Tag Archives: Gene Scheer


by Megan Meister

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 Contact: Suzanne Calvin (214.443.1014/suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org) Or Megan Meister (214.443.1071/megan.meister@dallasopera.org)                                                                 THE DALLAS OPERA IS PROUD TO PRESENT “COMPOSING CONVERSATIONS” ~~~~ Featuring Joby Talbot, Composer of ALICE IN WONDERLAND and the Film Score for THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY ~~~~ MAY 15, 2012 AT 6:30 PM HAMON HALL, THE […]

“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 […]

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell

by Megan Meister

  Basking in the glowing reviews for the Dallas Opera’s extraordinary production of TRISTAN AND ISOLDE, I got on a plane for San Diego to attend the west coast premiere of MOBY-DICK.  It was wonderful to be reunited with this magnificent work which we commissioned for the opening season of the Winspear Opera House and […]

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 […]

Creating New Opera (And Other Musical Works)

by Suzanne Calvin

December 5th at 6:30 PM in the Winspear’s Hamon Hall — and anyone can come! RSVP today at 214.443.1044. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214-443-1014/suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org THE DALLAS OPERA IS PROUD TO PRESENT THE GENERAL DIRECTOR’S ROUNDTABLE! “CREATING NEW OPERA (And Other Musical Works)” FEATURING MOBY-DICK LIBRETTIST AND AMERICAN LYRICIST GENE SCHEER, ANN […]

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, […]

Why Read Moby-Dick?

by Suzanne Calvin

I’m a tremendous fan of the non-fiction of Nathaniel Philbrick and get his regular e-newsletter. The one that came out today touts his brand-new book, available later this month: “Why Read Moby-Dick?” It is interesting that Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s monumental opera which saw its world premiere here in 2010 seemed to be in […]

Costello Triumphs (Again) at the Met

by Suzanne Calvin

Tony Tommasini was favorably impressed. With Anna Netrebko as the doomed Ann Boleyn but also with Stephen Costello, reprising the role he sang so beautifully with the Dallas Opera last season: “The tenor Stephen Costello won a hearty ovation for his Riccardo (Lord Percy, Anna’s former lover). This was a big assignment for the gifted […]

Moby-Dick Reviewed "Down Under"

by tdoadmin

Overall, it’s a good review of the Southern Hemisphere premiere of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s marvelous “Moby-Dick.” But, admittedly, the reviewer lost me in the final moments with the comment that “It is questionable whether this plot provides all that a modern opera needs to tell a compelling story which gives hope and means […]