Baritone Joshua Hopkins sings the world premiere of a dramatic new song cycle featuring poetry by Margaret Atwood and music by Jake Heggie. Inspired by the tragic murder of Hopkins’ sister in 2015, the eight songs in this 30-minute cycle trace a powerful journey of grief, connection and transformation. Released March 5, 2021 for digital [more]
Song for high soprano to poetry by Emily Dickinson. Commissioned by pianist Jerry Wong as an anniversary gift to his wife, soprano Melissa Davis. First Performance TBA
Two poems by Emily Dickinson set for high soprano. Commissioned by Nightingale Opera Theatre for soprano Melissa Davis and pianist Jerry Wong. First Performance TBA 1. The first Day’s Night had come 2. I heard a Fly buzz – when I died
The World Premiere recording of Jake Heggie & Gene Scheer’s acclaimed new song cycle INTONATIONS: Songs from the Violins of Hope features mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke and violinist Daniel Hope with a quartet of string players from the San Francisco Opera Orchestra: Kay Stern & Dawn Harms, violins; Patricia Heller, viola; Emil Miland, cello. The final [more]
The beloved, award-winning American mezzo Jamie Barton joins composer/pianist Jake Heggie and cellist Matt Haimovitz in a celebration of powerful, exceptional women through Jake’s songs to texts by Sister Helen Prejean, Laura Morefield, Gene Scheer and Gavin Dillard. UNEXPECTED SHADOWS includes the complete song cycles The Work at Hand (Morefield), Statuesque (Scheer), Iconic Legacies: First [more]
A 25-minute song cycle for baritone and piano, also for baritone and orchestra. New poetry by Margaret Atwood. Commissioned for baritone Joshua Hopkins by the Houston Grand Opera and Canada’s National Arts Centre. A 30-minute song cycle for baritone and piano, also for baritone and orchestra, featuring new poetry by Margaret Atwood. Commissioned for baritone [more]
One or more recordings have been made.
A 40-minute song cycle for mezzo-soprano, solo violin, string quartet and youth solo violin. Texts by Gene Scheer based on stories about violins played by Jews in concentration camps during the Holocaust; inspired by James Grymes’ book Violins of Hope: Violins of the Holocaust – Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind’s Darkest Hour (Harper [more]
Trois Chansons de Bilitis by Claude Debussy (1897); arranged by Jake Heggie for string quartet (2017) and for flute, harp and string quartet (2020). Debussy’s three iconic songs on the poetry of Pierre Louÿs arranged for Joyce DiDonato for recitals at Wigmore Hall (December 2017) and Carnegie Hall (April 2020). 1) La flûte de Pan [more]
One or more recordings have been made. Sheet Music, Scores, Parts and Performance Materials are available from billholabmusic.com.