A timeless classic, Moby Dick sits atop just about every literary reading list. You’ve heard of it, you’ve probably read it and if you have a high school freshman, like I do, it’s on their reading list right now.
And as said freshman pointed out, the book is big – really big.
On October 31, Moby Dick – the opera – opens at LA Opera.While reading the novel can seem daunting due to the sheer volume of details, the opera brings the story to life. We’d never recommend you see the opera instead of reading the novel – it’s not a substitute or the Cliffs notes version or anything – but, the opera provides you with a rich and vibrant telling that’s pretty close to the big book. (It really is the perfect way to get the would-be reader excited about the classic tale.)
This contemporary masterpiece takes the classic American novel to the stage with the grandeur of opera. Moby Dick comes to LA after playing to sold-out audiences around the world. Highly acclaimed – it’s not to be missed.
Jay Hunter Morris plays a brilliant Captain Ahab. The whale is left largely to your imagination, but his presence is felt and monstrous. The stage includes contraptions that allow acrobats to fly amid incredible projections that you’ll swear are in the middle of the ocean.
It will take you about 25 hours to read the book, but you can see the story come to life in just three if you see it at LA Opera.