UCSD-TV has been honored with a coveted Platinum Aurora Award for the production of “San Diego Opera Spotlight: Samson and Delilah.” The program was honored as “Best of Show” in the “Documentary-Cultural” category.
Produced and edited by John Menier and photographed by Menier and Marci Bretts, the 30-minute program provides an insider’s look at the Opera’s 2013 performance of “Samson and Delilah.”
The behind-the-scenes production spotlights the opera’s elaborate sets, bravura arias, large choral numbers, and staging of the stirring “Bacchanale” dance.
“We couldn’t be more proud of this award-winning show,” said Lynn Burnstan, managing director of UCSD-TV. “Granted unusual access, John and Marci captured the opera’s artistic brilliance and organized chaos, as seen from a perspective that’s not readily available or fully appreciated, even to those who follow opera closely.”
The Aurora Awards is an international film and video competition that salutes excellence in commercials, cable programming and documentaries, as well as industrial, instructional, and corporate videos.
Best of Show is the highest honor awarded in each category. Entries come from throughout the U.S. and some 30 countries.
This award comes on the heels of the announcement that this same team was cited for their role in creating the regional Emmy Award-winning video that documented the San Diego-based Malashock Dance company’s 25th anniversary concert.