Tag Archives: Jake Heggie

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell

by Megan Meister

New York City Auditions, Day 5 My last day in New York was devoted to a theatrical double header to see the work of directors and designers who might be recruited to do an opera production. First up was OTHER DESERT CITIES, directed by Joe Mantello, who staged the world premiere of Jake Heggie’s first […]

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 […]

Moby-Dick Reviewed “Down Under”

by Suzanne Calvin

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 […]

Jonathan Pell, Summer of Opera, Part 25

by Megan Meister

I am at the airport in Adelaide  waiting for my flight to Sydney, and picked up copies of the first newspaper reviews for MOBY-DICK.  The two critics I saw both  raved about Jake Heggie’s music, the production and Jay Hunter Morris’s performance as “Captain Ahab.”  Needless to say, I am delighted. I saw Jay this […]

"Heggie is the new Wagner"

by tdoadmin

What an accolade from Adelaide! Read more of this interview in “The Adelaide Review” with Timothy Sexton, the new head of State Opera of South Australia, where Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s “Moby-Dick” is being revived a year after bringing the house down, here in Dallas. UPDATE: Check out this dress rehearsal footage in a […]

“Heggie is the new Wagner”

by Suzanne Calvin

What an accolade from Adelaide! Read more of this interview in “The Adelaide Review” with Timothy Sexton, the new head of State Opera of South Australia, where Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s “Moby-Dick” is being revived a year after bringing the house down, here in Dallas. UPDATE: Check out this dress rehearsal footage in a […]

Jonathan Pell, Summer of Opera, Part 24

by Megan Meister

I am in Adelaide, and last night was the triumphant Australian premiere of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s MOBY-DICK at the State Opera of South Australia.  The reviews aren’t out yet, but if the audience response is any indication, the production will be as big a hit here as it was in Dallas. It is […]