Friday, October 28, 2011

Guest Announcement: Hepp(ner)ing Up Moby Dick

The San Diego Opera has just announced a cast change for next season's Moby Dick (by Jake Heggie). Canadian Heldentenor Ben Heppner will come and sing Ahab in place of Jay Hunter Morris, who will instead be singing the Götterdämmerung Siegfried with the Metropolitan Opera instead. That, my friends, is no downgrade by any stretch of imagination! 
Moby Dick stage photo by Karen Almond for the Dallas Opera & San Diego Opera
Anyhow, San Diego Opera performs at the Civic Theater in downtown, of course. All operas are sung in original language (never mind the English names used). Here's ticketing & schedule info:

The 2012 International Season
Richard Strauss' Salome: January 28, 31, February 3 and 5 (mat), 2012
Jake Heggie: Moby-Dick: February 18, 21, 24 and 26 (mat), 2012
Gaetano Donizetti's Don Pasquale: March 10, 13, 16 and 18 (mat), 2012
Renée Fleming in Concert March 24, 2012
Gioacchino Rossini's The Barber of Seville: April 21, 24, 27 and 29 (mat), 2012

Single ticket prices, through December 31, are $50, $100, $120, $130, $160, $200 and $210 (with some seats on select nights slightly higher).

Tickets to Renée Fleming in concert start at $100 and up.

Three or four-opera subscriptions for the 2012 International Season are still available. Subscriptions range from $120 - $1,100.

Tuesday Night Senior Discounts are also available for a full series four-opera subscription. Proof of age is required. Call (619) 533-7000 or online at for more information.


yvette said...

I would book for Salomé-Strauss. Not a bad choice really the whole season? (not many though).Can you go to other productions around San Diego without travelling too far out?)

stray said...

So Morris replaces Lehman who replaced Heppner who will be replacing Morris.

Smorg said...

Ciao Yvette: I'd love to catch Salome, too. Loved Lise Lindstorm when she was here as Turandot. :) I will have moved to the Midwest by showtime, though. :o(

Oh, there is also the Lyric Opera of San Diego, though they mostly just do operettas (and in translated English). Sometimes I catch the train or the Greyhound Bus up to catch a show at LA Opera. It's a long commute, though, especially if they show ends late. I got stranded at LA's Central Station once when their Poppea went overtime and I missed the last train home. :o( that was too interesting an experience! :o)

Hi Stray: Ha! And the musical chairs go round and round, ay? :oD