Jake Heggie

A pianist and composer of several operas, “dramatic scenes,” and song cycles, Jake Heggie has achieved great success and fame with his vocal works.

Photo: Jake Heggie, photo by Lisa Kohler

The audio for the Jake Heggie song provided in the media player to the right is made possible through a collaboration between the Hampsong Foundation and SongFest. The performers of "Angels' Wings" are Sophie Wingland, soprano, and Victoria Kirsch, piano, and that particular performance took place at Pepperdine University at SongFest 2010.

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About

Born in Florida, Heggie played piano from a young age and studied at the University of California after a few years of study in Paris. In 1998, his opera Dead Man Walking, premiered by San Francisco Opera, was received with great acclaim and has been revived around the world (including Ireland, Sweden, and Australia). His other operas include The End of an Affair, To Hell and Back, Three Decembers and Moby Dick, which premiered at Dallas Opera in April 2010. His dramatic scenes include At the Statue of Venus and For a Look or a Touch.

Heggie is also an accomplished composer of song repertoire and has written several song cycles for well-known singers, including Susan Graham, Bryn Terfel and Frederica von Stade. He continues to perform in recital with vocalists as well as give master classes and host discussions about his music. Heggie has lived in San Francisco since 1993.

–Christie Finn

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Videos

Recordings

Heggie: For a Look or a Touch / Laitman: The Seed of a Dream

(Jake Heggie and Lori Laitman)

2008

The Deepest Desire

(Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland and Jake Heggie)

2006

Dwell in Possibility: Dickinson in Song

(Ernst Bacon, Aaron Copland, Celius Dougherty, John Woods Duke, Lee Hoiby, Richard Hundley, Jake Heggie, Lori Laitman, Libby Larsen, Etta Parker, Simon Sargon, Leo Smit and Richard Pearson Thomas)

2004

The Faces of Love

(Jake Heggie)

1999

American Songs (Jennifer Larmore)

(Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland, John Woods Duke, Jake Heggie, Lee Hoiby, Charles Ives, Charles Naginski and John Jacob Niles)

1997

Songs

A Great Hope Fell

Jake Heggie

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: A Great Hope Fell: Songs From Civil War

A Question of Light

Song Collection

Jake Heggie

Gene Scheer

Africa

Jake Heggie

Maya Angelou

Song Collection: A Great Hope Fell: Songs From Civil War

America

Jake Heggie

Maya Angelou

Song Collection: A Great Hope Fell: Songs From Civil War

Ample Make This Bed

Jake Heggie

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: How Well I Knew the Light

Angels' Wings

Jake Heggie

Gene Scheer

Song Collection: Rise and Fall

Barb'ry Allen

Jake Heggie

Traditional

Song Collection: Three Folk Songs

Before the Storm

Song Collection

Jake Heggie

Emily Dickinson

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Dorothy Parker

Euclid

Jake Heggie

Vachel Lindsay

Song Collection: Songs to the Moon

From Emily's Garden

Song Collection

Jake Heggie

Emily Dickinson

Glory

Jake Heggie

Julia Ward Howe

Song Collection: A Great Hope Fell: Songs From Civil War

He's Gone Away

Jake Heggie

Traditional

Song Collection: Three Folk Songs

Here, Where the Daisies Fit My Head

Jake Heggie

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: From Emily's Garden

How Well I Knew the Light

Song Collection

Jake Heggie

Emily Dickinson

I Catch on Fire

Jake Heggie

Sister Helen Prejean

Song Collection: The Deepest Desire

If You Were Coming in the Fall

Jake Heggie

Emily Dickinson

In Lands I Never Saw

Jake Heggie

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: From Emily's Garden

In Praise of Songs That Die

Jake Heggie

Vachel Lindsay

It Makes No Difference Abroad

Jake Heggie

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: From Emily's Garden

Letter to President Lincoln from Annie Davis, 1864

Jake Heggie

Annie Davis

Song Collection: A Great Hope Fell: Songs From Civil War

Love

Jake Heggie

Sister Helen Prejean

Song Collection: The Deepest Desire

More is Required

Jake Heggie

Sister Helen Prejean

Song Collection: The Deepest Desire

Not In a Silver Casket

Jake Heggie

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Song Collection: Songs and Sonnets to Ophelia

