City Opera Online Premieres Jake Heggie’s ‘At the Statue of Venus’

By David Salazar

City Opera Online has released a performance of “At the Statue of Venus.”

The opera, written by Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally, stars soprano Robyn Dreidger-Klassen and pianist Terrence Dawson.

“An attractive woman waits in a museum by a statue of the Goddess of Love to meet a man she has never seen. Her thoughts and emotions are a jumble of hope, uncertainty and self-doubt. Will he like her? Will she like him? Why did she—a proudly successful modern woman, probably divorced—allow her friends to convince her that they had found a Mr. Right for her? We all know that Mr. Right doesn’t exist—or does he? Nothing ventured, nothing gained. To be willing to be judged by another person—does anything make us more vulnerable but human, too,” Heggie said in a press release. 

Dreidger-Klassen is a champion of contemporary music and has performed works by such composers as R Murray Schafer, Kaija Saariaho, Jocelyn Morlock, Jeffrey Ryan, Ana Sokolovic, David McIntyre, Larry Nickel, Brian Current, Jake Heggie, Libby Larsen, Emily Doolittle, Kati Agocs and Leslie Uyeda, among others. 

The performance, which lasts about half an hour, can be viewed via the company’s official YouTube channel.