Jake Heggie

Biography

Born: March 31, 1961; West Palm Beach , FL  
Jake Heggie is considered a relative rarity among modern composers -- someone who can write music that is not just challenging, but rewarding for performers and audiences as well. Though best known for his vocal writing, including art song, song cycles, and the highly acclaimed opera Dead Man Walking, he is also an accomplished orchestral composer and pianist.

He studied both piano and composition, the latter privately under the tutelage
Read more of Ernst Bacon. He later entered the University of California, Los Angeles, where his teachers included Roger Bourland, Paul Des Marais, David Raskin, and Paul Reale, and where he won the Henry Mancini Prize. Upon graduating, his career centered around the piano, and he and Johanna Harris were frequent joint recitalists. He also accompanied many noted singers, which helped him develop his skills as a vocal composer.

His earliest compositions were largely for piano, including the duos Inisfree (1985), Skellig Variations (1986), and the 1990 Divertimento. He also wrote various solo pieces, including the 1991 Homage a Poulenc.

In 1995, he won the Schirmer American Art Song Competition, the year that his song cycle, Encountertenor, which includes the song "The trouble with trebles in trousers (Pitch can be a bitch)," commissioned by Brian Asawa, had its premiere in London. Paper Wings, another well-known cycle, commissioned and with text by Frederica Von Stade, premiered in 1997. In 1998, the year of his song cycle, Songs to the Moon, commissioned for Von Stade, he was named Composer in Residence at the San Francisco Opera, and the resultant work, Dead Man Walking, premiered there in 2000. (Von Stade was invited to sing the lead but suggested that the role be given to a younger performer, and instead sang the role of the mother.) In 2001, the orchestral version of his song cycle The Moon is a Mirror, commissioned by Bryn Terfel, premiered in Vienna, followed by the piano version in London. Read less
Heggie: Dead Man Walking / Summers, Bruggergosman, Didonato, Von Stade
Release Date: 04/24/2012   Label: Virgin Classics  
Catalog: 2463   Number of Discs: 2
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Heggie: Moby Dick / Hunter Morris, Summers, San Francisco Opera
Release Date: 10/29/2013   Label: Euroarts  
Catalog: 2059658   Number of Discs: 2
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Heggie: Moby Dick / Hunter Morris, Summers, San Francisco Opera  [blu-ray]
Release Date: 10/29/2013   Label: Euroarts  
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  • 1.
    Joy Alone / Angel Blue
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 9020 Release Date: 11/18/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Jake Heggie,  Franz Liszt,  Pablo Luna y Carné  ... 
    Performer:  Angel Blue,  Iain Burnside
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  • 2.
    Heggie: Connection - Three Song Cycles
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559777 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jake Heggie
    Performer:  Regina Zona,  Kathleen Tagg
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  • 3.
    Heggie: Out Of Darkness / Music Of Remembrance
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559770 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jake Heggie
    Performer:  Caitlin Lynch,  Sarah Larsen,  Morgan Smith
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Music of Remembrance
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    Heggie: Moby Dick / Hunter Morris, Summers, San Francisco Opera
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2059658 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jake Heggie
    Performer:  Talise Trevigne,  Jonathan Lemalu,  Jay Hunter Morris,  Stephen Costello  ... 
    Conductor:  Patrick Summers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Opera Orchestra,  San Francisco Opera Chorus
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    Heggie: Moby Dick / Hunter Morris, Summers, San Francisco Opera  [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2059654 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jake Heggie
    Performer:  Morgan Smith,  Stephen Costello,  Jay Hunter Morris,  Jonathan Lemalu  ... 
    Conductor:  Patrick Summers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Opera Orchestra,  San Francisco Opera Chorus
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  • 6.
    Here/After - Heggie: Songs Of Lost Voices / Didonato, Gunn, Trevigne, Costello
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186515 Release Date: 10/21/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jake Heggie
    Performer:  Carol Wincenc,  Jake Heggie,  Talise Trevigne,  Nathan Gunn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alexander String Quartet
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  • 7.
    ReJoyce - The Best of Joyce DiDonato
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 341212 Release Date: 09/03/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Giovanni Porta,  Geminiano Giacomelli,  Giuseppe Maria Orlandini  ... 
    Performer:  Joyce DiDonato,  Patrizia Ciofi,  Anna Netrebko,  Nabil Suliman
    Conductor:  Christophe Rousset,  Alan Curtis,  Kazushi Ono,  Edoardo Müller  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques,  Il Complesso Barocco,  Lyon National Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 8.
    The Hours Begin To Sing / Lisa Delan
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186459 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jake Heggie,  David Garner,  John Corigliano,  Gordon Getty  ... 
    Performer:  Lisa Delan,  Kristin Pankonin,  Matt Haimovitz,  David Krakauer  ... 
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  • 9.
    The New American Art Song
    Label: Gpr Records   Catalog: 30011 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jake Heggie,  Glen Roven,  Lowell Liebermann,  Ricky I. Gordon
