Complete live recording of the world premiere at Houston Grand Opera, featuring William Burden (George Bailey), Talise Trevigne (Clara the Angel) and Andrea Carroll (Mary Bailey). Patrick Summers leads the Houston Grand Opera orchestra and chorus. The recording is on the PentaTone American Operas label and available in CD and/or MP3 format at Pentatone Music [more]
A double-CD of recent music and songs performed by tenor Stephen Costello, mezzo Joyce DiDonato, baritone Nathan Gunn, soprano Talise Trevigne, with flutist Carol Wincenc, The Alexander String Quartet, and many others. More than two hours of music, including Camille Claudel, Pieces of 9/11, Friendly Persuasions, Rise & Fall, A Question of Light, Fury of [more]
Available in both DVD and BlueRay on Amazon. San Francisco Opera’s highly acclaimed production features Jay Hunter Morris (Ahab), Stephen Costello (Greenhorn), Morgan Smith (Starbuck), Talise Trevigne (Pip), Jonathan Lemalu (Queequeg), Robert Orth (Stubb), Matthew O’Neill (Flask); conducted by Patrick Summers and directed by Leonard Foglia. In addition to the cast, chorus, and crew, stellar [more]
An international cast of celebrated singers and string players perform recent songs and duets by Jake Heggie. Soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian Mezzos Zheng Cao, Joyce DiDonato, Susan Graham, Frederica von Stade Tenor Paul Groves; Baritone Keith Phares Dawn Harms, violin; CarlaMaria Rodrigues, viola; Emil Miland, cello; Jake Heggie, piano Texts by Charlene Baldridge, Raymond Carver, Heggie, [more]
The first recording of Jake’s choral music is performed by the spectacular John Alexander Singers and the great American mezzo-soprano, Susan Graham. It features the premiere recordings of Heggie & Scheer’s choral opera, The Radio Hour, as well as settings of texts by Dickinson, Amy Lowell, and the hymn from the opera Dead Man Walking. [more]
Angelika Kirchschlager, the great and beloved Austrian mezzo-soprano, joins the superb Dutch pianist Maurice Lammerts van Bueren for an entire CD of Jake’s songs. Selections include first-time recordings of songs from The Breaking Waves (2011), as well as the complete Songs to the Moon, selections from Statuesque, Winter Roses, and Folk Song arrangements. Available at [more]
A CD of three of Jake’s works for Seattle’s Music Of Remembrance. (Mina Miller, artistic director). Librettist Gene Scheer. Soprano Caitlin Lynch, Mezzo-Soprano Sarah Larsen and Baritone Morgan Smith are joined by instrumentalists from the Seattle Symphony for three one-act operas. Zart Domburian-Eby (flute), Laura DeLuca (clarinet), Mikhail Shmidt (violin), Walter Gray (cello), Jonathan Green [more]
The remarkable soprano Ann Moss sings an adventurous program of music by Jake Heggie, Liam Wade, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Lennon/McCartney in her second solo CD. She is joined by violinist Isaac Allen, cellist Emil Miland, the all-male a cappella ensemble Chanticleer, and pianists Steven Bailey and Jake Heggie. The disc includes Heggie’s song [more]
Pianist Anthony De Mare commissioned 36 composers, including Jake Heggie, to re-imagine beloved Sondheim tunes for the piano. Jake’s contribution is a virtuosic, Lisztian take on “A Weekend in the Country” (from A Little Night Music) titled “I’m Excited. No, You’re Not.” The collection features arrangements by a wide range of composers that includes William [more]
The first recording of Jake’s “On the Road to Christmas” (1996) with poetry by Housman, Dickinson, von Stade, and arrangements of three traditional carols: Good King Wenceslas, Ding Dong Merrily on High, and I Wonder as I Wander. Soprano Lisa Delan, baritone Lester Lynch, and the Volti Chorus join the New Century Chamber Orchestra for [more]
A spectacular double-CD celebrating Joyce DiDonato’s first 10 years with Erato/Warner Classics and featuring tracks from some of her most popular recordings, from Baroque and bel canto to Strauss, Rodgers & Hammerstein, and even two tracks from her landmark recording of Dead Man Walking (Virgin Classics). It’s time to ReJoyce! See on on EMI Classics.
Soprano Lisa Delan, cellist Matt Haimovitz and pianist Kristin Pankonin perform Jake’s new song cycle From the Book of Nightmares (poetry by Galway Kinnell). Also featured are recent works by John Corigliano, Luna Pearl Woolf, David Garner, Gordon Getty and Wiliam Bolcom. See and hear on Amazon, pentatonemusic.com, primephonic.com and other music outlets.
Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato sings Jake’s cycle The Deepest Desire as part of a live concert with the Kansas City Symphony, conducted by Michael Stern. See and hear on iTunes (Tracks 3 through 6)
Joyce DiDonato (Sister Helen), Philip Cutlip (Joseph DeRocher) and Frederica von Stade (Joseph’s Mother) star in this live recording from the Houston Grand Opera, conducted by Patrick Summers. See and hear at Amazon.com Upcoming and Past Performances (since 2012):
THREE DECEMBERS, an opera in two acts by Jake Heggie & Gene Scheer, based on an original play by Terrence McNally. Live recording from Houston Grand Opera (2008). Frederica von Stade (Madeline), Kristin Clayton (Bea), Keith Phares (Charlie). Patrick Summers conducts members of the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra. The great Frederica von Stade sings “the [more]
The complete live recording of the world premiere production at San Francisco Opera in October 2000. Patrick Summers conducts the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus with soloists Susan Graham (Sister Helen), John Packard (Joseph de Rocher), Frederica von Stade (Joseph’s Mother), along with Theresa Hamm-Smith, Jay Hunter Morris, Gary Rideout, Catherine Cook, Robert Orth, [more]
World Premiere recorded live at Oakland’s Paramount Theater on November 18th, 2002. Emil Miland, cellist and the Oakland East Bay Symphony; Michael Morgan conducting.
