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Jake Heggie: It's a Wonderful Life (Live)


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Composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer knew before they ever wrote a note or a line of It’s a Wonderful Life that there are challenges in adapting a treasured classic for the operatic stage. After all, Heggie and Scheer’s hit 2010 opera Moby-Dick raised the same challenges: how could they remain faithful to the source material and still create something new, which emphasized the story’s innate operatic qualities? For It’s a Wonderful Life, Heggie and Scheer responded by keeping the basic plot and characters from the beloved Frank Capra film version but changing the perspective. As in the film, an angel—changed in the opera from Clarence to Clara—is assigned to help a man named George Bailey, who is despondent and contemplating taking his own life on Christmas Eve; if Clara succeeds, she will earn her wings. But in a departure from the film, all the action takes place from Clara’s perspective and in her realm. Seventy mirrored doors represent portals in time and space, which Clara uses to piece together the events of George’s life in an effort to understand what has brought him to this moment of despair. How well did Heggie and Scheer succeed? Critics said the “feel good” work (Opera Warhorses) “dispels any notion that you may have about expecting the opera to duplicate the film [and has a] crazy-quilt score that may be Heggie’s most delightful concoction” (Theater Jones). As the Houston Chronicle critic summed up, “George Bailey would be proud.”
Facts
Item number PTC5186631
Barcode 827949063169
Release date 9/15/2017
Category Opera
Label PENTATONE
Media type SACD
Number of units 2
Performers
Choir Houston Grand Opera Chorus
Classical Artist Burden, William
Trevigne, Talise
Conductor Summers, Patrick
Orchestra Houston Grand Opera Orchestra
Disc: 1
It's a Wonderful Life06:03:00
1 It's a Wonderful Life: Prelude (Live) 00:02:15 Summers, Patrick Houston Grand Opera Orchestra
2 It's a Wonderful Life, Act I: Clara in the Heavens 00:10:37 Edquist, Ed Yu, Yongzhao Reams, Zoie Trevigne, Talise Lombard, D'ana Summers, Patrick Houston Grand Opera Orchestra LuPone, Patti Burden, William
3 It's a Wonderful Life, Act I: George Bailey's Chil 00:08:41 Gilfry, Rod Townsend, Jack Friend, C.J. Smith, Levi Thomas, Stephen Edquist, Ed Yu, Yongzhao Reams, Zoie Trevigne, Talise Lombard, D'ana Summers, Patrick Houston Grand Opera Orchestra
4 It's a Wonderful Life, Act I: Bedford Falls's Alad 00:02:56 Trevigne, Talise Summers, Patrick Houston Grand Opera Orchestra Griffey, Anthony Dean Burden, William Hopkins, Joshua
5 It's a Wonderful Life, Act I: Goodbye Bedford Fall 00:05:30 Hopkins, Joshua Burden, William Griffey, Anthony Dean Houston Grand Opera Orchestra Summers, Patrick Trevigne, Talise Hickman, Frankie
6 It's a Wonderful Life, Act I: The High School Danc 00:04:05 Burden, William Houston Grand Opera Chorus Houston Grand Opera Orchestra Summers, Patrick Carroll, Andrea
7 It's a Wonderful Life, Act I: I'm Gonna See the Wo 00:06:31 Burden, William Griffey, Anthony Dean Houston Grand Opera Orchestra Summers, Patrick Carroll, Andrea
8 It's a Wonderful Life, Act I: Wait and Save (Live) 00:06:26 Hopkins, Joshua Burden, William Griffey, Anthony Dean Houston Grand Opera Orchestra Summers, Patrick Lombard, D'ana Trevigne, Talise Reams, Zoie Yu, Yongzhao Edquist, Ed Gilfry, Rod Martin, Heath
