Metropolitan Opera to Finally Showcase Opera By Jake Heggie in 2020

The auditorium of the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. Photo: Jonathan Tichler/Metropolitan Opera

The Metropolitan Opera will finally showcase an opera by Jake Heggie.

Despite Heggie’s rise to operatic fame as a composer over the last decade, the Met has seemed to not notice. Until now.

According to a picture in Opera Magazine taken by New York Times Reporter Zachary Woolfe, conductor Yannick Nézet Seguin will conduct “Dead Man Walking” as part of his inaugural season as the music director of the company.

The 2020 run of the opera would be the Met’s first known production of an opera by Heggie, the composer also known for “Moby Dick.”

The young maestro recently noted that it was his intention to bring new composers to the Met under his direction and this news would confirm intent.

He has already confirmed that he will be showcasing a new production of “Aida” starring Anna Netrebko as part of his inaugural season and would also lead the soprano in a production of “Salome” in the future.

Nézet-Seguin is slated to perform two or three operas a season until he takes over full-time in 2020-21, when he will start to feature in around five or six productions per year.


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1 Comment on "Metropolitan Opera to Finally Showcase Opera By Jake Heggie in 2020"

  1. Sue Harrison | July 14, 2017 at 1:30 pm | Reply

    Now we await the announcement that Michael Mayes, Baritone, will do 3 more years of workouts to take on the title role which he owns and will debut in London early next year. This is great news. Met audiences also deserve Moby-Dick with Jay Hunter Morris and Morgan Smith reprising their iconic performances.

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