Is anybody listening? American opera faces crossroads as audiences for performing arts slide

By Anne Midgette [Washington Post, 27 June 2010]
When “Moby-Dick,” a new opera by Jake Heggie, was announced as part of the Dallas Opera’s season in its brand-new Winspear Opera House, there was skepticism in the opera world. How was this long, discursive novel going to make it to the stage in any form that would get people to want to listen to it? It became a standard joke to ask which large singer would play the whale.