To this day, Verdi, Wagner and Mozart are titanic figures in opera. Also, the English language is conspicuously rare. Several American opera companies are looking to change that with commissions of new work.
Since 2000, Jake Heggie has been opera's golden boy. His first opera, "Dead Man Walking," premiered at the San Francisco Opera and has been performed more than 40 times worldwide. His most recent work, "Moby-Dick," premiered in Dallas with rave reviews and standing ovations.