SAN JOSE, CA — Opera San José’s 35th season continues with Jake Heggie & Gene Scheer’s Moby-Dick at the California Theatre. It runs from February 9-24. [Click here for event information]
The Bay Area is home to a number of internationally celebrated composers and, 17 years ago, Jake Heggie became a major international player when he premiered Dead Man Walking at the San Francisco Opera. It went on to become one of the most-performed and highl-lauded contemporary operas of the century. His Moby-Dick, which premiered at the Dallas Opera in 2010, has now been presented in opera companies from Australia to Washington D.C. and Calgary to Los Angeles.
Opera San José is very pleased to be a co-producer of a new production of Moby-Dick headed by Utah Opera with fellow co-producers Pittsburgh Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre, and the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.
This epic is one of the most absorbing dramas for the opera stage, requiring not just brilliant singing, but fully-fledged actors who can sing these powerful roles. This production from Opera San José is funded in part by a City of San José Cultural Affairs grant and a grant from the Carol Franc Buck Foundation.
Moby-Dick will be sung in English with English supertitles. Runtime is approximately two hours and forty minutes. Opera San José will present six performances of this opera.
General Director Larry Hancock will present a free 45-minute talk to ticket holders about the opera at the California Theatre before each performance. The talk begins at 6:30pm prior to evening performances and at 1:30pm prior to Sunday matinees.
Opera San José, performing at the beautiful California Theatre in downtown San Jose, is a professional, regional opera company that is unique in the United States. Maintaining a resident company of principal artists, Opera San José specializes in showcasing the finest young professional singers in the nation. In addition to mainstage performances, Opera San José maintains extensive educational programs in schools and in the community at large, and it offers preview lectures and Introduction to Opera talks for all mainstage productions.