Tag Archives: Jake Heggie

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell – San Francisco – Part II

by Megan Meister

Tenor Stephen Costello (“Greenhorn” in MOBY-DICK) with his voice teacher Bill Schuman in San Francisco. It was such a thrill to see MOBY-DICK again last night, with most of the original cast intact from the world premiere in Dallas, along with the original conductor, Patrick Summers and stage director Leonard Foglia. A large group of […]

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell – San Francisco Part 1

by Megan Meister

San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House illuminated at night in the mist I am in San Francisco to attend a performance of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s MOBY-DICK on Saturday night with almost 40 Dallas Opera patrons who wanted the chance to see and hear it again.  I flew out a day early so that […]

Blackburn and Heggie – Together Again

by Suzanne Calvin

Poet Mary Oliver by Josh Reynolds for “The Los Angeles Times,” taken near her home on Cape Cod. I was delighted to see this story out of the Breckenridge Music Festival. While Brahms is certainly no “slouch,” I was particularly pleased to see that Helen Blackburn, principal flutist for the Dallas Opera Orchestra, is also performing […]

Edifice Complex?

by Suzanne Calvin

The glamorous French Opera House, New Orleans, after losing one of its many lives.   There’s a lot of discussion these days about the newest performing arts venues and whether that money could have been better spent somewhere else. But while reading David L. Groover and Cecil C. Conner, Jr.’s Skeletons from the Opera Closet, […]

“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 […]

A Man of Many Marias – and More

by Suzanne Calvin

He’s best known among opera aficionados for “Master Class” but that hardly scratches the surface of the creative output of American playwright/screenwriter and librettist Terrence McNally, who has lately turned his attention to the Dallas Opera and the creation of a brand-new original work entitled “Great Scott” — in collaboration with composer Jake Heggie. However, opera is just […]

Creative Timing

by Suzanne Calvin

Maybe it’s something in the groundwater supply, but there’s been a welcome flurry of announcements today about yet-to-be-created-operas. Besides the announcement of our own commission of a new grand opera by Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally, San Francisco Opera has several ideas for new world premieres up their collective sleeves, as noted by “Washington Post” classical […]