Jake Heggie & Gene Scheer’s Moby-Dick

Friday, January 26, 2018 7:30PM
J Q Lawson Capitol Theatre

Jake Heggie & Gene Scheer’s Moby-Dick
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Utah Opera Series

Since its debut in 2010, Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s opera adaptation of Melville’s classic novel has enraptured audiences with its innovative storytelling. Now, come experience this entirely new production created by and for Utah Opera. Don’t miss this incredible combination of astounding visuals and spellbinding music as Utah Opera sweeps you out to sea on a quest fueled by one man’s willingness to risk everything for revenge.

Performed in English with English supertitles.

This production is a co-production with Pittsburgh Opera, Opera San José, Chicago Opera Theater, and Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona.

VENUE: Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre, 50 West 200 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 | Get Directions


Family Night pricing is available for this performance
ELIGIBLE DATES: January 22, 24, 26

$30/two adults + 2 children.

Additional children/ $5 each, up to 6 per pass.
Discount available for youth ages 5 – 18.

CALL 801-533-NOTE (6683)
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Moby-Dick Creators Panel

January 16, 4-5:30 PM
Thompson Chamber Hall DGH, at the University of Utah

Director Kristine McIntyre, Composer Jake Heggie, and Librettist Gene Scheer

Composer Jake Heggie Masterclass

January 17, 2-4 PM
Thompson Chamber Hall DGH, at the University of Utah

Conductor Jaseph Mechavich Masterclass

January 19, 2-4 PM
Vocal Arts Center 1st South and University St, at the University of Utah.


Online Learning Materials

Materials created by  Carol Anderson.

A whale of a tale

SPOILER ALERT: The whale does not have a singing role in this production—but that doesn’t mean this opera doesn’t have a splashy tale. Learn about how the great American novel became a great American opera.
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7 Things you should know about Moby-Dick

What's so notable about an opera based on a book you pretended to read in high school? Learn more about the opera that has wowed audiences worldwide.
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Music by Jake Heggie
Libretto by Gene Scheer
Commissioned by The Dallas Opera Company
Kristine McIntyre, stage director
Joseph Mechavich, conductor
Michaella Calzaretta, Chorus Master
Erhard Rom, Set Designer
Jessica Jahn, Costume Designer
Marcus Dilliard, Lighting Designer
Daniel Charon, Choreographer

Roger Honeywell, Captain Ahab
Joshua Dennis, Greenhorn
David Adam Moore, Starbuck
Musa Ngqungwana, Queequeg
Joseph Gaines, Flask
Craig Irvin, Stubb
Jasmine Habersham, Pip
Jesús Vicente Murillo*, Captain Gardiner/Spanish Sailor
Babatunde Akinboboye, Daggoo
Keanu Aiono-Netzler, Tashtego
Anthony Buck, Nantucket Sailor

Utah Opera Chorus
Utah Symphony


Opera 40th Anniversary Season Sponsor

Eccles Foundation

Presenting Sponsor


Production Sponsor

AHE/CI Trust   Janet Q. Lawson Foundation

Opera Conductor Sponsor


Opera Artistic Director Sponsor

Patricia A. Richards and William K. Nichols   Emma Eccles Jones Foundation

Resident Artist Sponsor (Christopher Oglesby)


Opening Performance Sponsor

Vicki and Michael Callen   Carol Franc Buck Foundation

Floral Season Sponsor


Cast Party Sponsor

Every Blooming Thing   Bambara

VIP Intermission Reception Sponsor


VIP Intermission Reception Wine Sponsor

J. Wong's Asian Bistro   The Empress Theatre

Supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Arts


RUN TIME: Approximately 2 hours 40 minutes including intermission.
GENERAL AGE GUIDELINE: Individuals ages five and older are welcome at this performance. Parents should ensure their children are able to sit quietly through the performance without disturbing others around them. No babes in arms will be admitted.