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With L.A. Opera's 'Moby-Dick,' call it a success

With L.A. Opera's 'Moby-Dick,' call it a success

On the cover of its July issue, Opera News dubbed Jake Heggie "U.S. opera's most successful composer." It was an odd pronouncement for the in-house publication of the Metropolitan Opera Guild. As of last summer, neither the Met nor the main companies in America's two other largest cities had performed anything by Heggie, whose operas have hardly the reputation or reach of those by Philip Glass and John Adams.

But the last weekend was nonetheless a big one for Heggie. Though the Met and the Lyric Opera of Chicago demonstrate no Heggiean inclinations, Los Angeles Opera gave the local premiere of his "Moby-Dick" on Saturday night. The evening before, Dallas Opera...