Gene Scheer


Gene Scheer, librettist, collaborated with Jake Heggie on the MOR-commissioned "For a Look or a Touch," as well as the operas "Moby-Dick" and "Three Decembers," the lyric drama "To Hell and Back," and the song cycles "Statuesque" and "Rise and Fall." In February 2012, the Alexander Quartet and Joyce Di Donato gave the premiere of Heggie and Scheer's "Camille Claudel: Into the Fire." He wrote the libretto for the children's opera "The Star Gatherer" with composer Stephen Paulus, and was the librettist for Tobias Picker's "An American Tragedy," which had its premiere at the Metropolitan Opera. The Chandos recording of their first collaboration, the opera "Therese Raquin," was cited by Opera News as one of the ten best recordings of 2002. Scheer's own compositions have been performed by artists including Renee Fleming (with Christoph Eschenbach), Denyce Graves, Sylvia McNair, Stephanie Blythe, Jennifer Larmore, and Nathan Gunn. Norah Jones sang Scheer's "American Anthem" in Ken Burns' "The War."