Moby-Dick Ancillary Events

We invite you to attend special events hosted by our community partners. You can choose from lectures, discussions, performances and activities leading up to the opera's premiere and beyond. We hope you'll take advantage of the many experiences on offer.

San Francisco Opera Guild, East Bay Chapter Presents an Evening with Jake Heggie

Jake Heggie, Composer of Moby-Dick,
Laura Krumm, mezzo soprano, and Ao Li, baritone

Sunday, September 2nd, 2012, 5:00pm
At the Veteran’s Memorial Building
3780 Mt. Diablo Boulevard in Lafayette

Bay Area composer Jake Heggie will talk about the making of his acclaimed opera Moby-Dick and its upcoming
Company premiere at San Francisco Opera, embellishing his presentation by playing excerpts from the opera.

Outstanding Adler Fellows Laura Krumm and Ao Li will sing selections from the works of Jake Heggie.

5:00pm Check-in
5:15pm Program, followed by food, wine, coffee, and tea

Invite friends! Non-members are very welcome.

Cost: $50 (approx. $30 tax deductible) All proceeds benefit the opera education programs for
students, as well as young singers in the Adler Fellowship and Merola Opera Programs.

For Information, contact Silvia Lin at (925) 838-9255,

To offer savories or sweets, contact Co-Chairs
Ginnie Thibodeaux at (925) 254-0875,
Elva Cooper at (925) 846-2092


Reservation Deadline: August 24. Mail reservation form to Clyde Allen, 1463 Indian Head Circle, Clayton 94517,
with check payable to SFOG, EBC.

This is not a ticketed event. Names will be at the door.


Moby-Dick Film

September 29, 2012, 7:30pm
Balclutha, Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
(enter at the intersection of Hyde Street and Jefferson Street)

A screening of Moby-Dick aboard the historic ship Balclutha. Presented as part of the Floating Films series at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

Donation: $5-$15
Open seating begins 7:30pm, showtime 8:30pm
Donation bar open

RSVP guarantees your seat!
(415) 561-6662

For more information:


Moby-Dick Preview Lectures—San Francisco Opera Guild

Learn more about each opera's composer and librettist and historical and musical context at one of Guild's special preview lectures. These 90-minute sessions feature noted musicologists, composeers, librettists, and singers and are sponsored by the Bay Area's Opera Guild Chapters (East Bay, Marin, Peninsula, San Francisco and Sonoma) and the San Jose Opera Guild. Each session is illustrated by audio and visual examples and includes a question-and-answer and discussion period.

Lecturer: Gene Scheer


Marin Chapter—October 1, 2012

Villa Marin, 100 Thorndale Drive, San Rafael

TIME: Lecture held at 8:00pm, preceded at 7:30pm by complimentary refreshments

ADMISSION: $12 single lecture/ $10 members, or $50 for series of six

FOR INFORMATION: Contact Tenki Davis at (415) 457-1118 or


San Jose Opera Guild—October 2, 2012

Addison-Penzak JCC Silicon Valley, 14855 Oka Road, Suite 201, Los Gatos

TIME: 10:00am

ADMISSION: Fall lectures: free to San Jose Opera Guild and JCC members, $10 for everyone else
FOR INFORMATION: Contact Steve Zilles at


Peninsula Chapter—October 2, 2012

First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto, 1140 Cowper Street, Palo Alto

TIME: 7:30pm

ADMISSION: $10 per single lecture or $50 for full season. Please send check, payable to SFOG-Peninsula to Karen Burtness Prak,651 College Ave., Menlo Park, CA 94025-5201. Both members and non-members can buy single admissions at the regular price in advance.

FOR INFORMATION: Contact Karen Burtness Prak at (650) 329-1374 or email her at


San Francisco Chapter—October 3, 2012

Koret Auditorium, Lower Level, New Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA

TIME: 12:00pm


FOR INFORMATION: call (415) 565-6433 or email


East Bay Chapter—October 3, 2012

St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 451 Moraga Way, Orinda

TIME: Lecture held at 8:00pm

ADMISSION: $10 per single lecture or $50 for a series of 6 lectures of the 2012-13 Season. Reservations are encouraged.

