Composing Moby-Dick

By Jake Heggie

The creation of this opera began in early 2005, when the Dallas Opera contacted me about composing a new work as part of the inaugural season at the Winspear Opera House in 2010. At the time, I was at work on a piece with playwright Terrence McNally. He had been the librettist for our opera Dead Man Walking (2000) and we had been on the lookout for another big project. When I asked Terrence what he thought, he said “There’s only one opera I’m interested in doing: Moby-Dick.” I think I was as stunned as anybody. It seemed a gargantuan, impossible undertaking. But he is a great man of the American theater, and when I saw the knowing sparkle in his eye, I knew it was possible.

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Don’t miss the NSO in more than 50 free events around Capitol Hill and H St. NE, including two concerts at Union Station!
NSO In Your Neighborhood
Next week, NSO In Your Neighborhood heads to Capitol Hill and H St. Northeast bringing free chamber music, orchestral concerts, educational events, and more. Members of the NSO will break into small ensembles to present more than 50 performances and activities throughout the community, including two full orchestra concerts at Union Station. Locations include Rock & Roll Hotel, the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, and the Marine Barracks Annex John P. Sousa Band Hallas well as unique spaces like Homebody, Ebenezers Coffeehouse, Atlas Performing Arts Center, The Congressional Cemetery Chapel, and more. Don’t miss out!


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Jan. 7–13 | Multiple locations

nationalsymphony:

Don’t miss the NSO in more than 50 free events around Capitol Hill and H St. NE, including two concerts at Union Station!

NSO In Your Neighborhood

Next week, NSO In Your Neighborhood heads to Capitol Hill and H St. Northeast bringing free chamber music, orchestral concerts, educational events, and more. Members of the NSO will break into small ensembles to present more than 50 performances and activities throughout the community, including two full orchestra concerts at Union Station. Locations include Rock & Roll Hotel, the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, and the Marine Barracks Annex John P. Sousa Band Hallas well as unique spaces like Homebody, Ebenezers Coffeehouse, Atlas Performing Arts Center, The Congressional Cemetery Chapel, and more. Don’t miss out!
Follow the NSO on Facebookand #NSOneighbor on Twitter for live updates on events.
Jan. 7–13 | Multiple locations

Don’t miss the broadcast of the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors this Sunday, Dec. 29 at 9 p.m. on CBS. It’s a 2-hour star-studded tribute to Martina Arroyo, Herbie Hancock, Billy Joel, Shirley MacLaine, and Carlos Santana featuring Anna Kendrick, Brendon Urie, Sheila E, Snoop Dogg, Sondra Radvanovsky, and many, many more! (Photos by Jeffrey Staab ©2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved)


We asked members of our children’s chorus to answer some questions about performing in “The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me.” With a little help from their parents, a few of them sent along their answers:
 
WNO: Which of the animals in the show do you think you are most like and why?
Caroline Coleman: I think I am most like the donkey because I feel like we’re both optimistic. Also, I always try to do the best that I can do and the donkey has that attitude too.
Kianna Kelly-Futch: My favorite animal has to be … the Fat Cat because she is very dramatic like me and cats are one of my favorite animals.  They are very cute.
Naomi Wager: The cat and the flamingo because I like to jump around like a cat and I like to do bird dances, BUT I am a lot like flamingo at home!!
Jared Marshall: I believe I’m mostly like the donkey because I am really modest and humble just like he is. 
 
WNO: How did you get started singing/acting?
Caroline: I took a musical theatre class when I was six and loved it. My first experience on stage was as a munchkin in “The Wizard of Oz” when I was 9. I wore a flowerpot on my head and was on stage for 11 minutes—I was hooked.
Kianna: I started singing in the church when I was 2 years old. I got to lead praise and worship and blew them away. I started acting when I was 5, when I did my first pageant.
Naomi: I really like to act at home and I love dancing too. My brother and I love to put on operas and musicals at home. My mom really inspired me to dance and sing.
Jared: I started singing in church at the age of 5. As I went through school I played parts in plays and have sung with several choirs. I was taught to sight read music by my middle school music teacher and my theory teachers with the Maryland State Boychoir, which has opened many opportunities for my music. 
 
WNO:  What’s your favorite part of being in an opera?
Caroline: I really like to sing and think the music is beautiful.
Kainna: My favorite part of being in the opera is working with the other cast members.  Especially when the Lion was auditioning for the role of bringing Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem to give birth to baby Jesus.
Naomi: I love singing and moving from place to place (town to town). I love to go to different towns, cities, cultures!!!
Jared: My favorite part is partially the staging and costumes, but also working around the characters and friends in the Children’s Chorus.

We asked members of our children’s chorus to answer some questions about performing in “The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me.” With a little help from their parents, a few of them sent along their answers:

 

WNO: Which of the animals in the show do you think you are most like and why?

Caroline Coleman: I think I am most like the donkey because I feel like we’re both optimistic. Also, I always try to do the best that I can do and the donkey has that attitude too.

Kianna Kelly-Futch: My favorite animal has to be … the Fat Cat because she is very dramatic like me and cats are one of my favorite animals.  They are very cute.

Naomi Wager: The cat and the flamingo because I like to jump around like a cat and I like to do bird dances, BUT I am a lot like flamingo at home!!

Jared Marshall: I believe I’m mostly like the donkey because I am really modest and humble just like he is. 

 

WNO: How did you get started singing/acting?

Caroline: I took a musical theatre class when I was six and loved it. My first experience on stage was as a munchkin in “The Wizard of Oz” when I was 9. I wore a flowerpot on my head and was on stage for 11 minutes—I was hooked.

Kianna: I started singing in the church when I was 2 years old. I got to lead praise and worship and blew them away. I started acting when I was 5, when I did my first pageant.

Naomi: I really like to act at home and I love dancing too. My brother and I love to put on operas and musicals at home. My mom really inspired me to dance and sing.

Jared: I started singing in church at the age of 5. As I went through school I played parts in plays and have sung with several choirs. I was taught to sight read music by my middle school music teacher and my theory teachers with the Maryland State Boychoir, which has opened many opportunities for my music. 

 

WNO:  What’s your favorite part of being in an opera?

Caroline: I really like to sing and think the music is beautiful.

Kainna: My favorite part of being in the opera is working with the other cast members.  Especially when the Lion was auditioning for the role of bringing Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem to give birth to baby Jesus.

Naomi: I love singing and moving from place to place (town to town). I love to go to different towns, cities, cultures!!!

Jared: My favorite part is partially the staging and costumes, but also working around the characters and friends in the Children’s Chorus.