Document 66350

Talise Trevigne
At the Statue of Venus
Featuring Music by Jake Heggie and Glen Roven
Accompanied by the Composers
Natural Selection
Jake Heggie
The Santa Fe Songs
6. Spring, 1948 (4:32) by Christopher Buckley
7. Listening to jazz now (3:58) by Jimmy Santiago Baca
8. Signs and Portents (4:00) by Jane Lin
9. The Boy Soldier (2:01) by N. Scott Momaday
10. Bowl (2:36) by Valery Martinez
11. Flying Backbone (2:34) by Christopher Buckley
12. Bone Bead (2:42) by Thomas Fox Averill
13. Sowing the Pecos Wilderness (2:16) by Thomas Fox Averill
Glen Roven
At the Statue of Venus Text by Terrance McNally
14. “The slacks were a mistake.” (3:46)
15. “It was a sexy voice.” (1:52)
16. “Look at all those women.” (4:03)
17. “It’s him!” (5:35)
18. A Lucky Child (5:20)
19. “Will I know him?” (3:24)
Jake Heggie
Texts by Gini Savage
Creation (2:47)
Animal Passion (3:15)
Alas! Alak! (2:27)
Indian Summer - Blue (4:33)
Joy Alone (Connection) (3:23)
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Talise Trevigne is a singer recognized for the
“sheer beauty of her voice” and “exquisite stage
presence” who continues to receive praise for
her compelling portrayals of many of opera’s
leading ladies including Violetta, Mimì, Juliette, Gilda, Micaëla, and Manon. Critics have
deemed her Lucia as “perfect Bel Canto singing”
and “utterly ravishing.” She has also performed
principal roles in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas,
Les Malheurs D’Orphée, Händel’s Deidamia,
Les Dialogues des Carmélites, The Tempest, Der
Rosenkavalier, and Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice.
In 2008 she garnered Britain’s coveted
Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award
for her Violetta in Graham Vick’s La Traviata with Birmingham Opera and the
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
Equally at home on the concert stage, her orchestral and recital performances have included Canteloube’s Chants D’Auvergne, Phedon in Satie’s Socrate, Mahler’s Second Symphony, Barber’s Knoxville,
Summer of 1915 and Prayers of Kierkegaard. She has performed rare works by Maurice Delage, Purcell, and Nin-Culmell in New York. She opened the Rising Stars Concert Series at Santa Barbara’s historic Granada Theatre in recital with Warren Jones, and was unreservedly lauded for her work as soloist in Richard Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder, and in her début with the Dallas Symphony in Carmina Burana.
Ms. Trevigne appeared as vocal soloist in the world premiere of Dance Theater of Harlem’s St. Louis Woman - A Blues Ballet at the Lincoln Center Festival, LA’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and The Kennedy Center. She has also performed as special guest soloist in New York’s critically acclaimed Schumann Festival.
A champion of new music, she created the role of Pip in the world premiere of Jake Heggie’s MobyDick in her company début with Dallas Opera. She reprises this role with San Diego Opera, San Francisco Opera, and Washington National Opera. Recent premieres include Mr. Heggie’s Pieces of 9/11
– Memories from Houston for Houston Grand Opera, “The Beloved” in Liza Lim’s The Navigator in Australia, at Moscow’s Chekhov International Arts Festival, and the Bastille in Paris, the title character in Judith Weir’s Armida, and starring in Errollyn Wallen’s The Silent Twins with London’s Almeida Opera.
Jake Heggie is the American composer of the operas Moby-Dick,
Dead Man Walking, Three Decembers, The End of the Affair and
To Hell and Back, as well as the stage works For a Look or a Touch
and At the Statue of Venus. He has also composed more than 200
songs, as well as concerti, chamber music, choral and orchestral
works; his songs, song cycles and operas are championed internationally by many of the most celebrated singers of our time. His
recent recording of songs and duets, PASSING BY: Songs by Jake
Heggie, (AVIE), features performances by Isabel Bayrakdarian,
Zheng Cao, Joyce DiDonato, Susan Graham, Paul Groves, Keith
Phares, and Frederica von Stade. The operas – most of them created with the distinguished writers Terrence McNally and Gene
Scheer – have been produced at major opera houses on five continents. Upcoming projects include works commissioned by The
Dallas Opera, Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Performances,
Music of Remembrance, as well as “Ahab” Symphony, commissioned by The University of North Texas at Denton, where Heggie was 2010/11 guest artist-in-residence.
Glen Roven has won Four Emmy Awards. His Violin
Concerto based on The Runaway Bunny and Goodnight Moon, a lullaby for Soprano and Orchestra, are
two of the most programmed pieces of concert music
in the US. Roven conducted them both at Carnegie Hall
where Glenn Close narrated Bunny. His ten song cycles
are regularly performed by singers all over the world.
He has conducted the National Symphony, the Seattle
Symphony, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, The Munich Philharmonic, The Radio Luxembourg Orchestra,
as well as many others, and made his Israeli conducting debut in 2001 conducting the Israel Philharmonic
Orchestra in two sold-out concerts honoring Leonard
Bernstein. He has conducted for Renee Fleming, Placido
Domingo, Jessye Norman and Kathleen Battle and was
chosen to conduct four Presidential Inaugural Concerts.
