01 May 2010
Grand and glorious kudos to Jake Heggie, master-composer of operas in our time! By all accounts a tremendous triumph, Jake's opera Moby-Dick -- which had its premiere last evening in Dallas TX -- was well worth waiting for. Bravissimo Jake and the entire performance and production teams on their collaborative success!!
How can I, a mere tea maven, claim such first-name familiarity with this fellow? Have a seat and I'll tell you... Trixie and I had the unmatched pleasure of attending not just the first, but the first THREE, performances on the whole planet of a gorgeous piece he wrote for a pal of ours, cellist Emil Miland, called "Holy the Firm" (which required much travel and jockeying for seats, and it was worth it every time)... we bumped into the maestro -- gently, of course! -- backstage after performances of Dead Man Walking in San Francisco... and we attend private parties in his honor from time to time... so forgive me if I take liberties, but it's TOO exciting to see the whole world agreeing with what we have known for years: he's wonderful.
The news of Maestro Heggie et al.'s success spurs us to prepare a big pot of Yunnan Superb* and to raise filled-to-sloshing cups of tea in their honor. Well done, everyone.
Thrilled to the marrow today,
* while supplies last -- this is a popular choice among MayDay discount coupon users!
p.s. Watch for an eloquent installment from dear Opera Tattler about Moby-Dick... she has followed the progress of this opera since its early days.
p.p.s. A special acknowledgment for young tenor Matthew O'Neill, who stepped into the role of Flask, and whom we have admired since his days at the San Francisco Opera Center (other notable SFO-connected people in this opera include Maestro Patrick Summers and baritone Robert Orth, superb artists all).