Calendar Archive – 2006

November 20 – January
Scandinavian premiere of Dead Man Walking at the Malmö Opera in Sweden. Fourteen performances in a new
Nov 16,
Master Class at UCLA Dept of Music, Los Angeles, CA.
Nov. 14,
Master Classes at Occidental College, Pomona, CA.
November 2-5,
Legendary singer Patti LuPone and soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian sing the world premiere of To Hell and Back a one-act opera with libretto by Gene Scheer. A modern tale of spousal abuse and heroic women, based on “The Rape of Persephone,” commissioned by the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra to celebrate its 25th anniversary season. Nicolas McGegan conducts. Nov 2 in Palo Alto; Nov 3 at Herbst Theater in San Francisco; Nov 4 & 5 at First Congregational Church in Berkeley.
October 22,
World premiere of Seeking Higher Ground: Bruce Springsteen Rocks New Orleans, April 30, 2006 for double chorus and orchestra. New text by Sister Helen Prejean. Commissioned by the Pacific Chorale and music director John Alexander for their first performance at the new Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, CA. The Pacific Symphony plays.
October 6,
Jake accompanies mezzo Susan Graham and soprano Kristin
Clayton for a gala program to celebrate the reopening of the historicAsolo Theatre in Sarasota, FL. The program includes a performance of At The Statue of Venus.
October 1,
Recital with mezzo Joyce Castle at Roosevelt University, Chicago. Program includes music by Poulenc, Weill, and Jake's “Statuesque” (poetry by Gene Scheer).
September 21-24,
Guest artist at Bucknell University.
August 15-20,
Jake will be a guest artist at the Grandin Festival in Cincinnati. A concert of his songs will take place Aug 20 at 7 pm at the Werner Recital Hall at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.
June 22-30,
SongFest faculty artist for masterclasses
and concerts on the Pepperdine University campus in Malibu, CA. Faculty features composers Ricky Ian Gordon and John Harbison; pianists Martin Katz and Rudolf Jansen; singers Margaret Lattimore and Judith Kellock. Recital by Margaret Lattimore on June 23, accompanied by Jake Heggie and Rosemary Hyler Ritter.
May 24,
Opera Santa Barbara evening conversation about new opera.
May 7, 9, 12, 14, 20, 24 & July 2,
Dead Man Walking at Dresden Semperoper. EUROPEAN PREMIERE. New production by director Nikolaus Lehnhoff with sets by Raimund Bauer and constumes by Stefan von Wedel. Conducted by Stefan-Anton Reck. Cast includes Kristine Jepson (Sister Helen), Mel Ulrich (Joseph De Rocher),Hanna Schwarz (Mrs. De Rocher), Kristin Lewis (Sister Rose)
April 19,
At the Statue of Venus at the gala concert forChicago Opera Theater. Leah Partridge, soprano; Jake Heggie, piano.
March 17,
Concert at the Library of Congress. Repeat of March 14 program.
March 15, 16, 17, 19,
Camerata Pacifica and mezzo-soprano Angela Niederloh perform Winter Roses, a song cycle for mezzo with string quintet, wind quintet and piano (texts by Charlene Baldridge, Raymond Carver, Frederica von Stade, and Emily Dickinson). March 15 at Zipper Hall (Los Angeles); March 16 at The Huntington Library (Pasadena); March 17 at Victoria Hall
(Santa Barbara); March 19 at Church of Religious Science (Ventura).
March 14,
Concert at Weill Hall, New York with Margaret Lattimore, Mary Phillips, Stephanie Novacek; Ricky Ian Gordon and Jake Heggie, pianists. Music by Gordon and Heggie.
March 11, 15, 17, 19,
Dead Man Walking at Baltimore Opera. Patrick Summers conducts. Christopher Thomas directs. The cast includes Theodora Hanslowe (Sister Helen), John Packard (Joseph De Rocher), Diana Soviero (Mrs. De Rocher), Kishna Davis (Sister Rose).
Feb. 15-19,
Composer-in-residence at DePauw University, Indiana.
Feb. 11,
Guest speaker & teacher in Los Angeles forNATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing)
Jan. 31,
Scenes from Dead Man Walking at Trinity Church in
New York City. (
Singers include Joyce DiDonato (Sister Helen), Adina Aaron (Sister Rose), Frederica von Stade (Mrs. De Rocher), Richard Lippold (Joseph De Rocher), and others. Conducted by Owen Burdick and featuring the chorus of Trinity Church. Sister Helen Prejean and Jake Heggie offer commentary between scenes. Tickets: or call 212-279-4200.
January 28,
February 1, 3, 5,
Dead Man Walking at Calgary Opera. Canadian Premiere. New Production. Cast includes Kimberly Barber (Sister Helen), Daniel Okulitch (Joseph), Judith Forst (Mrs. De Rocher). Conducted by David Agler.
Jan. 14,
Recital with mezzo Frederica von Stade for San Francisco Performances at Herbst Theatre, San Francisco.