Jake Heggie

What's New: Jake Heggie

Jan 30, 2018
Karen Almond, The Dallas Opera

Adam Sandler fans know one of his characters, Opera Man who debuted in April 1992. He sang silly lines, and over the next two years appeared in Saturday Night Live newscasts, and even in a stand alone sketch. We’ll hear someone who could easily be called Opera Man in real life, not because of made up arias, but his incredible output of operas, composer Jake Heggie on today’s What’s New.

Simon Pauly

Before the turn of the 20th century there was an American soprano, Lilian Norton who became internationally famous, and was called the “Yankee Diva.” She was given a stage name, Lilian Nordica, by an Italian maestro at the beginning of her operatic career, convincing her that European opera-goers would not tolerate a diva with a plain sounding, American name.

Mezzo soprano Joyce DiDonato is called the Yankee Diva these days – at least on her youtube and flickr accounts, and she has roots in the American Midwest.

We’ll hear DiDonato’s artistry from her very first recordings to the latest release on Erato on this episode of What’s New!

John Clare

A new program airs Sunday and Tuesday nights on WBAA Classical: What's New. Host John Clare features new music, new releases, and interesting guests. Hear a special preview of this week's What's New, and let us know what you think.

We'll feature the amazing mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, from her very first solo cd to her latest release, In War and Peace.

What's New: Opera

Sep 2, 2016
Paramount Pictures

"People may say I can't sing," Florence Foster Jenkins once remarked to a friend, "but no one can ever say I didn't sing."

We’ll hear music from the feature film about Florence Foster Jenkins, as well as opera selections from living composers: Jennifer Higdon, John Corigliano, Jake Heggie, Michael Nyman, Thomas Ades, John Harbison and Carlisle Floyd on today’s What’s New!


What's New 9/4 Preview

Aug 31, 2016
Judith Kurnick

A new program airs Sunday nights on WBAA Classical: What's New. Host John Clare features new music, new releases, and interesting guests. Hear a special preview of this week's What's New, and let us know what you think.