Release date: 10/15/2013

San Francisco Opera in Partnership with EuroArts Music International and Naxos of America Releases Productions of Moby-Dick and Lucrezia Borgia on DVD and Blue-ray on Tuesday, October 29

PBS Great Performances to air Moby-Dick as part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival on Friday, November 1

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October 15, 2013 (San Francisco, CA)—San Francisco Opera, as part of a new partnership with EuroArts Music International and Naxos of America, will release the Company’s productions of Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia featuring Renée Fleming and the premiere recording of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s Moby-Dick on DVD and Blu-ray on October 29, 2013. Distributed world-wide by Naxos, the DVD (RRP $24.99) and Blu-Ray (RRP $39.99) releases will be available from all major retailers as well as the San Francisco Opera Shop (order forms also available at
PBS will also feature San Francisco Opera for the first time since 2002 in a broadcast of the Company’s production of Moby-Dick on THIRTEEN’s Great Performances during the PBS Arts Fall Festival on Friday, November 1 at 9 p.m. (check local listings). This live-to-tape broadcast is produced by San Francisco Opera’s resident production team in collaboration with WNET using San Francisco Opera’s in-house high-definition media facilities.
Recorded in October 2012, Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s universally praised Moby-Dick, an adaptation of Herman Melville’s classic novel set for the lyric stage, features tenor Jay Hunter Morris in the role of Captain Ahab, Stephen Costello as Greenhorn, Morgan Smith as Starbuck, Jonathan Lemalu as Queequeg and Talise Trevigne as Pip.  Principal Guest Conductor Patrick Summers conducts the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus. The San Francisco Opera presentation reunited composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer with the original creative team of director Leonard Foglia, set designer Robert Brill, costume designer Jane Greenwood, video projection designer Elaine J. McCarthy and choreographer Keturah Stickann.  Moby-Dick was co-commissioned by San Francisco Opera in partnership with the Dallas Opera, San Diego Opera, Calgary Opera and the State Opera of South Australia, and premiered at the Dallas Opera’s Winspear Opera House in April 2010. 
To celebrate the premiere DVD release of Moby-Dick, composer Jake Heggie and conductor Patrick Summers will sign copies of Moby-Dick in the War Memorial Opera House main lobby on Sunday, November 3 following the matinee performance of Der Fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman).  
Donizetti’s rarely heard bel canto gem Lucrezia Borgia vividly comes alive in this plush recording from October 2011 with a highly praised cast distinguished by San Francisco Opera veteran Renée Fleming in the title role, Michael Fabiano as Gennaro, Elizabeth DeShong as Maffio Orsini, and Vitalij Kowaljow as Duke Alfonso. Riccardo Frizza conducts the San Francisco Opera Chorus and Orchestra in a lavish Italian Renaissance production designed and directed by John Pascoe, originally for Washington National Opera.
Recorded live in high-definition at San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House, the DVD/Blu-ray recordings feature special bonus material including interviews with cast members, program notes, plot synopses and production photographs. Moby-Dick and Lucrezia Borgia represent the first of six operas to be released by San Francisco Opera in this new collaboration with EuroArts, with an additional four operas expected to be announced in 2014. 
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The media production of Moby-Dick from San Francisco Opera is made possible, in part, by the generous support of Helen & Peter Bing, Ms. Joanne Bober, Margaret Boulware & Hartley Hampton, Gordon P. & Ann G. Getty, Stephen & Diane Heiman, Joan & Irwin Jacobs Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, Eugene McDermott Foundation, Sara & Bill Morgan, Lloyd E. Rigler-Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation, and Dr. Kenneth & Laurel Stein Duty & Devotion Memorial Fund. The filming of Moby-Dick from San Francisco Opera is made possible, in part, by the Koret-Taube Media Suite.

Moby-Dick from San Francisco Opera is a co-production of San Francisco Opera and THIRTEEN in association with WNET. Directed by Frank Zamacona, the television production is produced by Jessica Koplos and Matthew Shilvock; David Gockley is executive producer. For Great Performances, John Walker is producer, Bill O’Donnell is series producer and David Horn is executive producer.

Great Performances is a production of THIRTEEN for WNET, one of America’s most prolific and respected public media providers. Throughout its 40-year history on public television, Great Performances has provided viewers across the country with an unparalleled showcase of the best in all genres of the performing arts, serving as America’s most prestigious and enduring broadcaster of cultural programming.  Over the course of its four decades, the series has been the home to the greatest artists in the areas of drama, dance, musical theater, classical and popular music, providing many with their very first television exposure.

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