Jake Heggie (born March 31, 1961 in West Palm Beach, Florida) is an American composer and pianist.
Jake Heggie is the composer of the operas Dead Man Walking (2000), The End of the Affair (2004), At The Statue of Venus (2005), To Hell and Back (2006), and Moby-Dick (2010), as well as the stage work For a Look or a Touch. He has composed more than 200 art songs as well as chamber and concert works. His operas and songs are championed internationally by singers who include Isabel Bayrakdarian, Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Frederica von Stade, Audra McDonald, Patti LuPone, Joyce DiDonato, Jennifer Larmore, Bryn Terfel and many others. He also accompanies many of these artists in recitals.
Heggie started learning the piano when he was five years old. After spending two years in Paris, he continued his studies at the age of 20 at the University of California, Los Angeles, with the pianist Johana Harris (1912–1995), widow of the composer Roy Harris. They married in 1982 (he was 21, she 69) and separated in 1993.
In 1998 he was appointed composer in residence to the San Francisco Opera, where his first opera, Dead Man Walking, was first performed in 2000. With a libretto by Terrence McNally and a production by director Joe Mantello, the opera was extensively acclaimed and it ran for two extra performances due to popularity. It has since been seen in 15 international productions, including performances at New York City Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Opera Pacific, Baltimore Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Union Avenue Opera of Saint Louis, Calgary Opera, Dresden State Opera, State Opera of South Australia, with future performances in Vienna, Sydney and Montreal. In 2007 alone, Dead Man Walking received more than 50 performances. Directors of subsequent productions have included Leonard Foglia and Nikolaus Lehnhoff. His second opera, The End of the Affair, was premiered in 2004 at the Houston Grand Opera. It has since been produced by Madison Opera, Seattle Opera and the Lyric Opera of Kansas City.
In 2005, Heggie collaborated again with Terrence McNally to create At the Statue of Venus, which opened the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver. In 2006, he debuted To Hell and Back (libretto by Gene Scheer), commissioned by the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and featuring soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian and Patti LuPone, conducted by Nicholas McGegan in November 2006.
On 29 February 2008, his opera Last Acts, with a libretto by Gene Scheer based on a play by Terrence McNally, opened at the Houston Grand Opera, which commissioned the work in association with the San Francisco Opera and Cal Performances. Last Acts was its working title; it will in future be known as Three Decembers.
On April 30, 2010, Heggie premiered his most recent opera, Moby-Dick (libretto by Gene Scheer) at The Dallas Opera, with tenors Ben Heppner as Captain Ahab and Stephen Costello as Greenhorn (Ishmael).
Heggie married his partner of eight years, singer Curt Branom, in October 2008.
Heggie's major works include a cello concerto (Holy The Firm), commissioned by the Oakland East Bay Symphony for cellist Emil Miland; and the song cycles The Deepest Desire (poetry by Sister Helen Prejean); The Starry Night (poetry by Anne Sexton, van Gogh and Emily Dickinson); Statuesque (poetry by Gene Scheer); Rise and Fall (poetry by Gene Scheer); Here and Gone (poetry by Vachel Lindsay and A. E. Housman); and Winter Roses (poetry by Raymond Carver, Charlene Baldridge, Frederica von Stade and Emily Dickinson).
Heggie's list of current commissions includes works for the Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, San Francisco Opera, Music of Remembrance, Ravinia Festival, Wigmore Hall, and the University of North Texas.
- ^ "For an Operatic Life, Check Out the Composer’s" by Ralph Blumenthal, The New York Times (March 13, 2008)
- ^ Blank, Matt (6 March 2008). "Photo Journal: Jake Heggie's Last Acts Premieres at Houston Grand Opera". Playbill. Retrieved 31 March 2008.
- ^ Midgette (May 3, 2010)
- ^ Zinko, Carolyne (7 December 2008). "Profile: Opera composer Jake Heggie". SFGate.com.
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Moby Dick - Overture
Overture to the opera, "Moby Dick" by Jake Heggie. Performed by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Timothy Sexton.
San Francisco Opera - Jake Heggie: Moby-Dick
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Even - Jake Heggie - Alexandra Haines
"Even" from Eve-Song by Jake Heggie Alexandra Haines - Soprano Weiyan Li, Piano.
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Colorado Springs Gazette
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 09:41:15 -0700
But San Francisco composer Jake Heggie and librettist Terrence McNally were commissioned by the San Francisco Opera in the late '90s to do just that: compose an opera based on "Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the ...
Fri, 14 Feb 2014 10:41:08 -0800
Jake Heggie has been seen as the epitome of contemporary American opera composers. That's not necessarily a good thing. Heggie's “Dead Man Walking,” written with Terrence McNally, had its premiere in 2000. It was a smashing success. It was toward the ...
Sun, 23 Feb 2014 16:28:07 -0800
“Moby-Dick,” as adapted by Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer, cleaves to operatic tradition in many senses, including this one: It's much lighter and sweeter than its craggy antecedent. When the production, based on the Herman Melville novel, came out of the ...
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 04:26:15 -0700
Fresh off of his successful Houston Grand Opera debut in Rigoletto, the tenor is currently in the midst of a run in Washington D.C. as Ishmael/Greenhorn, the role he originally created, in the East Coast premiere of Jake Heggie's Moby-Dick (Feb 22 ...
Sat, 08 Mar 2014 23:07:30 -0800
Opera got a lot more interesting when Jake Heggie 's "Dead Man Walking" came along in 2000. Suddenly, a 400-year-old genre, best known for silly love affairs and sweeping comedic coincidences, put itself at the center of a serious dialogue on topical ...
Ouachita Baptist University News
Ouachita Baptist University News
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 07:26:15 -0700
... credea mirarti” from Vincenzo Bellini's La Sonnambula, “Verschwiegene Liebe” and “Elfenlied” by Hugo Wolf, “Cacile” by Richard Strauss, “The Year's at the Spring” and “Ah! Love But a Day” by H.H.A. Beach and “I Shall Not Live in Vain” by Jake Heggie.
Wed, 19 Feb 2014 07:59:10 -0800
Costello's Washington company debut in Moby-Dick will be his third outing as Greenhorn, a character whose lyrical arias lend poignancy to this riveting epic, adapted from the Melville novel by composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer. Costello ...
Tue, 04 Mar 2014 08:13:44 -0800
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