Jake Heggie's Moby-Dick

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Moby-Dick, composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer's adaptation of Herman Melville's novel, played to enthusiastic reviews at San Francisco Opera last fall.

The story about the sinking of a ship, shattered by a great white whale, arrived two years after its premiere at Dallas Opera with much of the same cast. Jay Hunter Morris is Captain Ahab, the obsessive whaling-boat captain whose descent into madness puts his crew in mortal danger. Morgan Smith is Starbuck, tenor Stephen Costello plays Greenhorn and soprano Talise Trevigne is the cabin boy Pip.

 

CAST:

Greenhorn (Ishmael)  Stephen Costello
Captain Ahab   Jay Hunter Morris
Starbuck   Morgan Smith
Queequeg   Jonathan Lemalu
Pip    Talise Trevigne
Flask    Matthew O'Neill
Stubb    Robert Orth

CONDUCTOR:  Patrick Summers
STAGE DIRECTOR:  Leonard Foglia
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA ORCHESTRA & CHORUS  
CHORUS DIRECTOR: Ian Robertson

Below: Listen to the opera's overture

Comments [1]

Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

Unfortunately, I missed hearing the broadcast of MOBY DICK. I was involved with rehearsing for my fourth in a series of ten New York concerts named "The 300 Greatest Love Songs of Broadway Musicals and Movies" to be recorded LIVE on Valhalla Records DVDs. The 10 DVDs will be released on St. Valentine's Day. I have been told that the televised version of the opera is scheduled for the near future. I am looking forward to viewing and hearing it .There has been a complaint by non-performers that performers should not attempt to promote themselves but have some mercenary agents or publicists to do that. Unfortunately many performers who traverse their career opportunities with self-deprecating attitudes that minimize their potentials, assume wrongly that the world will recognize their talent and reciprocate in financial terms. Most creative artists are reticent to evangelize for potential fans. If one has indisputable talent as JOE FRAZIER and MOHAMMED ALI unquestionably did, FLAUNT IT !!! We all have detractors. But even Tschaikovski after hearing the Ring at Bayreuth declared it was lacking melodies. Virgil Thomson after seeing Leonard Bernstein's WEST SIDE STORY declared it ashcan music. And Barbara Walters volunteered that SHAKESPEARE is overrated. Verdi was denied admission to the Milano Conservatory; they told him that he had no talent. So let's not always assume that celebs are correct in their critiquing especially when they may be competitive to those on whom their comments are directed.

Aug. 18 2013 11:16 AM

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