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Jake Heggie

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Adapting the classic American novel, composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer’s award-winning opera follows the Captain Ahab’s epic descent into madness as he searches for the great white whale. With its inventive score, this contemporary opera masterfully transforms Herman Melville’s celebrated novel into a thrillingly modern piece of theater.

As desperate obsession demands life and loyalty of the crew, Moby-Dick explores the ferocious and unforgiving nature of life at sea. Complexes of masts, ropes and sails are counterpointed by stylized projections to vividly establish months of wandering through stormy seas and silent constellations. Starring Jay Hunter Morris as the enigmatic Captain Ahab.


ConductorPatrick Summers

DirectorLeonard Foglia

CastJay Hunter Morris | Stephen Costello | Jonathan Lemalu | Morgan Smith

Number of acts2 Acts

Sung inEnglish

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