9 It's a Wonderful Life, Act I: Four Years (Live) 00:03:40 Hopkins, Joshua Burden, William Griffey, Anthony Dean Houston Grand Opera Orchestra Summers, Patrick Lombard, D'ana Trevigne, Talise Reams, Zoie Yu, Yongzhao Edquist, Ed Carroll, Andrea
10 It's a Wonderful Life, Act I: Harry's Homecoming ( 00:00:28 Hopkins, Joshua Griffey, Anthony Dean Houston Grand Opera Orchestra Summers, Patrick
11 It's a Wonderful Life, Act I: A Rainbow at Midnigh 00:06:10 Smith, Kate Hopkins, Joshua Burden, William Griffey, Anthony Dean Houston Grand Opera Orchestra Summers, Patrick
12 It's a Wonderful Life, Act I: I'm Gonna Love You ' 00:06:26 Burden, William Houston Grand Opera Orchestra Summers, Patrick Trevigne, Talise Carroll, Andrea
Disc: 2
It's a Wonderful Life06:03:00
1 It's a Wonderful Life, Act II: George and Mary's W 00:03:50 Burden, William Houston Grand Opera Chorus Houston Grand Opera Orchestra Summers, Patrick Trevigne, Talise Hickman, Frankie Carroll, Andrea Martin, Heath
2 It's a Wonderful Life, Act II: The Bank Run of 192 00:05:37 Burden, William Griffey, Anthony Dean Houston Grand Opera Chorus Houston Grand Opera Orchestra Summers, Patrick Lombard, D'ana Trevigne, Talise Reams, Zoie Yu, Yongzhao Edquist, Ed
3 It's a Wonderful Life, Act II: Changes and Blessin 00:03:20 Burden, William Houston Grand Opera Orchestra Summers, Patrick Trevigne, Talise
4 It's a Wonderful Life, Act II: Thank You, Mr. Bail 00:01:11 Houston Grand Opera Orchestra Summers, Patrick Trevigne, Talise
5 It's a Wonderful Life, Act II: I Want to Hire You, 00:05:15 Burden, William Houston Grand Opera Orchestra Summers, Patrick Gilfry, Rod
6 It's a Wonderful Life, Act II: One Country, One Dr 00:04:16 Houston Grand Opera Chorus Houston Grand Opera Orchestra Summers, Patrick Lombard, D'ana Trevigne, Talise Reams, Zoie Yu, Yongzhao Edquist, Ed
7 It's a Wonderful Life, Act II: What a Day! (Live) 00:01:20 Burden, William Houston Grand Opera Orchestra Summers, Patrick Trevigne, Talise
8 It's a Wonderful Life, Act II: Uncle Billy Loses t 00:04:20 Burden, William Houston Grand Opera Orchestra Summers, Patrick Trevigne, Talise
9 It's a Wonderful Life, Act II: Zuzu's Petals (Live 00:05:09 Burden, William Houston Grand Opera Orchestra Summers, Patrick Smith, Levi Friend, C.J.
10 It's a Wonderful Life, Act II: You're Worth More D 00:03:47 Burden, William Houston Grand Opera Chorus Houston Grand Opera Orchestra Summers, Patrick Trevigne, Talise
11 It's a Wonderful Life, Act II: I Wish I'd Never Be 00:05:06 Burden, William Houston Grand Opera Chorus Houston Grand Opera Orchestra Summers, Patrick Trevigne, Talise
12 It's a Wonderful Life, Act II: The World Without G 00:08:12 Burden, William Houston Grand Opera Orchestra Summers, Patrick Trevigne, Talise
13 It's a Wonderful Life, Act II: Christmas Morning ( 00:04:39 Burden, William Houston Grand Opera Orchestra Summers, Patrick
14 It's a Wonderful Life, Act II: A Wonderful Life (L 00:05:23 Burden, William Houston Grand Opera Orchestra Summers, Patrick Lombard, D'ana Trevigne, Talise Reams, Zoie Yu, Yongzhao Edquist, Ed
15 It's a Wonderful Life, Act II: Auld Lang Syne (Liv 00:01:28 Hopkins, Joshua Burden, William LuPone, Patti Griffey, Anthony Dean Houston Grand Opera Chorus Houston Grand Opera Orchestra Summers, Patrick Lombard, D'ana Trevigne, Talise Reams, Zoie Yu, Yongzhao Edquist, Ed Thomas, Stephen Smith, Levi Friend, C.J. Townsend, Jack Gilfry, Rod Hickman, Frankie Carroll, Andrea Martin, Heath Graper, Grace
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