Ophelia's Song

Jake Heggie

Jake Heggie

Song Collection: Songs and Sonnets to Ophelia

Primary Colors

Jake Heggie

Sister Helen Prejean

Song Collection: The Deepest Desire

Prologue: Once More - To Gloriana

Jake Heggie

Vachel Lindsay

Song Collection: Songs to the Moon

Prologue: Ships That Pass in the Night

Jake Heggie

Paul Laurence Dunbar

Song Collection: A Great Hope Fell: Songs From Civil War

Rise and Fall

Song Collection

Jake Heggie

Gene Scheer

Songs and Sonnets to Ophelia

Song Collection

Jake Heggie

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Songs to the Moon

Song Collection

Jake Heggie

Vachel Lindsay

Spring

Jake Heggie

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Song Collection: Songs and Sonnets to Ophelia

The Breaking Waves

Song Collection

Jake Heggie

Sister Helen Prejean

The Deepest Desire

Song Collection

Jake Heggie

Sister Helen Prejean

The Deepest Desire

Jake Heggie

Sister Helen Prejean

Song Collection: The Deepest Desire

The Factory Window Song

Jake Heggie

Vachel Lindsay

The Haughty Snail-King

Jake Heggie

Vachel Lindsay

Song Collection: Songs to the Moon

The Leather-Winged Bat

Jake Heggie

Traditional

Song Collection: Three Folk Songs

The Moon Is a Mirror

Song Collection

Jake Heggie

Vachel Lindsay

The Moon's the North Wind's Cooky (What the Little Girl Said)

Jake Heggie

Vachel Lindsay

Song Collection: Songs to the Moon

The Old Horse in the City

Jake Heggie

Vachel Lindsay

Song Collection: The Moon Is a Mirror

The Strength of the Lonely (What the Mendicant Said)

Jake Heggie

Vachel Lindsay

Song Collection: The Moon Is a Mirror

The Sun Kept Setting

Jake Heggie

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: How Well I Knew the Light

The Thin Edge

Jake Heggie

Dorothy Parker

Song Collection: Before the Storm

Three Folk Songs

Song Collection

Jake Heggie

Traditional

To Make a Prairie

Jake Heggie

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: From Emily's Garden

Was My Brother in the Battle?

Jake Heggie

Stephen Foster

Song Collection: A Great Hope Fell: Songs From Civil War

What the Forester Said

Jake Heggie

Vachel Lindsay

Song Collection: The Moon Is a Mirror

What the Gray-Winged Fairy Said

Jake Heggie

Vachel Lindsay

Song Collection: Songs to the Moon

What the Miner in the Desert Said

Jake Heggie

Vachel Lindsay

Song Collection: The Moon Is a Mirror

What the Rattlesnake Said

Jake Heggie

Vachel Lindsay

Song Collection: Songs to the Moon

What the Scarecrow Said

Jake Heggie

Vachel Lindsay

Song Collection: Songs to the Moon

What the Snowman Said

Jake Heggie

Vachel Lindsay

Song Collection: The Moon Is a Mirror

When Johnny Comes Marching Home

Jake Heggie

Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore

Song Collection: A Great Hope Fell: Songs From Civil War

White in the Moon

Jake Heggie

A. E. Housman

Women Have Loved Before

Jake Heggie

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Song Collection: Songs and Sonnets to Ophelia

Yet Gentle Will the Griffin Be (What Grandpa Told the Children)

Jake Heggie

Vachel Lindsay

Song Collection: Songs to the Moon

Audio

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    Sheet Music

    A Question of Light

    Composer(s): Jake Heggie

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    Music of Jake Heggie

    Composer(s): Jake Heggie

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    Rise and Fall

    Composer(s): Jake Heggie

    Song(s): 1. Water Stone (Noguchi)
    2. Incantation Bowl
    3. Angel's Wings
    4. The Shaman

    Buy via Bill Holab Music

    The Deepest Desire

    Composer(s): Jake Heggie

    Song(s): 1. More is Required
    2. Love
    3. I Catch on Fire
    4. The Deepest Desire
    5. Primary Colors

    Buy via Bill Holab Music

    The Faces of Love (Book 1)

    Composer(s): Jake Heggie

    Voice Type: High

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    The Faces of Love (Book 2)

    Composer(s): Jake Heggie

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    The Faces of Love (Book 3)

    Composer(s): Jake Heggie

    Song(s): 1. Barb'ry Allen
    2. He's Gone Away
    3. The Leather-Winged Bat

    Voice Type: Medium

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