In addition to appearing hundreds of times on television, he has written songs for, conducted and produced popular artists Julie Andrews, Aretha Franklin,
Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Kermit the Frog, Patti LaBelle, Liza Minnelli, Diana Ross, and many others. He conducted Frank Sinatra’s last concert on television and Sammy Davis’s final television appearance. Next season sees
the opening of his Broadway Musicals, Dr. Seuss’ The 5000 Fingers of Doctor T and Pandora’s Box, with Maria S. Schlatter.
It was during an extensive search
to cast the demanding role of Pip in
Moby-Dick that I first heard of Talise
Trevigne. It was a very particular type
of soprano I wanted for this crucial
role, and she had proved to be very
hard to find. Several long months went
by before I got the call: “We found
her!” And boy, did we. Talise proved
to be a dream on every level. First,
there’s the voice: a silvery, glamorous,
shimmering soprano with extraordinary range and color, great agility, and fantastic diction. The actress:
committed, fearless, natural, radiant
onstage, deeply connected, entirely
committed to the character and drama. And the person: generous, giving,
delightful, funny, human, real, genuine – and a killer baker. None of us in
the original production of Moby-Dick
will forget the rehearsal when Talise
brought in some homemade goodies
and put us all into a food coma. She
is an artist and friend I will turn to
again and again in the years to come,
and it is a great thrill and honor to be
part of her first solo CD. Jake Heggie
Natural Selection is a cycle of five songs composed for soprano Nicolle Foland in 1997 with original poetry by Gini Savage. It traces a young woman’s search for her own identity: breaking away from her parents; opening herself to reckless passion; falling for the wrong guy; marrying the wrong
guy; then finding her true, joyful self – quiet, alone and one with nature. JH
The Santa Fe Songs I gave a recital concert in Santa Fe the summer of 2011, a few
weeks after I had suffered a monumental personal tragedy. I vaguely remember wandering around the old town in a zombie-like stupor, the only reason I didn’t get hit
by a car was because Ricky Ian Gordon was there helping me. Not surprisingly the
town’s mystical magic crept into my very marrow although I didn’t know it at the
time. I haunted the various galleries and stores, not looking for inspiration, just trying to make some sense of my loss, when I came across a book of Santa Fe poems.
When I arrived back home, a few days (weeks?) later, I realized I would set some
poems. In hindsight, it’s not hard to figure out why certain poems spoke to me. GR
At the Statue of Venus, a scene for soprano and piano, was composed in 2005
for the grand opening of the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver. The original libretto by Terrence McNally depicts a woman at a museum, waiting nervously for a blind date by the statue of Venus. To be willing to be judged by another person – does anything make us more vulnerable but human, too? JH
How will he know me? That’s easy. He will listen for my laughter and be happy to know he’s the reason I laugh. He will know the vastness and fullness of
my heart. Together we’ll know beauty and drink of it deeply, over and over. We
will keep each other hopeful and brave. Together. We will brave this world together, the rest of our days. by Terrance McNally from At the Statue of Venus.
Talise Trevigne
At the Statue of Venus
Produced by
Glen Roven, Peter Fitzgerald,
Richard Cohen, Megan Henninger
Recorded, mixed and mastered by
Megan Henniger and Peter Fitzgerald
Art Direction by Lisa Cuscuna
Recorded at Sound Associates,
January 10th-16th, 2011
The complete Texts and Libretto appear on
Music for At the Statue of Venus and The Santa Fe Songs
is available for purchase at
Music for Natural Selection is available at G. Schirmer
All the copyright information of the various texts appears on
Photo Credits: Ms. Trevigne: Kingmond Young, Mr. Roven: Ellen Appel, and Mr. Heggie: Ahron Foster
Back Cover Photo: Christian Jessen
GPRrecords, owned by Glen Roven (A&R), Peter Fitzgerald (CEO) and Richard Cohen (CFO), has in just two years become one of the most
sought after and prestigious Independent Label in the United States. Concentrating in Classical Music, Broadway Music, Children’s Music and
the Spoken Words, its roster of artist reads like a who’s who in American entertainment. A few of the artists who have recorded with and released CDs with GPRreocrds include, Jason Alexander, Christine Baranski, Thomas Bagwell, Lisa Bielawa, Jonathan Beyer, Jesse Blumberg,
Zoe Caldwell, Ann Hampton Callaway, Tom Cipullo, Tyne Daly, Lauren Flanigan, Joanna Gleason, Ricky Ian Gordon, Daron Hagen, Jake Heggie, Florence Henderson, Barry Humphries, Gabriel Kahane, Lowell Liebermann, Patti LuPone, David Adam Moore, Kate Mulgrew, Cynthia
Nixon, Daniel Okulitch, Patricia Racette, Chris Sarandon, The Runaway Bunny, Kathleen Turner, Gerain Wyn Davis, and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
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