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'Sunrise' debut

Composer Jake Heggie, soprano Maria Plette and librettist Gene Scheer take a bow after presenting "Another Sunrise," an excerpt of Heggie and Scheer's opera "Out of Darkness: A Triptych of Holocaust Stories" at Opera America's annual conference in San Francisco on June 22. "Out of Darkness" is a production of Walnut Creek-based Festival Opera, one of six companies from around the country invited to present portions of new works at the conference.