Past Events

Mar 24, 2017 

Heggie and Scheer’s THREE DECEMBERS starring Frederica von Stade to be presented by Hawaii Opera Theater Opens March 24,2017

Venue: Honolulu, HI
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Dec 02, 2016 

It’s a Wonderful Life to premiere at Houston Grand Opera Dec. 2nd! 2016

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.

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Nov 04, 2016 

MOBY-DICK returns to Dallas Opera Nov. 4th 2016!

Back by popular demand! Moby-Dick, which “opened in a blaze of glory” in 2010, has been met with thunderous applause and critical acclaim in ports of call around the world since its maiden voyage at The Dallas Opera. Composer Jake Heggie, and librettist Gene Scheer based their work on Herman Melville’s epic tale of Captain Ahab’s obsession with the great white whale, Moby-Dick.

Venue: Dallas, TX
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Oct 05, 2016 

Joyce Di Donato to sing “Camille Claudel: Into the Fire” on Oct 5th 2016 at the Kennedy Center

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

Venue: Kennedy Center, Washington DC, DC
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May 22, 2016 

Out of Darkness World Premiere Benaroya Hall, Seattle

Out of Darkness – World premiere of a new opera by Heggie and Scheer, based on Holocaust stories commissioned by Music of Remembrance (Mina Miller, artistic director) at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, WA. With soprano Caitlin Lynch (Krystyna), soprano Ava Pine (Krysia), mezzo-soprano Catherine Cook (Zosha), baritone Michael Mayes (Manfred), and baritone Robert Orth (Gad).

Venue: Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA
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Mar 11 – Mar 20, 2016 

Three Decembers Florentine Opera

Starring Lucy Schaufer (Madeline Mitchell), Rena Harms (Bea), and Keith Phares (Charlie); conducted by Joseph Rescigno, directed by William Florescu.

Venue: Milwaukee, WI

Feb 05 – Feb 14, 2016 

Cold Mountain at Opera Philadelphia

Venue: Philadelphia, PA
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Nov 13 – Nov 15, 2015 

Three Decembers at Kentucky Opera

Starring Denyce Graves (Madeline Mitchell), Nicole Joseph (Bea) and Carlton Ford (Charlie); conducted by Kostis Protopapas, directed by William Florescu.

Venue: The Brown Theater, Louisville, KY
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Oct 31 – Nov 28, 2015 

Moby Dick at LA Opera

Venue: Los Angeles, CA
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Sep 12, 2015 

ICONIC LEGACIES Song Cycle premiere at the Kennedy Center

ICONIC LEGACIES: First Ladies at the Smithsonian, Song Cycle (2015) Music by Jake Heggie. Texts by Gene Scheer Mezzo-Soprano: Susan Graham

Venue: Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center, Washington, DC

Aug 01 – Aug 24, 2015 

Cold Mountain Premiere Santa Fe Opera

FROM THE WASHINGTON POST REVIEW (8/16/15) "The odyssey of the battle-scarred warrior making his precarious way back to a lover waiting at home is the oldest story in Western literature — the stuff of epic poems, plays, novels, movies and many operas. So it is a delight to report that the newest manifestation of this oft-told tale — the opera version of the best-selling novel “Cold Mountain,” just given its world premiere in Santa Fe — captures all of its adventure, romance and pathos in a fresh, vibrant musical idiom."

Venue: Santa Fe Opera, Santa Fe, NM

May 29 – May 31, 2015 

Three Decembers at The Atlanta Opera

Venue: Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Atlanta, GA
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May 03, 2015 

Camille Claudel: Into the Fire performed by mezzo-soprano Laura Krumm and the Alexander String Quartet

This event is part of the "Music at Kohl Mansion" series.

Venue: Kohl Mansion, Burlingame, CA
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Apr 14, 2015 

Camille Claudel: Into the Fire at the Barbican Centre in London

Featuring Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano with the Brentano String Quartet. Jake Heggie will be Joyce’s pianist for Reynaldo Hahn’s Venezia in the first half of the program.

Venue: Milton Court Concert Hall, Barbican Centre, London, GB

Apr 01 – Apr 02, 2015 

San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus performs For A Look or A Touch

San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus performs Scheer & Heggie's For A Look or A Touch, with baritone Morgan Smith and actor Kip Niven, conducted by Tim Seelig. Baritone Hadleigh Adams also performs.

Venue: Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA
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Mar 30, 2015 

The Santa Fe Opera: Cold Mountain with Jennifer Higdon

See excerpts from composer Jennifer Higdon’s first opera, based on Charles Frazier’s best-selling novel Cold Mountain. Higdon will join stage director Leonard Foglia and librettist Gene Scheer in a discussion, and cast members Isabel Leonard, Emily Fons, Jay Hunter Morris, Kevin Burdette, and Roger Honeywell will perform musical selections. This event is part of the Guggenheim Museum's "Works & Process" Series.

Venue: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
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Mar 27 – Mar 28, 2015 

The Radio Hour performed by The Philadelphia Singers

The Radio Hour receives its East Coast premiere, performed by The Philadelphia Singers on a program that also features Menotti’s The Unicorn, the Gorgon and the Manticore. Conducted by David Hayes with choreography by Sean Curran.

Venue: Temple Performing Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA
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Mar 14 – Mar 15, 2015 

The Radio Hour performed by VocalEssence in Minneapolis, MN

The Radio Hour, performed by VocalEssence in Minneapolis, MN with actress Sarah Agnew; directed by Nikki Swoboda; conducted by Philip Brunelle (artistic director).

Venue: The Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul, MN

Feb 26, 2015 

Camille Claudel: Into the Fire with Sasha Cooke and the Berkeley Symphony

Mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke joins the Berkeley Symphony for the first performance of the newly orchestrated work conducted by music director Joana Carneiro.

Venue: Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley, CA

Feb 20 – Feb 28, 2015 

Chicago Opera Theater Presents Therese Raquin

Chicago Opera Theater presents Therese Raquin, with Music by Tobias Picker & Libretto by Gene Scheer with performances on February 20, 22, 25 & 28

Venue: Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Chicago, IL
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Feb 18, 2015 

Camille Claudel: Into the Fire at Princeton University

Camille Claudel: Into the Fire at Princeton University; Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano and the Brentano String Quartet. Richardson Auditorium at Alexander Hall, 7:30pm. Music by Jake Heggie, Words by Gene Scheer

Venue: Princeton University, ,