Peel back three decades of misguided love, secrets, resentments and unacknowledged family truths in this intimate one-act chamber opera by Jake Heggie, (DEAD MAN WALKING, MOBY DICK), starring world-renowned mezzo-soprano DENYCE GRAVES.
We peek in on Madeline, the Broadway star, and her two grown children over three Christmases and discover them wrapped ever tighter in conflict and affection. An opera of a family facing success and failure. THREE DECEMBERS is a beautifully poignant and heart-wrenching work. Full Synopsis
Three Decembers may be closer in letter and spirit to musical comedy than it is to opera, but what of that? It’s sharp and witty and poignant, and it gave Chicago Opera Theater an engaging crowd-pleaser with which to wrap up its spring season… — CHICAGO TRIBUNE, John von Rhein (May 10, 2010)
Sung in English with English supertitles. Performed in one act with three scenes.
Based on the original work by Terrence McNally titled Some Christmas Letters. Performance timing approx. 90 minutes.
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Start your opera experience one hour before the curtain rises with a discussion preview. Get insights to the production and into the mind of the composer. Learn about the social and historical context of the opera and behind the scenes details of the production process.
11 NOV 7pm Dress Rehearsal for Students
13 NOV 6pm President’s Council Dinner at Brown Hotel (reservations required)
13 NOV 7pm Opera Preview at Brown Theatre Rehearsal Hall
13 NOV 8pm THREE DECEMBERS Opening Night with Cast Party at Marketplace Restaurant (everyone welcome)
15 NOV 1pm Opera Preview at Brown Theatre Rehearsal Hall
15 NOV 2pm THREE DECEMBERS matinee followed by “Opera Talkback” with the cast in the Fifth Third room at the Brown Theatre