Jennifer Larmore sings works of Lora Aborn, Robert Abramson, Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland, John Woods Duke, Jake Heggie, Lee Hoiby, Richard Hundley, and Charles Ives. 1. He’s Gone Away (1995) 11. To Say Before Going To Sleep (1988) 12. White in the Moon (1990) 13. The Leather-Winged Bat (1995) 14. Barb’ry Allen (1995) See and [more]
The Faces of Love – The Songs of Jake Heggie; Renee Fleming, Frederica Von Stade, Sylvia McNair, Carol Vaness, Nicolle Foland, Kristin Clayton, Zheng Cao, Brian Asawa (BMG/RCA Victor 63484) See and hear at Amazon.com THE FACES OF LOVE has Sheet Music and Scores available from G. Schirmer/Hal Leonard in three songbooks. Tracks: 1. The [more]
This compilation of some of Susan Graham’s great recordings includes several tracks from Heggie’s opera Dead Man Walking. See and hear at Amazon.com
Joyce DiDonato’s first recital CD was released in Europe in November 2005 and received France’s prestigious Diapason d’Or. The disc features music by Bernstein, Copland and Jake Heggie. The title track is Heggie’s cycle The Deepest Desire: Four Meditations on Love (texts by Sister Helen Prejean). DiDonato is joined by flutist Frances Shelly and pianist [more]
A recording to benefit Classical Action. Mezzo-sopranos Frederica von Stade, Joyce Castle, Zheng Cao and Mary Phillips perform some of Jake’s recent works, including the complete cycles Statuesque and The Deepest Desire, plus selections from Winter Roses and The Starry Night. Also featured are performances by Eugenia Zukerman, flute; Carey Bell, clarinet; David Henderson, saxophone; [more]
A recording featuring music of Jake Heggie, Gerard Schwarz and Lori Laitman. Baritone Morgan Smith (Manfred) and veteran baritone Julian Patrick (Gad) are joined by a quintet of extraordinary instrumentalists for this theatrical song cycle commissioned by Seattle’s Music of Remembrance (Mina Miller, artistic director). Librettist Gene Scheer based his text on true stories told [more]
Soprano Cheryl Barker sings opera arias in English, including a scene from Jake’s The End of the Affair, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra led by David Parry. The CD can be previewed and/or ordered from Amazon.com
The acclaimed Canadian bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch sings an impressive range of songs by American composers that includes Jake Heggie’s Of Gods and Cats and Grow Old Along With Me!, with cycles by Ricky Ian Gordon, Glen Roven, and Lowell Lieberman. See and hear at Amazon.com.
Acclaimed soprano Leah Partridge sings a beautiful range of American art song featuring works by Jake, Ricky Ian Gordon, Ernst Bacon, Lee Hoiby, Libby Larson and more. See and hear on Amazon.com
Talise Trevigne: At the Statue of Venus Featuring Music by Jake Heggie and Glen Roven (GPR) The dazzling soprano Talise Trevigne in her first solo CD. Music includes the first complete recording of Jake’s At The Statue of Venus with libretto by Terrence McNally. The recording also features Glen Roven’s “Santa Fe Songs,” and Jake’s [more]
Soprano Regina Zona and pianist Kathleen Tagg perform three of Jake Heggie’s song cycles, including the first complete recording of Eve-Song. See and hear at Amazon. Available as CD or download. Natural Selection (1997) poetry by Gini Savage 1. Creation 2. Animal Passion 3. Alas! Alack! 4. Indian Summer – Blue 5. Joy Alone (Connection) [more]
Tenor Richard Croft and the University of North Texas Grand Chorus join the UNT Symphony Orchestra in this live recording of the 2013 world premiere of the Ahab Symphony, conducted by David Itkin. Texts by Melville (from Moby-Dick) and W.H. Auden (from his poem “Herman Melville”). See, hear and download on CDBaby.com TRACKS I. [more]
Robert K. Wallace has written this book so readers can experience the process by which Moby-Dick, the opera, was created and performed on stage. Interviews with the creative team and draft revisions of the libretto and score show the opera in the process of being born. Interviews with the principal singers and the production staff [more]
Bloomsbury Press. Jake writes about his experience with grad school as part of this collection of 41 essays. Available in paperback from Bloomsbury Publishing.
Oxford University Press, Edited by Helen M Greenwald. Jake writes about Composing Opera Today in the Epilogue to this massive, 1200-page volume of essays by leading opera scholars from around the world. Available with preview as hardback or ebook at The Oxford University Press. You can also preview it here:
British tenor John Mark Ainsley and pianist Malcolm Martineau perform Friendly Persuasions on their 2016 album French Connections. The cycle was premiered by Mr Ainsley and Mr Martineau at Wigmore Hall. The cycle is dedicated to Malcom Martineau. Friendly Persuasions: Songs in Homage to Poulenc (Texts by Gene Scheer) 1. Wanda Landowska 2. Pierre Bernac [more]
The acclaimed American soprano Angel Joy Blue and pianist Iain Burnside featured three of Jake’s songs on their 2016 recording Joy Alone. Animal Passion, Joy Alone, A Route to the Sky