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Lawrence Renes; Michael Grandage; San Francisco Opera; Christopher Oram; John Chest; Christian Van Horn
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The Makropulos Case in San Francisco: it's about time

Nadja Michael (Emilia Marty) and Stephen Powell (Baron Jaroslav Prus) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
Despite the black and white palate, this Makropulos Case has plenty of color. Nadja Michael heads the cast with her fiery portrayal of Elina Makropulos, and conductor Mikahil Tatrnikov makes a triumphant San Francisco Opera debut in the pit.
****1
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The heart of the sea: Moby-Dick

Jay Hunter Morris (Captain Ahab) © Craig T Mathew | LA Opera
American composer Jake Heggie makes his Los Angeles Opera debut in this powerful performance of his 2010 opera, Moby-Dick.
****1
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Relentless, Musically Exceptional: LA Opera's Billy Budd

“It is not his trial, it is mine, mine. It is I whom the devil awaits.” Richard Croft's Vere leads an outstanding cast in LA Opera's revival of Billy Budd.
****1
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Jake Heggie's Moby-Dick triumphs in San Francisco

Though reports of the work’s importance and dramatic power have attended it since its 2010 premiere in Dallas, I doubt many in the audience of the War Memorial Opera House on Wednesday night were prepared for the impact of Jake Heggie’s Moby-Dick.
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