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Composer: Heggie, Jake (b. 1961)

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Year of birth1961
NationalityUnited States
Period20th century
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Heggie creates a new holiday tradition for the opera world

Golda Schultz (Clara) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
A wonderfully realized production at San Francisco Opera of Jake Heggie's operatic version of a holiday classic. 
*****
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Crime, punishment, forgiveness, redemption: Dead Man Walking finally reaches London

Michael Mayes (Joseph de Rocher) © Mark Allan | Barbican
Jake Heggie's spectacular vocal writing combine with Terence McNally's perfectly paced libretto to provide intense music drama which forces you to confront darkness.
*****
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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
****1
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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. 
****1
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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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