Mmm-hmm. In what is unfortunately the least surprising announcement since "Levine Cancels," Ben Heppner has withdrawn from all San Francisco Opera performances of Jake Heggie's Moby-Dick. Jay Hunter Morris, originally scheduled for the last two performances, picks up the entire run of eight. (And the SF Opera web site has already replaced photos of Heppner with photos of Morris as Ahab.)
I haven't heard Heppner live since Fidelio in September, 2001, and I was hoping he'd be in good voice for this run. Sigh.