We went to the Civic Theatre on Wednesday as San Diego Opera’s “Moby-Dick” cast rehearsed in costumes with the orchestra for the first time.

Check out Sam Hodgson’s gorgeous photographs of this new opera, and watch our clip below from yesterday’s NBC 7 San Diego newscast:

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Do you recognize Keturah Stickann, the second woman we interviewed in the clip above? She’s the assistant director we talked to in December when she was here watching a few dozen men audition for the chance to be those tumblers and fighters on the Pequod crew.

Stickann has a long-running connection to San Diego Opera — this is her 14th show here, she said. She also works often in Dallas, so when she heard about this new opera that was being composed several years ago, she started angling for a spot on the team. She’s traveled with the show to Dallas and Calgary and Sydney, and this week she was in San Diego with the show she’s come to love.

“It’s like coming home with something you’re really, really proud of,” she said. “It’s weird to be in this house with this show that I’ve traveled all over the world with.”

Stickann said that it’s rare for new operas to have such a global footprint from the start.

“It’s new! We don’t do this. We don’t do this in opera. I mean, world premieres happen but not like this,” she said. “Not with a guaranteed five cities. This is unheard-of in contemporary opera.”

I’m Kelly Bennett, the arts editor for VOSD. You can reach me directly at kelly.bennett@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.325.0531.

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Kelly Bennett is a former staff writer for Voice of San Diego.

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