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Rossini and Musical Style

Rossini’s Abstract Comedy Rossini’s Ambition Rossini desperately wanted to be successful, respected, and loved. While every composer shares these ambitions, rarely do all three come to fruition in his or her lifetime. However, Rossini did just that. Born into a musical family that could barely make ends meet, Rossini’s difficult childhood—and his homeland’s foreign occupation—motivated […]

The Journey of Dead Man Walking

The Journey of Dead Man Walking by Jake Heggie It’s hard to believe now, but when Terrence McNally and I first met in New York in 1996 to discuss a possible opera collaboration, it was a comic work that the producer had in mind. Something light and celebratory for the millennium. Being almost completely unknown […]

Author biography

Sister Helen Prejean has been instrumental in sparking national dialogue on the death penalty and helping to shape the Catholic Church’s newly vigorous opposition to state executions.  She travels around the world giving talks about her ministry.  She considers herself a southern storyteller. Sister Helen is a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph.  She […]

Librettist Biography

Terrence McNally is one of the American Theatre’s most important living playwrights. His groundbreaking contributions to the art of theatre are incredibly far-reaching and span five decades. His ability to move effortlessly between history and current events, intimate emotional portraits and sweeping cultural landscapes, continues to make him an integral part of the American theatre.  […]

Composer Biography

Jake Heggie, Composer & Pianist Jake Heggie is the American composer of the operas Dead Man Walking (libretto by Terrence McNally), Moby-Dick (libretto by Gene Scheer), It’s A Wonderful Life (Scheer), Great Scott (McNally), Three Decembers (Scheer), To Hell and Back (Scheer), Out of Darkness: Two Remain (Scheer), At the Statue of Venus (McNally) and […]

Composer Biography

  Richard Strauss 1865-1949 While Richard Strauss’ artistic education was strictly conservative, and his well-mannered, well-heeled appearance resembled that of a stolid investment banker, his music shocked the world. Richard Strauss stirred controversy with iconoclastic symphonic works that inspired avid debate throughout contemporary music circles, as well as with erotic operas that literally incited crowds […]