Great Performances: Moby-Dick from San Francisco Opera

Great Performances: Moby-Dick from San Francisco Opera

Friday, November 1 at 9:00 p.m.

Don't miss Jay Hunter Morris’ bravura performance as Ahab in an operatic adaptation of Melville’s novel.

Composed in two acts and sung in English, Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s opera brings a thrilling new musical dimension to one of the towering classics of American literature, Herman Melville’s celebrated novel Moby-Dick; or, The Whale.

The Bay Area premiere ran for eight performances in the fall of 2012 at the historic War Memorial Opera House. San Francisco Opera Principal Guest Conductor Patrick Summers presided over a vocally resplendent cast of singers including Jay Hunter Morris (Captain Ahab), Stephen Costello (Greenhorn), Jonathan Lemalu (Queequeg), Morgan Smith (Starbuck), Talise Trevigne (Pip), Matthew O’Neill (Flask) and Robert Orth (Stubb), with The San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus (Ian Robertson, Chorus Director), in a stage production directed by Leonard Foglia. 

Bay Area music critics warmly embraced the opera’s premiere. “The result is a masterpiece of clarity and intensity, with a score that is at once thematically compact and richly inventive,” wrote the San Francisco Chronicle.  

“…‘Moby-Dick’ boasts an ace cast and whiz-bang production values: digital projections that conjure the vast rolling seas; physical sets with mile-high masts and Brooklyn-Bridge grids of rigging…‘Moby’ is awesome in a 21st century Broadway kind of way,” extolled the San Jose Mercury News.