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, Talise Trevigne as Clara, and Andrea Caroll as Mary, the cast is rounded out with operatic stalwarts Anthony Dean Griffey as Uncle Billy and Rod Gilfrey as Mr. Potter and Mr. Gowers. Patrick Summers conducted, and Leonard Foglia directed the production.

Co-commissioned by Indiana University and San Francisco Opera. (Nov.-Dec. 2018)

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