Jake Heggie

Jake Heggie’s operas have been produced extensively throughout the U.S. as well as in Australia, Canada, Europe, and Ireland. He is the composer of the operas Moby-Dick (libretto: Gene Scheer) Dead Man Walking (libretto: Terrence McNally), Three Decembers (libretto: Scheer) The End of the Affair (libretto: Heather McDonald), To Hell and Back (libretto: Scheer), as well as the musical scene At the Statue of Venus (libretto: McNally) and the theatrical song cycle For a Look or a Touch (libretto: Scheer). He has also composed more than 200 art songs, as well as concerti, orchestral, choral and chamber music. Since its San Francisco Opera premiere in 2000, Dead Man Walking has received more than 120 performances internationally. Heggie's work is championed by such singers as Frederica von Stade, Susan Graham, Audra McDonald, Kiri Te Kanawa, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Patti LuPone, Zheng Cao, Joyce DiDonato, Paul Groves, and Bryn Terfel. As a pianist, he has accompanied many of these singers on recordings and in recital. Heggie was the 2010–11 guest artist-in-residence at the University of North Texas at Denton, where he composed his first symphony, based on several Ahab monologues from the novel Moby-Dick. The “Ahab” Symphony receives its premiere in 2012 with tenor Richard Croft as soloist. Other current projects include song commissions from Carnegie Hall (for Joyce DiDonato), San Francisco Performances (for DiDonato and the Alexander String Quartet), the Dallas Opera (for baritone Nathan Gunn), and Houston Grand Opera (to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks); as well as a one-act opera for chorus for the John Alexander Singers and the Pacific Chorale, and a new version of For a Look or a Touch that features the 200-voice Seattle Men’s Chorus. Heggie’s discography includes Flesh & Stone (Americus/Classical Action), For a Look or a Touch (Naxos), To Hell and Back (Magnatune),The Deepest Desire (Eloquentia), Dead Man Walking (Erato), The Faces of Love (RCA), My Native Land (Teldec), and Holy the Firm: Essay for Cello and Orchestra (Oakland East Bay Symphony with cellist Emil Miland). Heggie lives in San Francisco.