Please contact Brad Wade at or at (925) 945-7347. To facilitate check-in, please prepay! (When sending a check for single lectures, please specify for which particular lecture.) Please send check, payable to SFOG, EBC, to Clyde Allen, 1463 Indian Head Circle, Clayton, CA 94517.


Sonoma Chapter—October 4, 2012

Kenwood Depot, 314 Warm Springs Road, Kenwood, CA

TIME: 10:30am

ADMISSION: $10 for individual lectures

INFORMATION: Contact Pat Clothier at (707) 538-2549 or or Neva Turer at (707) 539-1220 or for further information


Insight Panel Discussion—Moby-Dick

October 3, 2012, 6:00pm

View a video of the panel discussion on our Moby-Dick page.

Herbst Theater in the Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco

Renowned artists and personalities from the world of opera share their insights and experiences during informal panel discussions. Fall Opera Guild Insights are held from 6pm to 7pm in the Herbst Theater in the Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco.

Insight panels are free for Opera members & subscribers and $5 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased at the door 30 minutes prior to discussions.


Great Voices of the Season UC Berkeley OLLI Class  

Wednesdays, 2–4pm
October 3–November 7, 2012

UH Room 41B
University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Enrich your appreciation of the music being presented this fall at San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Performances. Explore a gold mine of audio and video recordings that reveal the myriad ways in which the human voice can touch the heart, inspire, and help make us whole. Discounts to specific opera performances and the opportunity to attend a preview of Moby-Dick will be offered. Recommended reading: Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick.

Jason Victor Serinus has written for Opera Now, American Record Guide, Carnegie Hall, Stanford Live, Gramophone, California Magazine, San Francisco Examiner, Bay Area Reporter, and numerous other outlets. He whistled Puccini as “The Voice of Woodstock” in an Emmy-nominated Peanuts cartoon.


Chantey Sing at Hyde Street Pier

October 6, 2012, 8pm

A public sing-along of sea chanteys and sailor songs aboard a historic ship at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

8pm to Midnight. Wear warm clothing and bring a mug for hot cider.

Free Admission. Reservations required, call (415) 561-7171.

For more information, click here.

Litquake Festival—Thar She Blows! From Page to Stage: Transforming Moby-Dick into an Opera

October 8, 2012, 6:00pm

San Francisco Opera
301 Van Ness Avenue
5th-Floor Chorus Room
Litquake Festival presents:
Moby-Dick librettist Gene Scheer in Conversation with Geoffrey Green

Lyricist, librettist, and composer Gene Scheer, will be in conversation about Moby-Dick with Geoffrey Green, San Francisco State University professor and author.

FREE and open to the public.

San Francisco's Literary Festival
October 5–13


Moby-Dick Panel at UC Berkeley

October 11, 2012, 3:00pm

Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall, UC Berkeley

A panel discussion about Moby-Dick, the novel and the opera, moderated by Dr. Samuel Otter, Professor of English at UC Berkeley. Professor Otter will be joined by Jake Heggie, composer, Gene Scheer, librettist, Dr. Robert Wallace, Professor of English at Northern Kentucky University, and John Kapusta, Department of Music, Berkeley.

Seating is first-come, first-served. A reception will follow the discussion.

Click here for more information.   

Moby-Dick Panel at California Academy of Sciences

Tuesday, October 16, 7p

Moby-Dick: A Whale of a Tale

Join us for a lively conversation jointly presented by the San Francisco Opera and the California Academy of Science where we will dive into the ocean’s depths to explore the sights, sounds and science surrounding Herman Melville’s great classic, Moby-Dick, as presented by the San Francisco Opera. This masterpiece of American Literature has been transformed into a visually stunning and compelling piece of musical theatre. We will explore how the production team creates a sense of place with their imaginative set design and use of visuals supported by musical composition from the highly regarded composer Jake Heggie. Scientists will add to the evening’s conversation with a look at Melville’s famous dedication to (19th century) scientific accuracy in his writings. We will also have biologists presenting on modern day whale science and conservation practices.

