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Jake Heggie’s opera is traditional in the extreme: if you eschew contemporary opera as overly dissonant, the tonalities of this work will assuage your fears. If you prefer something more challenging then perhaps avoid it. Leonard Foglia’s production for San Francisco is visually stunning and the use of projections means that it works well on screen. Foglia captures the life on board the ship Pequod, but also takes his cast out to sea in their whaling boats and the effect is both exciting and eerie. He also draws detailed performances from his cast. Jay Hunter Morris is an Ahab who resists overplaying the part, his idiosyncratic Heldentenor cutting through the music. Stephen Costelloe is an affecting Greenhorn, a role that suits not just his lyric tenor but his sometimes slightly removed personality. Morgan Smith is a vivid Starbuck and the remaining cast strong. Patrick Summers draws an emotional performance from the orchestra.

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