Heggie’s MOBY-DICK premieres at San Francisco Opera

“A masterpiece of clarity and intensity, with a score that is at once thematically compact and richly inventive.”
Stephen Costello (left) is Greenhorn, Jay Hunter Morris is Ahab and Jonathan Lemalu is Queequeg in expressive "Moby-Dick." Photo: Cory Weaver, SF Opera / SF

“A GREAT AMERICAN OPERA” Opera Now Magazine

“A TRIUMPH”The Dallas Morning News

“AN UNDENIABLE SUCCESS” The New York Times

“THE HIT OF THE SEASON” The Washington Post

“A MASSIVE ARTISTIC ACCOMPLISHMENT” WFAA-TV

Moby-Dick is an opera in two acts by composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer, based on the novel by Herman Melville. Commissioned by The Dallas Opera with San Francisco Opera, San Diego Opera, Calgary Opera and the State Opera of South Australia, Moby-Dick opened to extraordinary international acclaim on April 30, 2010 at the Margot & Bill  Winspear Opera House in Dallas.

Moby DickJay Hunter Morris (Captain Ahab), Stephen Costello (Greenhorn) and Jonathan Lemalu (Queequeg). Photo: Cory Weaver, SF Opera / SF

ORIGINAL PRODUCTION TEAM

Conductor Patrick Summers
Director & Dramaturg Leonard Foglia
Set Design Robert Brill
Lighting Donald Holder
Costumes Jane Greenwood
Projections & Film Elaine McCarthy
Musical Preparation Laurie Rogers, Michael Heaston, Janice Fehlauer
Chorus Conductor Alexander Ro

ORIGINAL CAST

Ahab Ben Heppner
Greenhorn Stephen Costello
Starbuck Morgan Smith
Queequeg Jonathan Lemalu
Pip Talise Trevigne
Stubb Robert Orth
Flask Matthew O’Neill
Gardiner Jonathan Beyer

The Dallas Opera Orchestra and Men of the Chorus

ORCHESTRATION

3 flutes (one doubles piccolo)
3 oboes (one doubles English Horn)
3 clarinets (one doubles bass clarinet)
3 bassoons (one doubles contrabassoon)

4 horns in F
3 trumpets in C
2 trombones
bass trombone

timpani
2 percussion
harp

strings

PRODUCTION COMPANIES

A list of companies who have performed or scheduled future performances of the opera follows:

  1. The Dallas Opera (April 2010)
  2. State Opera of South Australia (Aug./Sept. 2011)
  3. Calgary Opera (Jan. 2012)
  4. San Diego Opera (Feb. 2012)
  5. San Francisco Opera (Oct. 2012)
  6. Washington National Opera (Feb.-March 2014)
  7. Los Angeles Opera (Oct.-Nov. 2015)
  8. The Dallas Opera (Nov. 2016)
  9. Utah Opera (Jan. 2018)
  10. Pittsburgh Opera (March 2018)

LICENSING

For theatrical performances, there are two components to licensing Dead Man Walking. Grand Rights (theatrical rights) are licensed by:

Funsten and Franzen

dfranzen@lawff.com

Bill Holab Music handles rentals and sales of the musical materials. You can request a quote here.

Scores can be purchased here.