Tag Archives: Ben Heppner

Inside the Mind of Jake Heggie

by Suzanne Calvin

There are few things in the world of journalism more satisfying than a great interview and there’s a great interview with composer Jake Heggie in “The Cornell Daily Sun” conducted over the phone by Danyoung Kim. Jake and librettist Gene Scheer are going to be on campus for a master class and panel discussion. One […]

“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 […]

The View from Below Deck

by Suzanne Calvin

Time always puts a little different spin on things and it’s only now, nearly two years after its Dallas Opera premiere, that the participants appear completely at ease discussing the process of “birthing” a new opera of the caliber of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s “Moby-Dick.” Check out this very interesting piece on the co-production by […]

Heppner on the Roles of a Lifetime

by Suzanne Calvin

Knowing how tremendously hard tenor Ben Heppner worked to create the role of Captain Ahab in Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s world premiere production of “Moby-Dick” (Dallas Opera, 2010), it’s incredibly gratifying to see that the artist looks back on that difficult process–I mean, YOU try singing for a couple of hours on a peg-leg!–as […]

Back at the Helm

by Suzanne Calvin

As Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s “Moby-Dick” gets ready to reconquer North America after dazzling audiences “Down Under”…a curious round of cast changes from one coast to the other has put heldentenor Ben Heppner back at the helm of the Pequod.   Here’s more on that from Dan Wakin in “The New York Times.” Suzanne Calvin, […]

Where They Blow: After the White Whale

by tdo

Do you remember what you were doing a year ago? We certainly do! On April 30, 2010, the Dallas Opera premiered Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s revolutionary MOBY-DICK on the magnificent stage of the Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. The critically acclaimed drama was “a whale of a hit” according to […]

The Best of the Best

by Suzanne Calvin

The word you’ve been waiting for, the winner of this season’s hotly contested “Maria Callas Debut Artist of the Year Award” was announced yesterday evening before a host of interested spectators in Nancy B. Hamon Hall. General Director and CEO Keith Cerny read a gracious statement from the winner and you can read all about […]