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Composer: Heggie, Jake (b. 1961)

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Year of birth1961
NationalityUnited States
Period20th century
February 2018
Evening performance
Matinee performance
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LondonJoyce DiDonato in Dead Man WalkingUK première

Heggie: Dead Man Walking
Mark Wigglesworth; Leonard Foglia; Measha Brueggergosman; Maria Zifchak; Joyce DiDonato; Michael Mayes

San FranciscoIt's a Wonderful Life

Heggie: It's a Wonderful Life
Patrick Summers; Leonard Foglia; San Francisco Opera; Robert Brill; David C. Woolard; William Burden; Golda Schultz

PhiladelphiaCopland Appalachian Spring

Heggie, Barber, Copland
Philadelphia Orchestra; Cristian Măcelaru; Garrick Ohlsson
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Spanish première for Heggie's Dead Man Walking

Joyce DiDonato (Sister Helen) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Jake Heggie's story of redemption captivated the Teatro Real audience thanks to a solid cast and an effective production
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Arrestingly effective: Dead Man Walking at Minnesota Opera

Dennis Petersen (Father Grenville) and Catherine Martin (Sister Helen) © Cory Weaver
Dead Man Walking is currently the most frequently performed contemporary American opera. Joel Ivany's staging, first mounted in Vancouver, opened recently at Minnesota Opera just days after the opera's Spanish première in Madrid. 
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An unforgettable emotional experience

Kate Lindsey (Sister Helen Prejean) and Michael Mayes (Joseph De Rocher) © Scott Suchman for WNO
American composer Jake Heggie's early opera performed by Washington National Opera was one of those rare experiences of an opera full of raw power and wrenching emotion with superb performers that one is not likely to forget soon.
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Heggie's Great Scott wins big in San Diego

Nathan Gunn (Sid Taylor) and Kate Aldrich (Arden Scott) © Karen Almond
Returning stars and high-profile company debuts contributed panache to the energy-charged atmosphere.
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The heart of the sea: Moby-Dick

Jay Hunter Morris (Captain Ahab) © Craig T Mathew | LA Opera
American composer Jake Heggie makes his Los Angeles Opera debut in this powerful performance of his 2010 opera, Moby-Dick.
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