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WRITING OPERA TODAY

AN AFTERNOON OF ARIAS AND SONGS
WITH JAKE HEGGIE AND SUZANNA GUZMAN

Sunday October 3, 2010 at 2:30 PM
Neurosciences Institute Auditorium
10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive / San Diego, CA 92121

Image-jakesuzanna3-qa-300x219If you’ve always been afraid of opera (or worse, hate it!), after attending this event the likelihood is you’ll never run away from it again (if you haven’t already begun to love it). At this opera-appreciation concert, two internationally renowned personalities in the world of opera and song today, composer Jake Heggie and mezzo-soprano Suzanna Guzman,  took the audience inside the art form – from inspiration to exposition (or from the writing to the singing)- in an ENJOYABLE concert format that  both educates and entertains.

Among the pieces Suzanna Guzman sang were arias from Heggie’s operas Dead Man Walking (which is well on its way to perhaps becoming the world’s most performed American opera after Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess) and Three Decembers as well as one of his folk song arrangements and a selection from his song-cycle Paper Wings.

Jake Heggie provided the piano accompaniment to the arias and songs and played the prelude to his latest opera, Moby Dick, which recently world-premiered to unanimous acclaim at the season opening of the new Dallas Opera House, and will come to San Diego and San Francisco in the 2012 international season. It will also be staged by Calgary Opera and the State Opera of South Australia.

The program featured very informative and delightful commentaries by the artists who, needless to say, held the audience enthralled throughout the performance.

Below, WATCH VIDEOS of the event:

Jake Heggie on "Jake Heggie, living composer"
Jake Heggie on "Jake Heggie, living composer"
Famed American opera composer Jake Heggie introduces himself to the audience at FanFaire Foundation's Opera Appreciation Event "Writing Opera Today with Jake Heggie and Suzanna Guzman: held at the Neurosciences Auditorium on October 3, 2010
Suzanna Guzman sings "Paper Wings" - a song by Jake Heggie / lyrics by Frederica von Stade
Suzanna Guzman sings "Paper Wings" - a song by Jake Heggie / lyrics by Frederica von Stade
Excerpted from FanFaire Foundation's Opera Appreciation Event "Writing Opera Today with Jake Heggie and Suzanna Guzman" held at the Neurosciences Institute Auditorium on October 3, 2010
Jake Heggie on "Dead Man Walking"
Jake Heggie on "Dead Man Walking"
Jake Heggie plays his "Prelude" to his first opera "Dead Man Walking"; excerpted from FanFaire Foundation's Opera Appreciation Event "Writing Opera Today with composer Jake Heggie and mezzo-soprano a Guzman" held at the Neurosciences Institute Auditorium on October 3, 2010.
Suzanna Guzman performs the "Pardon" scene from Jake Heggie's "Dead Man Walking"
Suzanna Guzman performs the "Pardon" scene from Jake Heggie's "Dead Man Walking"
Excerpted from FanFaire Foundation's Opera Appreciation Event "Writing Opera Today with Composer Jake Heggie and Suzanna Guzman" held at the Neurosciences Institute Auditorium on October 3, 2010.
Suzanna Guzman sings "Daybreak" - from a scene in Jake Heggie's chamber opera "Three Decembers"
Suzanna Guzman sings "Daybreak" - from a scene in Jake Heggie's chamber opera "Three Decembers"
Excerpted from FanFaire Foundation's Opera Appreciation Event, Writing Opera Today with composer Jake Heggie and mezzo-soprano Suzanna Guzman" held at the Neurosciences Institute Auditorium on October 3, 2010
Jake Heggie on his chamber opera "To Hell and Back"
Jake Heggie on his chamber opera "To Hell and Back"
Excerpted from FanFaire Foundation's Opera Appreciation Event "Writing Opera Today with Composer Jake Heggie and Mezzo-soprano Suzanna Guzman" held at the Neurosciences Institute Auditorium on October 3, 2010
Jake Heggie on his new opera Moby-Dick
Jake Heggie on his new opera Moby-Dick
Composer Jake Heggie introduces his new opera Moby-Dick at FanFaire Foundation's opera appreciation concert held October 3, 2010 at the Neurosciences Institute Auditorium in La Jolla, CA and plays the piano reduction of the opera's Prelude.
Suzanna Guzman Sings Noel Coward's "If Love Were All" with Jake Heggie, piano
Suzanna Guzman Sings Noel Coward's "If Love Were All" with Jake Heggie, piano
Encore number at FanFaire Foundation's Opera Appreciation event: "Writing Opera Today with Jake Heggie and Suzanna Guzman" held at the Neurosciences Institute October 3, 2010

 

View pdf of the CONCERT PROGRAM.

 

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