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A Jake Heggie Triptych

A Jake Heggie Triptych


Ticket Office

 

Open for Calls
(925) 943-7469


Wednesday – Sunday: Noon – 6:00pm
Monday – Tuesday: Closed

 

Open for Walk Up
Please note, face coverings are
required to be worn by all guests
age two and over when entering
the Lesher Center Ticket Office,
regardless of vaccination status.

1601 Civic Drive
Walnut Creek, CA  94596

Wednesday – Sunday: Noon – 6:00pm
Monday – Tuesday: Closed

 

*In addition to the hours noted, the Ticket Office is also open one hour prior and thirty minutes after curtain for ticketed performances, including performances on Mondays, Tuesdays, and most City holidays.

Presented by Festival Opera
August 13 - 15, 2021

This World Premiere Event of works by Jake Heggie features three song cycles reimagined as fully staged chamber operas. These three moving narratives share one common theme: the deep human desire for love and acceptance. Festival Opera welcomes a world-class cast of West Coast artists with strong ties to Heggie’s operas and song repertoire. As Festival Opera celebrate their 30th Anniversary Season, they are thrilled and honored to feature the collaboration and performance of Jake Heggie himself in this newly assembled work. This production is the result of General Director Zachary Gordin’s long standing relationship with Jake Heggie and his works, and of their conversations about what opera can be in this era of rebirth.

Running Time: approx. 2 hours, with two intermissions
Face coverings are required to be worn by all guests age two and over when visiting the Lesher Center for the Arts, regardless of vaccination status.

A Jake Heggie Triptych

Featuring
   Carrie Hennessey as Rose
   Diana Tash as Camille
   Curt Branom as Gad
   Zachary Gordin as Manfred
   with Jake Heggie, composer and pianist

   Mark Foehringer, Director
   Bryan Nies, Conductor
   with members of the Festival Opera Orchestra


At the Statue of Venus

   Libretto: Terrence McNally
   Rose: Carrie Hennessey
   Jake Heggie, piano

Rose, who is newly navigating the dating sphere, anxiously awaits her blind date. They have agreed to meet in a museum near the statue of Venus. While she waits, her thoughts and emotions are a jumble of hope, uncertainty, and self-doubt. She is self-conscious about her clothes, unsure of how she'll make this first impression. She compares herself to other women she sees around her in the museum. Will he like her? Will she like him? Why did she - a proudly successful modern woman - allow her friends to convince her that they had found a Mr. Right for her? She muses hopefully, “Will I know him? Of course, I will. He’ll be a man I can laugh with and be myself with. He’ll be handsome which only means, when I look at him, my heart will swell. That’s all handsome is: happiness…” Will Mr. Right appear?


Camille Claudel: Into the Fire
   Libretto: Gene Scheer
   Camille: Diana Tash

French sculptor Camille Claudel (1864-1943), a genius in her own right, is often known only by her association with a man: Auguste Rodin, who was her mentor, teacher and became her lover. Shattered by their stormy and ill-fated love affair, and a career sabotaged at every turn, Claudel was tragically committed to an asylum by order of her own family. This story unfolds on the day she is committed. As dawn breaks, Camille awakens to the strange reality of what is about to happen to her, and she addresses her sculptures.


For a Look or a Touch
   Libretto: Gene Scheer
   Manfred: Zachary Gordin
   Gad: Curt Branom

This deeply moving song cycle is a revealing examination of the persecution homosexuals endured under the Nazi regime. This important and timely work reflects on these historic realities from a more intimate and human distance. Manfred and Gad were lovers as teenagers in Berlin until Manfred and his family were murdered by the Third Reich. Gad, in the present day, is visited one night by Manfred’s ghost. Gad wants desperately to forget the horrors he has lived. Manfred insists on being remembered. Most of all Manfred implores Gad to remember their powerful and timeless love.


A Jake Heggie Triptych


This event is presented as a part of Walnut Creek Downtown’s Arts Around August, a month-long celebration of the arts in our town.  See the full schedule for all of the participating events and programs!

Walnut Creek Downtown's Arts Around August


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