Bienen Ensembles

Jake Heggie’s If I Were You

Midwest Premiere

Thursday, February 24, 2022 at 7:30pm

Cahn Auditorium

Pre-performance talk with composer Jake Heggie, librettist Gene Scheer, and director Joachim Schamberger at 6:45 p.m. in Cahn Auditorium.

Joachim Schamberger, director; Joseph Mechavich, guest conductor; Jake Taniguchi, graduate assistant conductor; Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra 

Hoping to win the heart of his beloved, dispirited young writer Fabian Hart makes a bargain with the devil. He is given the supernatural ability to move his soul and identity from person to person for as long as he likes, but if he ever returns to his own body, death awaits and the devil will collect his soul. Will Fabian choose to live forever as other people, or die for love as himself? 

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Tickets are $18 for the general public and $8 for students with valid ID.

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Cahn Auditorium


600 Emerson Street
Evanston, IL 60208
United States

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Cahn Auditorium is the largest performance space on campus, with more than 1,000 seats and an orchestra pit. The venue offers main floor and balcony seating. Larger Bienen School opera productions are held here.