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WFMT Exclusive: Jake Heggie’s Big Splash

Composer Jake Heggie

The San Francisco Opera Gets Epic, Saturday at 12:00 PM

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.

Jake Heggie’s Moby Dick electrified the opera world at its 2010 Dallas premiere.

Shortly after it closed, Heggie came to Chicago for the Chicago Opera Theater’s production of Three Decembers. WFMT’s Noel Morris had a chance to ask him, “Why Moby Dick?”

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MOBY DICK

Composer: Jake Heggie
Libretto: Gene Scheer

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: Nicola Luisotti

San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus

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