Heggie: Moby-Dick

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Heggie: Moby-Dick


Gramophone Magazine

DVD/Blu-ray of the Month - February 2014



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Release date:

4th Nov 2013






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Heggie: Moby-Dick

From the War Memorial Opera House

Jay Hunter Morris (Captain Ahab), Stephen Costello (Greenhorn), Jonathan Lemalu (Queequeg), Morgan Smith (Starbuck), Talise Trevigne (Pip), Matthew O'Neill (Flask) and Robert Orth (Stubb)

San Francisco Opera, Patrick Summers



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Along with Lucrezia Borgia this is the first EuroArts release in cooperation with the San Francisco Opera,internationally recognized as one of the top opera companies in the world

"Achingly beautiful, magnificently sung and gorgeously staged ... the audience responded with an eight-minutestanding ovation" (Associated Press).

Composer Jake Heggie, in his "finest creation since Dead Man Walking," and librettist Gene Scheer adapt HermanMelville's meditation on man and the sea into "a vibrant, compelling piece of musical theater" (San FranciscoChronicle).

Captain Ahab is played by the Grammy-winning tenor Jay Hunter Morris and principal guest conductor PatrickSummers conducts a cast of brilliant singing actors.

Bonus material (51 mins) includes artist interviews and production timelapse.

Picture format BLU-RAY DISC: 1080i Full HD 16:9 Sound format BLU-RAY DISC: PCM Stereo, DTS DH Master Audio Region code: All (worldwide)

Subtitles: English, German, French

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 142 + 51mins German FSK: 0

Jay Hunter Morris on the role of Captain Ahab

MusicWeb International

9th January 2014

“Heggie seizes all the opportunities that are afforded him...[Hunter Morris's] voice rings out loud and clear with thrilling top notes. Stephen Costello as the contrasting tenor Greenhorn, more lyrical in tone, phrases his music with great skill and much beauty in his floated high notes...[Morgan Smith] produces a wealth of Verdian tone”

BBC Music Magazine

February 2014


“[Hunter Morris] seizes all the dramatic opportunities as Captain Ahab...Lemalu brings musical depth to Queequeg, and Stephen Costello's Greenhorn and Morgan Smith's Starbuck are strong. Beautifully filmed in an atmospheric set enlivened by high-tech nautical projections, this performances makes it easy to see what all the excitement has been about.”

Gramophone Magazine

February 2014

“in this DVD, Moby Dick emerges as an opera that has everything, and takes its place alongside the esteemed oceanic operas Billy Budd and L'amour de loin. Thanks to computer imagery, the seascapes are indeed possible...Overall, the score's thematic development is the work of a master composer.”

International Record Review

March 2014

“[Hunter Morris's] portrait of the demented and ultimately doomed Captain is full of subtlety and depth...Another powerful focal point is the Queequeg of bass Jonathan Lemalu, again not just powerfully sung but vividly characterized...Stephen Costello makes something surprisingly touching, vocally and dramatically, out of the smaller part of the novice Greenhorn.”

Opera Now


“if you eschew contemporary opera as overly dissonant, the tonalities of this work will assuage your fears...Foglia‚Äôs production for San Francisco is visually stunning and the use of projections means that it works well on screen...Hunter Morris is an Ahab who resists overplaying the part, his idiosyncratic Heldentenor cutting through the music.”

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