Jake Heggie’s new opera – Moby Dick – premiered in San Francisco.
Here is the review of the opera from Ionarts (by Robert R. Reilly):
To say that mounting Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick as an opera is a daunting task is an understatement of considerable proportions. One has to admire Heggie’s nerve in undertaking it. He, his librettist, the director, and the designer have not completely succeeded for the simple fact that no one could. How do you distill a 600-page novel that poses the question as to whether the order of creation is rational or willfully malign, and that deals with the relationships between freedom and necessity, and between providence and the existence of evil, into a three-hour opera?
I came across this short program in which Heggie talks about the process of writing an opera based on Moby Dick: