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Jake Heggie

Jake Heggie is the composer of the operas Moby-Dick, Dead Man Walking, Three Decembers, To Hell and Back, The End of the Affair, Out of Darkness, and the choral opera, The Radio Hour. He has also composed more than 250 songs, as well as chamber, choral and orchestral works. The operas – most created with writers Terrence McNally and Gene Scheer – have been produced on five continents. Moby-Dick (Scheer) was telecast throughout the United States in 2013 as part of Great Performances’ 40th Season and released on DVD (EuroArts). Dead Man Walking (McNally) has received more than 40 international productions and has been recorded twice (Atlantic Records and Virgin Classics). 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. Upcoming commissions include Great Scott (McNally) for The Dallas Opera, starring Joyce DiDonato; songs for mezzo Jamie Barton and cellist Anne Martindale Williams (Pittsburgh Symphony, Carnegie Hall); an a cappella work for The King’s Singers; and a new work based on It’s A Wonderful Life for Houston Grand Opera.


I am honored to have produced so much of Jake's music on our labels, including the world

premiere recording of At the Statue of Venus. Jake played a huge part in the early success that the label enjoyed. As a composer, I'm thrilled to have been on the same CD as this American master.

The complete Moby Dick

"What a rapturous reception this opera has already received. At its Dallas Opera premiere two years ago, critics hailed it a triumph."

The LA Times

"(Joyce DiDonato) saved the best for last: the premiere of American composer Jake Heggie's monumental

"Camille Claude: Into the Fire," a glorious if heart-wrenching new composition, with words by his longtime collaborator, Gene Scheer."

The Huffington Post

The Guardian (London)


“Dead Man Walking makes the most concentrated impact of any piece of American music theater since West Side Story” 

"The Slacks were a mistake"

At the Statue of Venue

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