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Dead Man Walking at The Met

The Metropolitan opera has announced their 2020-21 season, which will feature Jake Heggie’s and Terrence McNally’s Dead Man Walking. Since its premiere in 2000, the opera has had over 70 productions throughout the world, and we are thrilled that the Met will be producing it. With a cast that includes Joyce DiDonato as Sister Helen, […]

Grammy Nominations

Congratulations to Jake Heggie, Laura Kaminsky, Robert Paterson and Kevin Puts for their Grammy Nominations. The recording of Heggie’s Great Scott (libretto Terrence McNally) was nominated for two awards: Best Contemporary Classical Composition and Producer of the Year (Blanton Alspaugh). Paterson’s Three Way (libretto David Cote) was also nominated for Producer of the Year (Blanton […]

Danielpour and Heggie nominated for Grammy Awards

The 60th Grammy Award nominations were announced this week, and we are delighted to receive nominations for recordings by Richard Danielpour and Jake Heggie. Best Engineered Album, Classical Danielpour Songs of Solitude & War Songs Production, Classical Heggie It’s a Wonderful Life Best Contemporary Classical Composition Danielpour Songs of Solitude The awards will be telecast […]

Heggie/Scheer It’s a Wonderful Life

Bedford Falls came to the opera stage last December in Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s new opera It’s a Wonderful Life, commissioned by Houston Grand Opera. Partially based on the classic Capra film, Heggie and Scheer bring their own unique perspective to the story, enriched by Heggie’s lyrical music. Starring William Burden as George Bailey, […]

Heggie GREAT SCOTT debuts at Dallas Opera

Opera star Arden Scott returns to her hometown to save the struggling company that launched her career. The opening night performance of the long-lost opera she discovered falls on the same night as the home team’s first National Championship game (Go, Grizzlies!). The fate of the company hangs in the balance as Arden discovers that […]

Washington Post’s Lovable New Operas

The Washington Post lists contemporary operas that audiences responded to favorably (“Readers’ Guide to Lovable New Operas“), and several BHM operas were included: Dead Man Walking Moby-Dick Silent Night The Manchurian Candidate As One There are also 10 operas on this list that we’ve engraved in our production department. Congrats to Jake Heggie, Kevin Puts, […]

Jake Heggie, Composing a Life

The July issue of Opera News features an in-depth article by Matthew Sigman on Jake Heggie’s phenomenal career as we approach the premiere of his fifth opera, Great Scott at Dallas Opera in October. You can read the article here. Click here for more information on Great Scott.

Songs from an Unmade Bed celebrates its 10th Anniversary

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of this unique musical there will be a special one-night-only performance at Subculture on May 26. Featuring the original star, Michael Winther and Kimberly Grigsby on the piano, Peter Sachon on cello and Shane Shanahan on percussion. It promises to be a special night and will sell out quickly, so […]

Moby-Dick National Telecast on PBS Great Performances

Jake Heggie/Gene Scheer’s MOBY-DICK will be broadcast nationally on PBS Great Performances. This is San Francisco Opera‘s production from last year, with a cast featuring Jay Hunter Morris (Ahab), Stephen Costello (Greenhorn/Ishmael), Morgan Smith (Starbuck), Jonathan Lemalu (Queequeg), Talise Trevigne (Pip), Robert Orth (Stubb), Matthew O’Neill (Flask), and Joo Won Kang (Gardiner); conducted by Patrick Summers […]

Heggie MOBY-DICK DVD with San Francisco Opera

On this world premiere recording, Grammy-winning tenor Jay Hunter Morris plays the role of Captain Ahab in Herman Meville’s epic tale of a fierce, obsessive whaling-boat captain who descends into madness and puts his crew in mortal danger is brought to the stage in this thrilling production from San Francisco Opera. Composer Jake Heggie is […]

OPERA America Songbook features several BHM Composers

Believing that the creation of art should mark every special occasion, OPERA America commissioned the OPERA America Songbook in celebration of the opening of the National Opera Center in September 2012. Composers with strong ties to the organization were invited to write a song for voice and piano on the theme of opening a new […]

Heggie HERE/AFTER double cd

A double-CD of recent music and songs performed by tenor Stephen Costello, mezzo Joyce DiDonato, baritone Nathan Gunn, soprano Talise Trevigne, with flutist Carol Wincenc, The Alexander String Quartet, and many others. More than two hours of music, including Camille Claudel, Pieces of 9/11, Friendly Persuasions, Rise & Fall, A Question of Light, Fury of […]

Heggie and Scheer’s Moby-Dick: A Grand Opera for the Twenty-first Century

Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s grand opera Moby-Dick was a stunning success in the world premiere production by the Dallas Opera in 2010. Robert K. Wallace attended the final performance of the Dallas production and has written this book so readers can experience the process by which this contemporary masterpiece was created and performed on […]

Heggie’s MOBY-DICK premieres at San Francisco Opera

“A masterpiece of clarity and intensity, with a score that is at once thematically compact and richly inventive.” Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle “A GREAT AMERICAN OPERA” Opera Now Magazine “A TRIUMPH”The Dallas Morning News “AN UNDENIABLE SUCCESS” The New York Times “THE HIT OF THE SEASON” The Washington Post “A MASSIVE ARTISTIC ACCOMPLISHMENT” WFAA-TV […]


“Dead Man Walking makes the most concentrated impact of any piece of American music theater since West Side Story more than 40 years ago.” THE GUARDIAN (London) Since its premiere in 2000, Dead Man Walking, the first opera by composer Jake Heggie and librettist Terrence McNally, has become one of the opera world’s most performed […]