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Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s grand opera Moby-Dick was a stunning success in the world premiere production by the Dallas Opera in 2010. Robert K. Wallace attended the final performance of the Dallas production and has written this book so readers can experience the process by which this contemporary masterpiece was created and performed on stage. Interviews with the creative team and draft revisions of the libretto and score show the opera in the process of being born. Interviews with the principal singers and the production staff follow the five-week rehearsal period into the world premiere production, each step of the way illustrated by more than two hundred color photographs by Karen Almond. Opera fans, lovers of Moby-Dick, and students of American and global culture will welcome this book as highly readable and visually enthralling account of the creation of a remarkable new opera that does full justice to its celebrated literary source. Just as Heggie and Scheer’s opera is enjoyed by operagoers with no direct knowledge of Moby-Dick, so will this book be enjoyed by opera fans unaware of Melville and by Melville fans unaware of opera.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. p. 1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 6-7
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  1. Foreword by Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. x-xii
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  1. Prologue - Setting the Stage
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. Part 1. Creative Voyage, 2005–2010
  2. pp. 11-58
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  1. Part 2. Libretto by Gene Scheer: Moby-Dick, An Opera in Two Acts
  2. pp. 59-92
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  1. Part 3. Rehearsing a World Premiere, March–April 2010
  2. pp. 93-120
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  1. Part 4. Moby-Dick on the Opera Stage
  2. pp. 121-124
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  1. Act 1
  2. pp. 124-163
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  1. Act 2
  2. pp. 164-197
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  1. Bows, Backstage, and Bios
  2. pp. 198-205
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  1. Epilogue - Sailing On
  2. pp. 207-214
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 215-216
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  1. References and Resources
  2. pp. 217-221
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 223-226
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781574415209
Related ISBN
9781574415070
MARC Record
OCLC
843881923
Pages
240
Launched on MUSE
2013-05-19
Language
English
Open Access
No
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