“Oh, Captain, My Captain!”

by Suzanne Calvin

Illness has forced tenor Ben Heppner to cancel his appearance in Tuesday evening’s performance of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s “Moby-Dick” at the San Diego Civic Center. Jay Hunter Morris, who sang the role of Captain Ahab in an earlier production of the work in Adelaide, Australia, will step-in for the ailing singer. Hunter had planned to sing two of San Diego Opera’s upcoming performances of “M-D.” We’ll see what happens now if Ben doesn’t make the much-hoped-for swift recovery from a bug that caused vocal problems on Opening Night. 

Here’s the sad story from the “LA Times” Culture Monster blog.

(Photo by Karen Almond, Dallas Opera)

Suzanne Calvin, Manager/Director Media & PR

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