California Academy of Sciences: 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

Reservations: Adults: $12, Seniors $10, Academy and Opera Members $10. Reserve a seat online or call (415) 379-8000.

Clerestory Fall Concert Set: SeaSongs

Oct 19, 2012 - Oct 28, 2012 

Friday, October 19, 7pm
Community Congregational Church, Tiburon

Saturday, October 20, 8pm
Fleet Room, Fort Mason, San Francisco

Sunday, October 28, 4pm
Craneway Pavilion, Richmond

Inspired by the Bay Area’s maritime traditions and the arrival of the America’s Cup races this fall, the 10-man vocal ensemble Clerestory presents “SeaSongs.” Traditional chanteys, serenely flowing Renaissance polyphony, and modern melodies will transport listeners over bays, islands, waves, and currents. The concert features evocative aquatic venues and Clerestory’s very first commissioned work, “These Oceans Vast,” a song cycle on poems of Hermann Melville by the esteemed Seattle composer Eric Banks. Set sail with us this October!

For tickets, more info about the SeaSongs project, and FREE recordings, please visit


Opera on the Couch: A Post-Performance Discussion of Moby-Dick

October 21, 2012, 5:00pm

Books Inc., Opera Plaza
San Francisco

Join other inquiring minds for a lively post-performance discussion following the performance of Moby-Dick. Members of San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis (SFCP) will discuss the opera's theme from a psychoanalytic perspective.

FREE and open to the public.

Complimentary light refreshments will be offered.


Moby-Dick Panel at Center for the Pacific Rim, University of San Francisco

October 24, 2012, 7:00pm

Center for the Pacific Rim, Fromm Hall, University of San Francisco Main Campus, Parker at Golden Gate

A panel discussion about Moby-Dick moderated by Patrick Lloyd Hatcher, Kiriyama Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at the University of San Francisco Center for the Pacific Rim. Dr. Hatcher will be joined by Jake Heggie, composer, and Kip Cranna, Director of Music Administration at San Francisco Opera.

Admission is free. Seating is first-come, first-served. For more information, please visit


The Forum at Grace Cathedral: Moby Dick at San Francisco Opera

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Admission: Free
Time: 9:30–10:30am

Guest: Jake Heggie
Speaker: The Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw

Grace Cathedral
Gresham Hall
1100 California Street
San Francsico

Jake Heggie is the composer of the operas Moby-Dick, Dead Man Walking, Three Decembers, The End of the Affair, and To Hell and Back, as well as the musical scene At the Statue of Venus and the theatrical song cycle For a Look or a Touch. He has also composed more than 200 art songs, as well as concerti, orchestral, choral and chamber music. Heggie's work is championed by such singers as Frederica von Stade, Susan Graham, Audra McDonald, Kiri Te Kanawa, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Patti LuPone, Zheng Cao, Joyce DiDonato, Paul Groves, and Bryn Terfel. As a pianist, he has accompanied many of these singers on recordings and in recital. Heggie lives in San Francisco.

The Forum takes place in Gresham Hall.


C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco presents Moby-Dick: From the Novel to the Stage of San Francisco Opera

Sunday, October 28, 2012, 2:00pm
Join composer Jake Heggie and San Francisco Opera Director of Music Administration, Dr. Kip Cranna for a presentation and discussion moderated by Jungian analyst Bill Riess. We will explore the psychological depths of Herman Melville's literary masterwork and the ways in which they come to life in the music and libretto of the opera, with audio-visual examples from the production.

Open to the public, $20.00 admission

To register, please click here (reception to follow, seating is limited)

2040 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA 94109