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spotlight JAKE


HEGGIE MUSICAL TALES


by joel martens The world of music is a better, richer one because of the work of this


skilled composer and those with whom he has collaborated. The list reads like a “Who’s Who” in the world of classical music, opera and Broadway: Collaborations that include librettists Terrence McNally and Gene Sheer, sopranos Kiri Te Kanawa and Renée Fleming; mezzo- soprano Frederica von Stade as well as Broadway stars Patti LuPone and Audra McDonald, to name just a few. The stories he chooses to pen music for, illuminate the human condition and are at the same time, traditional in form and breathtakingly uncharacteristic. Topics that include Sister Helen Prejean’s story about a soul on death row in Dead Man Walking and Herman Melville’s story of Ahab’s obsession, Moby Dick, his most recent, Great Scott and his upcoming work based on It’s A Wonderful Life, set to debut in December with the Houston Opera.. His “musicals” as he refers to them, inspire, engage and challenge audiences to explore different areas of the opera world through storytell- ing and singing, to push and surprise us. As he says, “Hopefully, if I am surprised, they can be as well.” Mission accomplished.


Tell me a little about your time at UCLA, I understand that you studied music there. How much did that inform your career and future work? Yes I did. Though, right out of high school I moved to France and


lived in Paris for two years. I studied at the American College there and transferred to UCLA to finished my undergrad and my graduate work there. It was a great education, I worked with wonderful teachers and had terrific opportunities to perform my work and to learn and hear other great performers. I was a page-turner at UCLA Center for the Perform- ing Arts and turned pages at concerts for Leontyne Price, Renata Scotto, Kiri Te Kanawa, Tatiana Troyanos, Itzhak Perlman and Issac Stern. I was on stage with some really amazing people, watching them perform and listening to them do what they did so magnificently. The opportunity I had at that campus offered me an education in many different ways and it has served me very well.


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RAGE monthly | MAY 2016


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