San Francisco Chronicle | Joshua Kosman
“Tenor Stephen Costello was a bright-toned, sympathetic Greenhorn”
In a duet near the beginning of Act 2 of “Moby-Dick,” composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer‘s sumptuous and stirring operatic treatment of the Melville classic, two men dream of going off together to the tiny Polynesian island where one of them was once a prince. It’s a very small place, they sing, surrounded by a very vast ocean.
In just a few minutes of evocative vocal writing and crisp imagery – the piece is a love duet in form, though just as in Melville it dare not speak its name – that interchange captures everything that is most potent about this new work, which had a triumphant opening at the San Francisco Opera on Wednesday night.