Gene Scheer

Lyricist, librettist, and composer Gene Scheer has collaborated on a number of projects with Jake Heggie, including Moby-Dick, Three Decembers, the one-act opera To Hell and Back, the song cycles of Statuesque and Rise and Fall, and a chamber work titled For a Look or a Touch. He was the librettist for two projects with Tobias Picker: An American Tragedy, which received its premiere at the Metropolitan Opera in 2005, and Thérèse Raquin, which had its premiere at the Dallas Opera in 2001 and was subsequently performed in Montreal, San Diego, and London. The live recording of Thérèse Raquin’s premiere (Chandos) was cited by Opera News as one of the ten best of 2002. Scheer’s work has been performed by such artists as Renée Fleming, Denyce Graves, Sylvia McNair, Stephanie Blythe, Jennifer Larmore, and Nathan Gunn. Scheer’s song American Anthem is sung by Norah Jones in The War, a seven-part film about World War II by Ken Burns, which was telecast on PBS in 2007. Nathan Gunn performed Scheer’s song cycle Voices from World War II with the Isis Chamber Orchestra, having also sung the work’s debut at London’s Wigmore Hall. Scheer’s recent commissions include collaborations with Heggie, Wynton Marsalis, Steven Stucky, and David Shire. Scheer is currently at work with composer Jennifer Higdon on an operatic adaptation of the National Book Award-winning novel Cold Mountain for the Santa Fe Opera.