Jake Heggie: The Moon’s Lullaby

Written by Matthew Worth


In category: Song of the Day

Published October 5, 2017

I had the great pleasure of singing Three Decembers with Frederica von Stade at Chicago Opera Theater some years ago. The role of Madeline Mitchell was written for her and she premiered it in Houston a few years before we remounted the original production in Chicago. Her honesty and generosity in the role have stayed with me for near a decade. The lullaby Madeline sings in the opera also has stayed with me. Now that I’ve got two children under the age of three, I’m singing a fair amount of lullabies and this one is near the top of the rotation.

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Hailed by The New York Times for a voice that is “fully powered and persuasively expressive”, Matthew Worth is quickly becoming the baritone of choice for innovative productions and contemporary works on the operatic leading edge. Last season, he created the title role in the world premiere of JFK with Fort Worth Opera. This season he will lead another highly anticipated world premiere with Beth Morrison Projects as the Young Monk in Scott Wheeler’s Naga – part of Cerise Jacobs’ epic Ouroboros Trilogy, and will appear with NYFOS in Arias and Barcarolles / The Bernstein Songbook presented by Lyric Opera Kansas City on October 14, 2017.


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