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“American Anthem” quoted in President Biden’s inaugural address

“In his inaugural address, President Biden quoted Gene Scheer’s song, a patriotic hymn championed by the opera star Denyce Graves and recorded by Norah Jones for a Ken Burns soundtrack.” 

— Abby Ellin

Read the full feature article in The New York Times about the history of this beloved song.

Three Decembers Opera San Jose Production Now Available to Stream

World-renowned mezzo-soprano Susan Graham leads the cast of Opera San José’s first fully-staged digital production, Jake Heggie’s THREE DECEMBERS, based on Tony Award winning playwright Terrence McNally’s unpublished play “Some Christmas Letters”.

Pulling at heartstrings: ‘Violins of Hope’ live at Kohl Mansion

“The world premiere of Intonations: Songs from the Violins of Hope, by composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer, forms the powerful center of the new Pentatone release . . . emotionally devastating and cathartic.” 

Announcing the CD release of Violins of Hope.

Denyce Graves, one of Justice Ginsburg’s favorite opera singers, performs for her one last time.

Justice Ginsburg was a passionate opera fan from her youth, and one of her favorite singers, the American mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves, sang for her one last time on Friday at the Capitol ceremony. Ms. Graves, her voice reverberating off the marble of Statuary Hall, performed the spiritual “Deep River” and Gene Scheer’s “American Anthem.”” 

— Zachary Woolfe

Jamie Barton and Jake Heggie Blaze Forth in Unexpected Shadows

“Parsing which is more sensational, the artistry or the music, is beyond the point. Unexpected Shadows (Pentatone), the all-Heggie recital from mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, composer/pianist Jake Heggie, and cellist Matt Haimovitz, is destined to win multiple “Best Vocal Recital of the Year” awards as it makes the best possible case for the necessity and relevance of modern American classical song.” 

— Jason Victor Serinus

Violins of Hope West Coast Debut Hailed a Success!

“Violins of Hope West Coast Debut Hailed a Success!” 

World Premiere of Intonations: Songs from the Violins of Hope, a Music at Kohl Mansion commissioned work by composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer, given five different debut performances in Burlingame, San Jose and San Francisco; live performance recorded for future release on Pentatone.

Joyce DiDonato’s 2020 Grammy-Award-winning CD featuring Gene Scheer’s “Lean Away”

Joyce DiDonato’s dazzling album Songplay, released by Erato, has earned the 2020 Grammy Award for “Best Classical Solo Vocal Album.” This marks Ms. DiDonato’s third Grammy win. Featured on the album is Gene Scheer's "Lean Away."