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Jake Heggie, Composer & Pianist

Composer JAKE HEGGIE is best known for the operas Dead Man Walking, Moby-Dick, It’s A Wonderful Life, Three Decembers, Two Remain and If I Were You. He is currently at work on his 10th full-length opera, INTELLIGENCE, with Jawole Zollar and Gene Scheer, as well as new works for violinists Daniel Hope and Joshua Bell, the Miró Quartet, the Classical Tahoe Festival, and Music of Remembrance. The operas and his nearly 300 art songs have been performed extensively on five continents, championed by some of the world’s most beloved artists. With a libretto by the late Terrence McNally, Dead Man Walking has become “the most celebrated American opera of the 21st century” (Chicago Tribune) with 75 international productions since its San Francisco Opera premiere in 2000. The Metropolitan Opera has announced a new production of Dead Man Walking for a future season, directed by Ivo van Hove and conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. The Met has also announced that it will produce Moby-Dick. Recent premieres have included the song cycle What I Miss the Most… composed for mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton to new texts by Joyce DiDonato, Patti LuPone, Sister Helen Prejean, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Kathleen Kelly. Jamie Barton is also featured on Unexpected Shadows, a recording of Heggie’s songs released by Pentatone (2022 Grammy nominee). Songs for Murdered Sisters, a cycle to new poetry by Margaret Atwood for baritone Joshua Hopkins, was commissioned by Houston Grand Opera and premiered in a film by director James Niebuhr (2022 Canadian Juno Award nominee). Intonations: Songs from the Violins of Hope (texts by Gene Scheer), was composed for mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke and violinist Daniel Hope to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz (Pentatone). Jake Heggie lives in San Francisco with his husband, Curt Branom.
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