How did the founder of an avant-garde dance ensemble find herself one of the key creative minds behind an opera? Urban Bush Women founder and the director/choreographer/co-conceiver of Intelligence, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, reflects on her career and her unexpected dive into the art form.
Where did the story of Intelligence come from? Uncover the truth with librettist Gene Scheer as he gives an inside look at the American history that inspired the premise for this world-premiere opera.
What made composer Jake Heggie decide to turn this true tale into an opera? Chat with Jake Heggie, Gene Scheer, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar as they explain how this world-premiere opera came to be.
Jawolle Willa Jo Zollar muses on the entwined nature of art and emotion, a principle found in both her own work and the wider world of opera.
Why did the story of Mary Jane Bowser and Elizabeth Van Lew go untold for so long? Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and Jake Heggie discuss how as spies, the two utilized their overlooked, invisible statuses as women to help the Union cause.
Intelligence takes a singular approach to the art form. But what makes this approach so different from other operas? Find out as Gene Scheer and associate choreographer Vincent Thomas share the show’s unique philosophy.
What allows a work of art to stand the test of time? Chat with Jake Heggie and Intelligence Conductor Kwamé Ryan as they discuss the significance of the opera to both their careers and the world at large.
In the penultimate episode of The Making of Intelligence, Jake Heggie shares his excitement for crafting an all-new musical palette for the show, matching the rhythm of dance to the orchestral elements of the score.
How did Houston come to be the host of this once-in-a-lifetime world premiere? In the final episode of the series, Jake Heggie looks beyond the stage to reflect on the bold, innovative spirit of Houston.