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.

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    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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    A Great Hope Fell

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    Emily Dickinson

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

    A Question of Light

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    Gene Scheer

    Africa

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    Maya Angelou

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

    America

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    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

    Back You Go

    Jake Heggie

    Galway Kinnell

    Song Collection: From 'The Book of Nightmares'

    Barb'ry Allen

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    Song Collection: Three Folk Songs

    Before the Storm

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    Jake Heggie

    Emily Dickinson

    Edna St. Vincent Millay

    Dorothy Parker

    By The Spring, At Sunset

    Jake Heggie

    Vachel Lindsay

    Song Collection: Of Laughter and Farewell

    Edna St. Vincent Millay

    Jake Heggie

    Lucy Miller Murray

    Euclid

    Jake Heggie

    Vachel Lindsay

    Song Collection: Songs to the Moon

    Fame

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    Emily Dickinson

    Song Collection: Newer Every Day: Songs for Kiri

    From Emily's Garden

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    Emily Dickinson

    From 'The Book of Nightmares'

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    Jake Heggie

    Galway Kinnell

    Glory

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    Julia Ward Howe

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

    Goodnight

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    Emily Dickinson

    Song Collection: Newer Every Day: Songs for Kiri

    He's Gone Away

    Jake Heggie

    Song Collection: Three Folk Songs

    Here, Where the Daisies Fit My Head

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    Emily Dickinson

    Song Collection: From Emily's Garden

    How Well I Knew the Light

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    Jake Heggie

    Emily Dickinson

    I Catch on Fire

    Jake Heggie

    Sister Helen Prejean

    Song Collection: The Deepest Desire

    I’m Nobody! Who are You?

    Jake Heggie

    Emily Dickinson

    Song Collection: Newer Every Day: Songs for Kiri

    ICONIC LEGACIES: First Ladies at the Smithsonian

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    Gene Scheer

    If You Were Coming in the Fall

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    Emily Dickinson

    In a Restaurant

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    Galway Kinnell

    Song Collection: From 'The Book of Nightmares'

    In Lands I Never Saw

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    Emily Dickinson

    Song Collection: From Emily's Garden

    In Praise of Songs That Die

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    Vachel Lindsay

    In the Midst of Thousands

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    Frederick Douglass

    Song Collection: These Strangers

    It Makes No Difference Abroad

    Jake Heggie

    Emily Dickinson

    Song Collection: From Emily's Garden

    Letter to President Lincoln from Annie Davis, 1864

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    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

    My Father's Eyes

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    Galway Kinnell

    Song Collection: From 'The Book of Nightmares'

    Newer Every Day: Songs for Kiri

    Song Collection

    Jake Heggie

    Emily Dickinson

    Not In a Silver Casket

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    Edna St. Vincent Millay

    Song Collection: Songs and Sonnets to Ophelia

    Of Laughter and Farewell

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    Vachel Lindsay

    Ophelia's Song

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    Jake Heggie

    Song Collection: Songs and Sonnets to Ophelia

    Primary Colors

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    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

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    Paul Laurence Dunbar

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

    Rise and Fall

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    Jake Heggie

    Gene Scheer

    Silence

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    Emily Dickinson

    Song Collection: Newer Every Day: Songs for Kiri

    Songs and Sonnets to Ophelia

    Song Collection

    Jake Heggie

    Edna St. Vincent Millay

    Songs to the Moon

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    Jake Heggie

    Vachel Lindsay

    Spring

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    Edna St. Vincent Millay

    Song Collection: Songs and Sonnets to Ophelia

    That I Did Always Love

    Jake Heggie

    Emily Dickinson

    Song Collection: Newer Every Day: Songs for Kiri

    The Breaking Waves

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    Sister Helen Prejean

    The Deepest Desire

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    Sister Helen Prejean

    The Deepest Desire

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    Sister Helen Prejean

    Song Collection: The Deepest Desire

    The Factory Window Song

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    Vachel Lindsay

    The Haughty Snail-King

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    Vachel Lindsay

    Song Collection: Songs to the Moon

    The Leather-Winged Bat

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    Song Collection: Three Folk Songs

    The Moon Is a Mirror

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    Vachel Lindsay

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

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    Vachel Lindsay

    Song Collection: Songs to the Moon

    The Old Horse in the City

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    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

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    Emily Dickinson

    Song Collection: How Well I Knew the Light

    The Thin Edge

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    Dorothy Parker

    Song Collection: Before the Storm

    The Work at Hand

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    Laura Morefield

    These Strangers

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    Emily Dickinson

    Frederick Douglass

    Walt Whitman

    These Strangers, in a foreign World

    Jake Heggie

    Emily Dickinson

    Song Collection: These Strangers

    Three Folk Songs

    Song Collection

    Jake Heggie

    To a Stranger, #52 from Leaves of Grass

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    Walt Whitman

    Song Collection: These Strangers

    To Make a Prairie

    Jake Heggie

    Emily Dickinson

    Song Collection: From Emily's Garden

    Under the Blessing of Your Psyche Wings

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    Vachel Lindsay

    Song Collection: Of Laughter and Farewell

    Was My Brother in the Battle?

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    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

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    Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore

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

    White in the Moon

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    A. E. Housman

    Women Have Loved Before

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    Edna St. Vincent Millay

    Song Collection: Songs and Sonnets to Ophelia

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

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    Vachel Lindsay

    Song Collection: Songs to the Moon

    You Scream

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    Galway Kinnell

    Song Collection: From 'The Book of Nightmares'

    Videos

    Recordings

    An American Song Album

    (Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland and Jake Heggie)

    2019

    A Certain Slant of Light

    (Aaron Copland, Jake Heggie and Michael Tilson Thomas)

    2018

    The Moon's A Gong, Hung In The Wild: Songs By Jake Heggie

    (Jake Heggie)

    2015

    Heggie: Connection - Three Song Cycles

    (Jake Heggie)

    2014

    The Hours Begin to Sing

    (William Bolcom, John Corigliano and Jake Heggie)

    2013

    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

    Sheet Music

    Music of Jake Heggie

    Composer(s): Jake Heggie

    Buy via Bill Holab Music

    A Question of Light

    Composer(s): Jake Heggie

    Buy via Bill Holab Music

    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

    Buy via E. C. Schirmer

    The Faces of Love (Book 2)

    Composer(s): Jake Heggie

    Buy via E. C. Schirmer

    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

    Buy via E. C. Schirmer

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