “Izzie” Rishel, Edwin “Director of Photography” Huang, Nathan “Camera” Fullerton, and Jim “Running Soldier” Newsome need your help to make a documentary about Pittsburgh’s amazing opera community! Check out their proposal and hit “Like” on the Opera N’at Sprout Fund page to help them spread the word about Pittsburgh’s under ground opera community!

Voting runs from now until Monday, December 2nd, so don’t delay, and help spread the word. Thanks!

 

 

 

 

Update 1/26/14:

Sadly we did not receive funding for this project, but some really neat stuff will be funded this season through this initiative, so please feel free to check it out.

It’s invigorating to see such involvement in Pittsburgh’s Film making community!
http://www.sproutfund.org/2013/12/02/film-video-projects-draw-likes/

 

 BREAKING NEWS  October 31, 2013
  

Happy Halloween, Pittsburgh!

Happy Halloween to the “Birthplace of the Zombie”, Pittsburgh!!!!

Are you craving some Zombie Opera action this spoooky season?  Our show may not be running but we’re not dead yet!

Celebrate the three year anniversary of the premiere of Zombie Opera with the Bootleg Premiere Recording and Studio Album (available in downloadable mp3 format on CdBaby.com, iTunes and Amazon.com) or purchase the Premiere DVD with Bonus audio commentary track!

Visit our Merchandise Page for more information on our audio albums and dvd!

 BREAKING NEWS  October 10, 2013
  

Zopera founders go “Psyche” in Savoyards Show

Zombie Opera founders/ artistic directors/ composers Bonnie Bogovich and Liz Rishel (aka “Ronnie” and “Izzie” in Zombie Opera) are both starring in the upcoming Pittsburgh Savoyards production of “Princess Ida”

Bogovich and Rishel are both double-cast in the role of Lady Psyche, Professor of Humanities of Castle Adamant. They rule their classroom with an iron riding crop, a hatred for mankind, and a passion for Darwinism.

Check out this classic Gilbert and Sullivan production October 11th-20th at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall in Carnegie, PA.  All shows 8pm, except Sunday Matinees which are at 2:30. Tickets on sale online and at the door.

Pittsburgh Savoyards – Princess Ida Info and Cast Breakdown
Ticket Information Page
Savoyards on Twitter
Facebook Event

 BREAKING NEWS  July 5, 2013
  

The Zombie Opera and the Bechdel Test

Some of you are familiar with a set of criteria known as the Bechdel Test, named after cartoonist Alison Bechdel, which is a set of rules for identifying the presence of gender bias in a work of fiction. The rules are as follows:

1. Are there 2 or more female characters?
2. Do they talk to each other?
3. About something other than a man?

If a work of fiction can answer yes to all three questions, then it can be said to having strong female characters. Fiction that fails the Bechdel test isn’t necessarily bad, it just means that male and female characters aren’t balanced.

The Zombie Opera would like to proudly declare that this work passes the Bechdel test. The two main characters are Ronnie and Izzie, two women with a healthy friendship. Their main focus in the story is survival, and that’s what they mostly talk about. While Ronnie is the leader, their friendship is pretty well balanced- Ronnie is the fighter, while Izzie is the muse. In one of their two largest scenes together, Izzie convinces Ronnie to keep surviving by describing imagery of beauty in dark times- neither one of them ever uses love or romance as their motivation. Read the rest of this entry »

 BREAKING NEWS  June 1, 2013
  

Celebrate Spring with Zombie Opera

Craving some Zombie Opera during the springtime season?

You can still enjoy The Zombie Opera in the privacy of your own home with the Bootleg Premiere Recording and Studio Album (available in downloadable mp3 format on CdBaby.com, iTunes and Amazon.com) or purchase the Premiere DVD with Bonus audio commentary track!

Visit our Merchandise Page for more information on our audio albums and dvd!

 BREAKING NEWS  April 4, 2013
  

Memories of the Living Dead

Were you one of our fabulous zombie extras in The Zombie Opera?  Have you ever been a zombie extra in a film shot in Pittsburgh?  Check out this amazing opportunity to share your ‘horror’ stories with the world:)

ATTENTION ALL Actors, Actresses, Extras and Crew who were part of any Pittsburgh made films with Zombies over the past 45 years…

I am looking for your personal on and off set memories as a zombie or zombie killer or zombie maker to be included in my new book project: MEMORIES OF THE LIVING DEAD.  

Please message me or email me with your stories and attach any photos you may have that I can include. Hope to hear from you soon.

Thanks. Bob Michelucci

 BREAKING NEWS  October 30, 2012
  

Still Screaming for Scream Park!

As we near the end of October, several members of The Zombie Opera are celebrating as yet another terrifying project nears completion.  Scream Park, the new Pittsburgh-based horror project by writer/director Cary Hill, is an independent film that was designed to hearken back to the simpler era of the 1980′s.  This tongue-in-cheek slasher is supported behind the scenes by Cinematographer Nathan Fullerton (Zopera’s assistant camera/ digital effects), Wardrobe Supervisor Liz Rishel (Zopera’s “Izzie”, Artistic Director/co-creator), Special effects and appliances Supervisor Arvin Clay (Zopera film/makeup effects), and Assistant Cameraman Edwin Huang (Zopera Director of Photography).

Also featured in Scream Park, are beloved horror icons, Doug Bradley, and Skinny Puppy‘s Kevin “Ogre” Ogilvie.

The first completed cut of the film will debut tomorrow, Halloween night, at 7 pm at the Meadville Movies complex in Meadville.

For more details about advance tickets for the screening, please visit Scream Park’s website

 BREAKING NEWS  October 22, 2012
  

A Zombie Girl for “Opera Champion”

If you found The Zombie Opera‘s operatic-style singing compelling, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh is showcasing several promising singers in a local competition for the “Opera Champion of Pittsburgh.”  And among the eight female soloists selected, is Zombie Opera co-creator, Elizabeth Rishel (7th video down) who has taken a break from singing “Evenings in Quarantine” to try her hand at Rossini’s “Una Voce Poco Fa.”  The final candidates will be selected by a public vote.  All of these artists show exceptional talent, so we encourage you to check them all out, and if you want to vote for Liz, she is always grateful for the support of her fellow grave-crawlers!

You can vote for the final candidates online at:  http://otsummerfest.org/champ.  Voting closes 9am Saturday October 27th. Best wishes to all those competing!

Update 10/29/12:

Liz made it to the Semi-Finals! Best wishes to our zombie girl as she competes for a spot in the finals.

 BREAKING NEWS  October 15, 2012
  

Zombie Opera Merchandise Available

Craving some Zombie Opera during spooky season?

You can still enjoy The Zombie Opera in the privacy of your own home with the Bootleg Premiere Recording and Studio Album (available in downloadable mp3 format on CdBaby.com, iTunes and Amazon.com) or purchase the Premiere DVD with Bonus audio commentary track!

Visit our Merchandise Page for more information on our audio albums and dvd!