The world premiere of Jake Heggie’s new opera will be given tomorrow night in Houston.
The new work, called It’s a Wonderful Life, is based on the deathless 1946 Frank Capra Christmas movie.
In an interview with Shawn E. Milnes, the composer reflects on Donald Trump’s recent presidential election victory:
‘It’s A Wonderful Life is a timeless story about community and the individual feeling like the outsider. You’ve made a huge difference by being in the community and participating and, yeah, it’s definitely a story of our time.
‘This feels like a very dark period. Nothing has changed outside. The sun is still shining and there’s still leaves and leaf blowers and there’s little kids running around. But it feels like something fundamentally shifted.
‘I’m figuring out how to move forward and channel the grief that I feel into something positive. Having this work at hand right now is the best thing possible. To be able to bury yourself in productive work with wonderful colleagues on a project that has a very important message: what more could you hope for?’
Read the full interview here.