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Opera is here to stay, says 'Dead Man Walking' composer Jake Heggie

Opera is here to stay, says 'Dead Man Walking' composer Jake Heggie

Don't tell Jake Heggie that opera is a dying art form. The composer of the opera "Dead Man Walking" thinks it's alive and kicking — he even uses an unprintable term to describe a recent batch of articles declaring that "Opera is dead." And while his passionate words in defense of the operatic form are convincing, the trajectory of his own career is perhaps his best argument. ------------ FOR THE RECORD Jake Heggie: In the March 1 Arts & Books section, an article about composer Jake Heggie said that his opera "Moby-Dick" premiered in Dallas in 2000. It premiered in 2010. ------------ Two weeks ago, Heggie's first opera, based on...

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