Jake Heggie

Jake Heggie (1961-) - Composer & Pianist.
Jake Heggie is the composer of the operas Dead Man Walking (libretto by Terrence McNally, based on the book by Sister Helen Prejean) and The End of the Affair (libretto by Heather McDonald, based on the book by Graham Greene). The recipient of a 2005 Guggenheim Fellowship and a 2004 Meet-the-Composer Grant, he has composed nearly 200 songs as well as concerti, orchestral works and chamber music. His songs and operas are championed internationally by singers who include Renée Fleming, Audra McDonald, Patricia Racette, Susan Graham, Frederica von Stade, Kristine Jepson, Jennifer Larmore, Joyce Castle, Joyce DiDonato, Zheng Cao, Bryn Terfel, and Teddy Tahu Rhodes. He collaborates regularly with conductors Patrick Summers and John DeMain, and director Leonard Foglia. The premiere production of Dead Man Walking was directed by Joe Mantello.

Heggie has been resident composer for the San Francisco Opera, EOS Orchestra, Vail Valley Music Festival, and the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, and has given lectures and master classes for singers and composers at universities and conservatories that include the Cincinnati Conservatory, NYU, Bucknell University, and UCLA, to name a few. His operas have been performed at the San Francisco Opera, New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, State Opera of South Australia, Cincinnati Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Opera Pacific, Pittsburgh Opera, Madison Opera and Michigan Opera Theatre. Future productions are scheduled for the Seattle Opera, Baltimore Opera, Dresden Semperoper, Calgary Opera, Sydney Festival and Vienna’s Klangbogen Festival. An award-winning PBS documentary titled And Then One Night: The Making of Dead Man Walking, has been telecast internationally, and both operas have received live broadcasts on National Public Radio.

Current projects and commissions include a musical theater work with playwright Terrence McNally, lyricist Stephen Schwartz and director Leonard Foglia; a musical scene (also with McNally) to celebrate the opening of Opera Colorado’s Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver; a cantata for the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra to celebrate its 25th season; songs for Joyce Castle at the University of Kansas (texts by Gene Scheer); a work for chorus and orchestra for the Pacific Chorale; songs for Constance Rock at the University of Connecticut (texts by Gene Scheer); songs for Seattle’s “Music of Remembrance” series; and songs for Los Angeles’s “Pacific Serenades” series.

As a pianist, Heggie regularly accompanies Frederica von Stade in recital, and has also performed with sopranos Anna Netrebko, Dawn Upshaw; Kristin Clayton and Nicolle Foland; mezzos Lorraine Hunt-Lieberson, Jennifer Larmore, and Zheng Cao; tenor Paul Groves; countertenor Brian Asawa; baritonesThomas Hampson and Bo Skovhus; flutist Eugenia Zukerman, and cellist Emil Miland. Recordings include Dead Man Walking (Erato), The Faces of Love (RCA), My Native Land (Teldec), Holy the Firm: Essay for Cello and Orchestra (Oakland East Bay Symphony), and The Deepest Desire (Eloquentia). In 1999, 50 of Heggie’s songs were published by Associated Music Publishers in three books titled “The Faces of Love: The Songs of Jake Heggie” (distributed by Hal Leonard, Inc.). The bulk of his compositions are published by Heggie’s own company, Bent Pen Music, Inc.

Among the composer’s numerous commissions are works for the San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera (co-commissioned by Madison Opera and Opera Pacific), Opera Colorado, Ravinia Festival, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Oakland East Bay Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Louisville Orchestra, New Century Chamber Orchestra, Chanticleer, Harmida Trio, Camerata Pacifica, San Francisco Girls Chorus, Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, University of Kansas at Lawrence, University of Connecticut at Storrs, Music of Remembrance, Pacific Chorale, Pacific Serenades, Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, Music Accord, and individual commissions from singers Frederica von Stade, Jennifer Larmore, Brian Asawa, Bryn Terfel, and Robert Orth.

Jake Heggie was born in Florida (1961), raised in Ohio and California. His first composition teacher was the late Ernst Bacon. He attended UCLA where he studied piano with the late Johana Harris and composition with Roger Bourland, Paul DesMarais, Paul Reale, and the late David Raksin. He has made his home in San Francisco since 1993.

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Jennifer Larmore in Recital (DVD-NTSC)

Jennifer Larmore in Recital (DVD-NTSC)

4205The first program in VAI’s In Performance series features the star mezzo-soprano in arias & song..


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