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Join us for an intimate evening filled with music celebrating the future of Opera Columbus. Contact Lisa Wein for more information.
Jake Heggie is the American composer of the operas Moby-Dick, Dead Man Walking, Three Decembers, To Hell and Back, Out of Darkness, The Radio Hour and The End of the Affair. He has also composed more than 250 songs, as well as chamber, choral and orchestral works. Upcoming are Great Scott (McNally) for The Dallas Opera, starring Joyce DiDonato and directed by Jack O’Brien; It’s A Wonderful Life (Scheer) for the Houston Grand Opera; and The Work at Hand (poetry by Laura Morefield) for mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton and cellist Anne Martindale-Williams for the Pittsburgh Symphony and Carnegie Hall. The operas – most created with the distinguished writers Terrence McNally and Gene Scheer – have been produced extensively on five continents. Dead Man Walking (McNally) has received 40 international productions since its premiere, as well as two live recordings. Moby-Dick (Scheer) was telecast in 2013 as part of Great Performances’ 40th Season and was recently released on DVD (EuroArts). It is also the subject of the book Heggie & Scheer’s Moby-Dick: A Grand Opera for the 21st Century (UNT Press). Heggie, a Guggenheim Fellow, served as a mentor to Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative for young composers and librettists for three seasons. He lives in San Francisco. www.jakeheggie.com
Stephen Wadsworth has been a major figure in opera and theater for nearly 40 years. His work as director, writer and teacher has profoundly altered the operatic landscape and made him one of the most influential figures in the field. He has directed at La Scala, the Vienna State Opera, London’s Royal Opera, the Edinburgh Festival, on Broadway and the West End, and he has three productions in the active repertory of the Metropolitan Opera. Notable projects include Wagner’s Ring cycle at Seattle Opera (2000-2013); a series of ground-breaking translations of French 17th- and 18th-century plays, including three by Marivaux, two by Beaumarchais and Don Juan of Molière, which he has directed all over the United States and which earned him a knighthood from the French government; co-authorship with Leonard Bernstein of the opera A Quiet Place; and five famous stagings of Handel operas, including a much-traveled Xerxes in his own translation, and the famous Met production of Rodelinda. He has enjoyed regular collaboration with artists as diverse as Tyne Daly, the late Lorraine Hunt-Lieberson, and the actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith. A renowned teacher and mentor, he is the James S. Marcus Faculty Fellow at The Juilliard School, where he runs the first and only intensive acting training program for singers in the world, and he is Head of Dramatic Studies in the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, where he has taught for over thirty years. He is a 2013 Sundance-Ucross Playwrighting Fellow, a 2012 judge of the PEN Literary Awards, the 2009 winner of Juilliard’s Erskine Faculty Prize, and with Jessye Norman a 2008 Harman/Eisner Artist in Residence at the Aspen Institute.