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Gene was interviewed by Michael Slade for a feature article in Opera News (July 2014, Vol. 79, No. 1). "What makes a successful libretto? The key is its ability to immediately and continually engage the audience; to be succinct while simultaneously creating a layered story and complex characters..."
FROM THE NY TIMES: Mr. Scheer’s libretto was an economical wonder, casting off Melville’s landlocked opening and stretches of minutiae regarding whales and whaling. What remained was a taut, two-act adventure yarn, bound by the relationships between Ahab and his conscientious first mate, Starbuck, and between the neophyte seaman Greenhorn (Melville’s Ishmael, renamed with dramatic intent) and Queequeg, the noble-savage harpooner. (Steve Smith)
FROM OPERA TODAY: “It’s glorious and it’s gripping; it’s grand — and it’s good! Heggie — assisted by his seasoned librettist Gene Scheer — has achieved something with Moby-Dick
that American opera has not experienced in a long time: they have created a work of quality that should garner itself an immediate place in the repertory of opera houses around the world.“
Wes Blomster, Opera Today
FROM THE NY TIMES: The life of the French sculptor Camille Claudel is a tangle of art, passion, madness and betrayal. A student and lover of Rodin’s, Claudel was a critically acclaimed artist when she began to show signs of mental distress, which led her family to commit her to an institution, where she spent the remaining 30 years of her life. On Thursday at Zankel Hall, the incandescent mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato presented the New York premiere of Jake Heggie’s “Camille Claudel: Into the Fire.” Set for voice and string quartet, the work compresses a tragic life of operatic dimensions into a song cycle of great beauty and emotional resonance. Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, The New York Times
No man is a failure who has friends.
HGO’s holiday opera series continues with the world premiere of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s It’s a Wonderful Life. Made famous by the 1946 Frank Capra movie, this timeless tale follows a troubled banker whose guardian angel helps us realize the lasting impact our lives can have on those around us.//
Join us for the ultimate holiday classic from one of America’s leading composers (Moby Dick, Dead Man Walking)
// Conducted by Patrick Summers Directed by Leonard Foglia Set Design by Robert Brill Projection Design by Elaine McCarthy
Lighting by Brian Nason Featuring Bill Burden, Talise Trevigne Andrea Carroll and Robert Orth
Winner of the International Opera Award for Best World Premiere of 2016: Cold Mountain, an operatic adaption of Charles Frazier’s novel of the same name, by American composer and Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Higdon with a libretto by Gene Scheer// In the picture Brad Woolbright from the Santa Fe Opera accepts the award in London on behalf of Jennifer and Gene and the entire team.