“Arguably the world’s most popular 21st-century opera and art song composer” – The Wall Street Journal

Composer Jake Heggie is best known for the operas Dead Man Walking, Moby-Dick, It’s a Wonderful Life, Three Decembers, Two Remain, and If I Were You.  His 10th full-length opera, Intelligence, made its debut with the Houston Grand Opera this Fall, and he is currently at work on new works for violinist Joshua Bell, New Century Chamber Orchestra, the Miró Quartet, and Music of Remembrance. The operas and his nearly 300 art songs have been performed extensively on five continents, championed by some of the world’s most beloved artists. With a libretto by the late Terrence McNally, Dead Man Walking has become “the most celebrated American opera of the 21st century” (Chicago Tribune). It has received nearly 80 international productions since its San Francisco Opera premiere in 2000.

And this season, one of the most iconic living American composers makes his first Cliburn Concerts appearance in 15 years, in a dynamic evening at the Kimbell, featuring performances of his works by vocalists of the Fort Worth Opera (as well as the composer himself) and an insightful conversation with the Cliburn’s Buddy Bray.

with vocalists of the Fort Worth Opera

Adia Evans, soprano
Su Hyeon Park, soprano
Bridget Cappel, mezzo-soprano
Kaswanna Kanyinda, mezzo-soprano
Wonjin Choi, tenor
Erik Earl Larson, baritone
Sergio Manzo, baritone


What I Miss the Most… 

Order (text by Joyce DiDonato)
Time (text by Patti LuPone)
Action (text by Sister Helen Prejean)
Music (text by Ruth Bader Ginsburg)
You (text by Kathleen Kelly)

Cinderella 99, a pandemic opera
Text by Gene Scheer

Selected Songs For Murdered Sisters
Text by Margaret Atwood

Empty Chair
Coda: Song

Golden Gate Bridge Duet from Three Decembers
Text by Gene Scheer and Terrence McNally

“A Lucky Child” from At the Statue of Venus

Final Monologue from Master Class


Patrons must be 8 years of age or older to attend Cliburn Concerts.

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Kimbell Art Museum Piano Pavilion