San Francisco Opera broadcasts continue on Classical 90.5 at noon this Saturday, September 14th, with a performance of Moby-Dick by Jake Heggie, with a libretto by Gene Scheer based on the novel Moby Dick by Herman Melville. The performance will be sung in English and will run approximately three hours and fifteen minutes.
"Achingly beautiful, magnificently sung and gorgeously staged...the audience responded with an eight-minute standing ovation" said the Associated Press of Moby-Dick, completed in 2010. Composer Jake Heggie, in his "finest creation since Dead Man Walking," and librettist Gene Scheer adapt Herman Melville's meditation on man and the sea into "a vibrant, compelling piece of musical theater" as noted by the San Francisco Chronicle. Starring as the fierce, obsessive whaling-boat captain whose descent into madness puts his crew in mortal danger is Jay Hunter Morris, whose “fiery brilliance in his resplendent upper range captured both Ahab’s inner strength and demonic possession” wrote Kenneth Herman of sandiego.com. Mr. Morris recently also made headlines by taking over the title role of Wagner's Siegfried both at San Francisco Opera and the Metropolitan Opera.
San Francisco Opera Principal Guest Conductor Patrick Summers, praised by The New York Times for his "lyrical flow and suitably stormy climaxes," conducts the cast of brilliant singing actors.