OPERA COMPOSER JAKE HEGGIE TO VISIT FRESNO ON FEBRUARY 5
The internationally-acclaimed composer will participate in a panel discussion with the composers and poets in the Music & Verse Program and attend a luncheon
Fresno, California – December 9, 2015
Fresno Grand Opera is pleased to announce the internationally-recognized composer Jake Heggie, who wrote the critically-acclaimed operas Dead Man Walking and Moby-Dick, will visit Fresno on Friday, February 5 to participate in a panel discussion with composition students and poets participating in Fresno Grand Opera’s new Music & Verse Program. Mr. Heggie will also attend a luncheon with opera supporters and talk about his opera Dead Man Walking, which will be performed by Fresno Grand Opera in May 2016.
The panel discussion will take place on the campus of Fresno State on Friday, February 5 at 1:30 pm. It will feature a discussion with Mr. Heggie and librettist John de los Santos on the working relationship between a composer and librettist (writer) when writing new music. Mr. de los Santos is the stage director for Fresno Grand Opera’s production of Sweeney Todd and a working librettist. The panel discussion will be open to the public, and there is no cost to attend.
The Company will announce more details about Mr. Heggie’s visit in the coming weeks.
Mr. Heggie’s visit is made possible by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation.
About Jake Heggie
Jake Heggie is the composer of the operas Moby-Dick, Dead Man Walking, Three Decembers, To Hell and Back, The End of the Affair, Out of Darkness, and the choral opera The Radio Hour. Last month saw the premiere of his newest opera, Great Scott, at The Dallas Opera. He has also composed more than 250 songs, as well as chamber, choral and orchestral works. The operas – most created with writers Terrence McNally and Gene Scheer – have been produced on five continents. Moby-Dick (Scheer) was telecast throughout the United States in 2013 as part of Great Performances’ 40th Season and released on DVD (EuroArts). Dead Man Walking (McNally) has received more than 40 international productions and has been recorded twice (Atlantic Records and Virgin Classics). A Guggenheim Fellow, Heggie has served as a mentor for the Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative, and is a frequent guest artist at universities, conservatories and festivals throughout the USA and Canada. Upcoming commissions include songs for mezzo Jamie Barton and cellist Anne Martindale Williams (Pittsburgh Symphony, Carnegie Hall); an a cappella work for The King’s Singers; and a new work based on It’s A Wonderful Life for Houston Grand Opera.
About The James Irvine Foundation
The James Irvine Foundation is a private, nonprofit grantmaking foundation dedicated to expanding opportunity for the people of California to participate in a vibrant, successful and inclusive society. The Foundation’s grantmaking focuses on three program areas: Arts, California Democracy and Youth. Since 1937 the Foundation has provided over $1.3 billion in grants to more than 3,500 nonprofit organizations throughout California. With about $1.8 billion in assets, the Foundation made grants of $69 million in 2013 for the people of California.