Gene Scheer: Librettist, Songwriter, and Lyricist by Victoria Jackson

Gene Scheer is a man of many talents and abilities.  He received a musical education from multiple schools: the Eastman School of Music, where he received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music; the University of Cologne in Europe; and Vienna’s Hochschule Für Musik.  While studying in Vienna, Scheer began to perform lead musical theater roles in Munich, Cologne, andVienna.  He also began to write music as a hobby.

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This hobby helped to mold Scheer into what he is today.  Part of Scheer’s musical brilliance stems from his ability to crossover between various types of music.  His songs have been sung by many different artists—from Sylvia McNair to Norah Jones.

American Anthem,” one of Scheer’s most renowned songs, was written in 1998 and first performed for President and Ms. Clinton at the Smithsonian Institute by Denyce Graves.  In addition, the song was performed on the Oprah Winfrey show after the September 11th tragedy and also at George W. Bush’s 2005 Inauguration.  “American Anthem” has later been performed by Patti Labelle and the US Army Band and Chorus.

In 2001 Gene Scheer and Tobias Picker wrote their first opera: “Therese Raquin” which premiered at the Dallas Opera and was later performed in Montreal (in French) and in San Diego.  Their recording was marked as one of the ten best recordings of 2002.  Four years later, a new production of the opera opened at Covent Garden in the Linbury Theater.  In 2005 Scheer and Picker worked together on their second opera collaboration “An American Tragedy” which premiered at the Metropolitan Opera.

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The pink triangle comes alive at holocaust remembrance concert.  <http:// http://www.musicof remembrance.org/news/pink-triangle-comes-alive-holocaust-remembrance-concert>.  20 September 2009.

The Librettist: Gene Scheer.  <http://archive.operainfo.org/broadcast/ composer. cgi?id=109&language=1>.  20 September 2009

Gene Scheer.  <http://www.genescheer.com/biography.aspx&gt;. 20 September 2009.

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