Jake Heggie

Jake Heggie

1961 -

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. To listen, please click on the track itself.


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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