Jake Heggie is the American composer of the acclaimed operas Dead Man Walking (libretto by Terrence McNally), Moby-Dick (libretto by Gene Scheer), It’s A Wonderful Life (Scheer), Great Scott (McNally), Three Decembers (Scheer), The End of the Affair (McDonald), Out of Darkness (Scheer), To Hell and Back (Scheer), and The Radio Hour (Scheer). He has also composed chamber, choral and orchestral works as well as nearly 300 art songs, many for today’s most loved singers, including Kiri Te Kanawa, Renée Fleming, Audra McDonald, Susan Graham, Joyce DiDonato, Jamie Barton, Sasha Cooke, Frederica von Stade, Stephen Costello and Bryn Terfel, to name a few. The operas have been produced extensively on five continents with major productions in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, San Diego, Washington DC, Dallas, Houston, Dresden, Vienna, Cape Town, Sydney, Adelaide, Montreal, Calgary, Dublin, Malmö and Copenhagen. Dead Man Walking has received 50 international productions since its premiere, as well as two live recordings. Moby-Dick was telecast nationally as part of Great Performances’ 40th Season and released on DVD (EuroArts). The Wall Street Journal recently stated that Heggie is “arguably the world’s most popular 21st century opera and art song composer.”
Heggie was awarded the Eddie Medora King prize by the UT Austin Butler School of Music and was the keynote speaker for the 2016 meeting of the National Association of Schools of Music. This year, he will give commencement addresses at the Eastman School of Music and Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music. A mentor for Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative for three seasons, Heggie is a frequent guest artist at universities and conservatories including Boston University, Bucknell, Cincinnati Conservatory, Cornell, The Royal Conservatory in Toronto, UNI, UNT, UT Austin, University of Colorado, USC Thornton School, Vanderbilt University and at festivals such as SongFest at the Colburn School. He lives in San Francisco with his husband, Curt Branom.
Heggie joins as composer in residence for the 2017 Festival for the world premiere of an orchestral suite from Moby-Dick (new arrangement by Cristian Macelaru), to be performed on Tributes Part 2, Saturday, August 12.
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