The Dallas Opera Announces Return of Heggie and Scheer's MOBY-DICK, 11/04/2016
The Dallas Opera tonight capped a phenomenally successful season with the announcement that the original Leonard Foglia production of composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer's powerful twenty-first century masterpiece, MOBY-DICK, will be returning to the site of its triumphant 2010 world premiere. This limited engagement will begin onFriday, November 4, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.
MOBY-DICK, a critically acclaimed contemporary opera based on the epic novel by Herman Melville, will be conducted by our esteemed music director, Emmanuel Villaume. The production has also inspired the return of many of the artists who created these iconic roles, including tenor Stephen Costello as "Greenhorn," baritone Morgan Smith as "Starbuck" and New Zealand bass-baritoneJonathan Lemalu as the mysterious "Queequeg."
The announcement was made this evening at the Dallas Opera's annual Spring Gala, dubbed "A Texas Homecoming," in which tenor Jay Hunter Morris - the star of the Dallas Opera's current production of Erich Wolfgang Korngold's Die tote Stadt ("The Dead City") performed before an audience of enraptured patrons, as well as area high school and university fine arts students.
"I have a special affection for Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer's masterpiece," explained Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny. "I consider it one of the finest operas of recent years and it originated here in Dallas. The experience was electrifying for those lucky enough to secure tickets for that original 2010 world premiere-a production which sent shock waves throughout the music world and, subsequently, was performed to great acclaim from Adelaide, Australia to San Francisco and beyond.
"What a thrill it is to announce that Jay Hunter Morris, the renowned Heldentenor who inherited the mantle of Captain Ahab from Ben Heppner, will command the Pequod once more when it returns to its 'home port' in 2016."