FULL SONGS FOR MURDERED SISTERS (Heggie) Oakland CA 2020 Joshua Hopkins
Information on the Performance
- Work Title: Songs for Murdered Sisters
- Composer: Heggie Jake
- Libretto: Margret Atwood
- Venue & Opera Company: 16th Street Train Station, Oakland, California, Houston Grand Opera
- Recorded: 2020
- Type: Concert Live
- Singers: Joshua Hopkins
- Orchestra: Jake Heggie, PIANO
- Stage Director: James Niebuhr
- Costume Designer:
Information about the Recording
- Published by: Marquee, HGO Digital
- Date Published: 2022
- Format: Streaming
- Quality Video: 4 Audio:4
- Subtitles: nosubs
- Video Recording from: HGO Digital     FULL VIDEO
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THIS PERFORMANCE
On the morning of September 22, 2015, in Renfrew County, Ontario, one man went on a killing spree, brutally murdering three ex-partners in their separate homes. They were victims of a crime now recognized as one of the worst domestic violence cases in Canadian history. The murders devastated the rural Ottawa Valley community where baritone Joshua Hopkins grew up – his sister, Nathalie Warmerdam, was one of these women.
Hopkins has since set out on a journey to use his voice to wake people up to the global epidemic of gender-based violence – and their part in it. His call to action was answered by two exceptional creators. Jake Heggie, hailed by the Wall Street Journal as “the world’s most popular 21st-century opera and art song composer,” agreed to write the music, and Margaret Atwood, the Booker Prize-winning author of more than 50 books of fiction and poetry, including The Handmaid’s Tale, wrote the searing words.
The result is a set of 8 songs, collectively titled Songs for Murdered Sisters, which have now been released as both a film and a digital album. In partnership with co-commissioner Houston Grand Opera, the chamber version premiered in March 2022 at Rothko Chapel in Houston. The orchestral version receives its live world premiere with co-commissioner the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Ontario, in February 2023, with subsequent performances in Toronto and Kingston.