    Performer:  Jake Heggie,  Daniel Okulitch,  Glen Roven,  Lowell Liebermann  ... 
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    American Portraits / Andrew Garland
    Label: Gpr Records   Catalog: 20013 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jake Heggie,  Stephen Paulus,  Lori Laitman,  Tom Cipullo
    Performer:  Andrew Garland,  Donna Loewy
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  • 11.
    At The Statue Of Venus: Music Of Jake Heggie & Glen Roven
    Label: Gpr Records   Catalog: 20012 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jake Heggie,  Glen Roven
    Performer:  Talise Trevigne,  Jake Heggie,  Glen Roven
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  • 12.
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 79914 Release Date: 11/19/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Giacomo Puccini,  Jake Heggie,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu,  Joyce DiDonato,  Philippe Jaroussky,  Rachel Frenkel  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Marco Armiliato,  Patrick Summers,  Jean-Christophe Spinosi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus,  English Concert,  tenThing (Brass Ensemble)  ... 
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  • 13.
    Celebrating The American Spirit / Clurman, Essential Voices USA
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 92162 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Gilberston,  Jake Heggie,  Stephen Paulus,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Performer:  Ron Raines,  Kelli O’hara
    Conductor:  Judith Clurman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Essential Voices USA
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  • 14.
    Label: Leah Partridge   Catalog: 5637967491 Release Date: 06/22/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jake Heggie,  Lee Hoiby,  Libby Larsen,  Arthur Farwell  ... 
    Performer:  Jake Heggie,  Leah [Soprano Vocal] Partridge,  Steve Moretti,  Ricky Ian Gordon  ... 
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  • 15.
    Heggie: Dead Man Walking / Summers, Bruggergosman, Didonato, Von Stade
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 2463 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jake Heggie
    Performer:  Philip Cutlip,  Frederica Von Stade,  Joyce DiDonato,  Measha Brüggergosman
    Conductor:  Patrick Summers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Grand Opera Orchestra
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    Shelter - Songs For Soprano, Cello And Piano /   Dailey,   Kluksdahl,   Rowley
    Label: Pierian   Catalog: 47 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  John Tavener,  Robert Honstein,  Jake Heggie  ... 
    Performer:  Mela Dailey,  Scott Kluksdahl,  Rick Rowley
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  • 17.
    Arias & Songs / Deborah Domanski
    Label: Eternal Love   Catalog: 5637737421 Release Date: 02/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Gioachino Rossini,  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Giacomo Meyerbeer  ... 
    Performer:  Deborah Domanski,  Robert Tweten
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  • 18.
    Jake Heggie: Passing By
    Label: Avie   Catalog: 2198 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jake Heggie
    Performer:  Isabel Bayrakdarian,  Joyce DiDonato,  Jake Heggie,  Paul Groves  ... 
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  • 19.
    Cheryl Barker Sings Great Operatic Arias
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 3161 Release Date: 09/29/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesco Cilèa,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Arrigo Boito  ... 
    Performer:  Cheryl Barker,  Gillian Keith,  William Dazeley
    Conductor:  David Parry
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 20.
    I Remember
    Label: Brenda Fedoruk   Catalog: 5637538101 Release Date: 06/30/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  André Previn,  Michael Cohen,  Jake Heggie,  Owen Underhill
    Performer:  Sarah Fryer,  Jane Hayes,  Brenda Fedoruk,  Rita Costanzi  ... 
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  • 21.
    Heggie: Three Decembers / Summers, Von Stade, Clayton, Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Et Al
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 1073/74 Release Date: 12/09/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jake Heggie
    Performer:  Frederica Von Stade,  Keith Phares,  Kristin Clayton
    Conductor:  Patrick Summers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Grand Opera Orchestra
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  • 22.
    American Classics - Heggie, Schwarz, Laitman / Music Of Remembrance
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559379 Release Date: 04/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jake Heggie,  Lori Laitman,  Gerard Schwarz
    Performer:  Morgan Smith,  Amos Yang,  Mina Miller,  Erich Parce  ... 
    Conductor:  Mina Miller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Music of Remembrance
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  • 23.
    Jennifer Larmore In Concert
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1236 Release Date: 08/31/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kurt Weill,  Gioachino Rossini,  Ary Barroso,  Victor Herbert  ... 
    Performer:  Antoine Palloc,  Jennifer Larmore
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  • 24.
    The Faces Of Love - The Songs Of Jake Heggie
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63484 Release Date: 09/14/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jake Heggie,  Daniel Emmett
    Performer:  Jennifer Larmore,  Emil Miland,  Jake Heggie,  Sylvia McNair  ... 
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