NKU to host live screening of PBS broadcast of 'Moby-Dick' opera Nov. 1

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Thursday – Sept. 26, 2013

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - Northern Kentucky University will host a live screening of the PBS Great Performances broadcast of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s Moby-Dick opera on Friday, Nov. 1, at 9 p.m., in the Griffin Hall George and Ellen Rieveschl Digitorium.

The opera received rave reviews at its world premiere at the Dallas Opera in 2010 and at subsequent productions in Australia, Canada, San Diego and San Francisco. Cincinnati Opera will produce Heggie and Scheer’s Moby-Dick in 2016.

Robert K. Wallace, regents professor of English at NKU, attended the world premiere. His book, titled Heggie and Scheer’s Moby-Dick, was published by University of North Texas Press earlier this year. Opera Today has called Dr. Wallace’s book “the perfect companion volume when Moby-Dick is eventually issued on DVD or Blu-ray.” The book features interviews with the composer, librettist and members of the cast and creative team.

“I am thrilled that Cincinnati Opera and CET are joining with us in hosting this PBS screening in the NKU Digitorium,” Dr. Wallace said. “This Moby-Dick opera has extraordinary digital projections, and to see it unfold on our state-of-the-art screen will be the next best thing to being in the opera house itself. It will also be wonderful to see the eight principal singers from multiple camera angles, and to hear their vocal artistry over a fine sound system.”

The Nov. 1 screening will be preceded by a reception and book signing at 8 p.m. At 8:40 p.m., The Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director of Cincinnati Opera, Evans Mirageas, will join Wallace in presenting brief remarks about the Moby-Dick opera. The screening is co-sponsored by CET, Cincinnati Opera and the NKU Office of the Provost; it will be the culmination of a week-long celebration of National Opera Week in the Greater Cincinnati area.

“Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer have created an opera for the 21st century that audiences will enjoy whether or not they have read Melville’s novel,” Dr. Wallace said. “This Great Performances broadcast will be an unforgettable preview of the Cincinnati Opera production in 2016.”

The screening is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required by Oct. 28 to specialevents@nku.edu. For further information contact Dr. Wallace at wallacer@nku.edu or Cincinnati Opera at kholterhoff@cincinnatiopera.org.

In related news…

The NKU Department of Theatre and Dance will present Moby-Dick Rehearsed through Oct. 6 in the Robert & Rosemary Stauss Theatre. The show, directed by Michael W. Hatton, tells the story of a Shakespearean company that puts down its rehearsal sides of Lear and curiously takes up those of a new play titled Moby-Dick. On the rehearsal stage of platforms, the teasers overhead suddenly become yardarms with sails and a tall ladder becomes a mast. The platforms become the decks of the ship on which the cast sails through the storms and tribulations of the Pequod hunting for Moby Dick.

Moby-Dick Rehearsed begins at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and at 3 p.m. on Sundays. There are no performances on Mondays or Tuesdays. Tickets are $14 for adults, $13 for NKU faculty/staff/alumni, $11 for seniors, $8 for student with school ID, and $10 for groups of 10 or more. Limited tickets are still available.

Additional information is available at http://artscience.nku.edu/departments/theatre/boxoffice.html.

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