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WFMT Exclusive: Jake Heggie’s Big Splash

Composer Jake Heggie

A lot of people read Moby Dick because they’ve had to. Required by literature teachers, Melville’s gritty account of the half-crazed sea captain is almost unintelligible without an annotated edition—so many references are lost from our cultural memories. Why, then, would a modern composer say to himself, “What a great idea for an opera!” But it is