The opera had its world premiere at the theater last week and may tour several European summer festivals, according to its composer, Gary Goldschneider.
Goldschneider, an American-born pianist and author who lives in The Netherlands, said in an interview that he has been working on the opera, titled "Call Me Ishmael," for 20 years. He noted that most of the lyrics have been taken directly from Melville's novel and the music is an amalgam of classic opera, especially Russian opera which he admires, and American musical theater.
"I want the music, like Leonard Bernstein"s 'West Side Story,' to be accessible to a wide audience," Goldschneider said, adding that he hopes to bring the work to America in the near future. In Amsterdam it is being performed by an inernational cast and the Rotterdam Chamber Orchestra.