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Saturday, February 20, 2021 | 2 p.m. Pacific

At Home With
Jake Heggie
Composing for Our Times

Spend an hour with one of the premier opera and vocal composers of our era. Learn how he’s adapted to the pandemic and what the future holds for him and for the art form in the future. Moderated by long-time friend and self-proclaimed music wannabe David Landis.


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About the Mentor

Jake Heggie is the composer of the operas Dead Man WalkingMoby-DickIt’s A Wonderful LifeIf I Were YouGreat ScottThree Decembers and Two Remain, among others. He has also composed nearly 300 songs, as well as chamber, choral and orchestral works. The operas – most created with Gene Scheer or the late Terrence McNally – have been produced on five continents. Dead Man Walking (McNally) has been recorded twice and in 2019 received its 70th international production, making it the most-performed American opera of our time. New York’s Metropolitan Opera recently announced that it will produce Dead Man Walking in a bold new production by director Ivo van Hove, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Moby-Dick (Scheer) was telecast throughout the United States as part of Great Performances’ 40th Season and released on DVD (EuroArts). Great Scott was a 2019 Grammy Award nominee for Best New Composition, Classical. The composer was awarded the Eddie Medora King prize from the UT Austin Butler School of Music and the Champion Award from the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. A Guggenheim Fellow, Heggie has served as a mentor for the Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative and is a frequent guest artist at universities, conservatories and festivals throughout the USA and Canada. INTONATIONS: Songs from the Violins of Hope (Scheer) recently received a premiere and live recording. Upcoming are Songs for Murdered Sisters, a song cycle to new poems by Margaret Atwood, and Intelligence (Scheer), a new opera for the Houston Grand Opera.

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Workshop Materials

Learn more about Jake and hear his music in these videos

The Making of “Three Decembers”

The Work At Hand (The Slow Seconds)

A Hundred Thousand Stars from Two Remain (Out of Darkness)

‘Great Scott’ Gets West Coast Premiere At San Diego Opera

Much more at

Some of Jake's latest projects

    Songs for Murdered Sisters

    Margaret Atwood and Jake Heggie have created a powerful song cycle that addresses violence against women

    Violins of Hope

    Music at Kohl Mansion commissioned a new work for this project, which also commemorates the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.