Music symposium explores how ‘Moby-Dick’ became an opera

'Moby-Dick' Dallas Opera world premiere posterSMU professors and special guests will share the stage in a symposium on the transformation of a great American novel into a full-scale opera.

“From Page to Stage: The Operatic Journey of Moby-Dick previews the Dallas Opera’s world premiere of the Gene ScheerJake Heggie opera based on Herman Melville’s classic. The symposium takes place March 27-28, 2010, and is a collaboration with the Texas Book Festival and the Division of Music in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts.

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Highlights include:

  • “Melville, the Man” – 2 p.m. March 27, Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Free. Moderated by pianist and popular pre-concert speaker Shields-Collins Bray, with Melville scholar T. Walter Herbert (professor emeritus at Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas) and Duncan Osborne, Melville’s great-grandson. For more information, contact Dallas Opera patron services coordinator Shelby Covington, 214-443-1013.
  • “Melville, the Inspiration” – 3:15 p.m. March 27, Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Free. Moderated by Bray, with Heggie and Scheer, with readings from the novel by Michael Connolly, head of acting in the Meadows School’s Division of Theatre. For more information, contact Shelby Covington, 214-443-1013.
  • “Melville, In the Heart of the Sea” – 4 p.m. March 28, Hamon Hall, Winspear Opera House. Free, but limited to subscribers and donors to the Dallas Opera, Texas Book Festival, and Meadows School Division of Music; reservations required. Moderated by KERA reporter-producer Jerome Weeks, with Scheer and 2007 Pulitzer Prize finalist Nathaniel Philbrick (author of In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, a 2001 book recounting the true story that inspired Melville’s Moby-Dick). For more information, call the Dallas Opera hot line at 214-443-1044, or R.S.V.P. at