For five weeks every year since 2003, as spring unwinds into summer, the beautiful campus of Pepperdine University, nestled in the hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Malibu (California), becomes the home of SongFest.* The name suggests a festival of song, which it is, or eventually becomes – as Day 1 rolls on to Days 2, 3, 4 and so on. Actually it starts life more as a boot camp where young professional singers and gifted would-be singers and pianists learn the nitty-gritty of the ART SONG under the tutelage of artists of the highest level.
It was here where we caught up with JAKE HEGGIE, a Song Fest Resident Artist for the past several years. In this video interview, Jake shares with unbridled enthusiasm his compositions** of recent days and the DREAM WORKS that will one day take their rightful place in his growing list of masterpieces.
Among the works he talks about is his chamber opera LAST ACTS, which world-premieres at HOUSTON GRAND OPERA February 29 through March 15. Mezzo-soprano FREDERICA VON STADE for whose voice HEGGIE wrote the opera, sings the lead role.
* SongFest is directed by ROSEMARY HYLER RITTER.
** Also among the recent works he talks about in this interview is “Monologue” from Master Class, the play by TERRENCE MCNALLY, which the legendary soprano Dame KIRI TE KANAWA has included in her Farewell Tour program. Click HERE for FanFaire‘s interview with Dame Kiri.