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Three Decembers
Jake Heggie
Gene Scheer
Patrick Summers (Conductor)
Leonard Foglia (Director/Designer)
Keith Phares (Charlie)
Kristin Clayton (Beatrice)
Frederica von Stade (Madeline)
February 29, 2008
Houston Grand Opera
The two adult children of a famous actress, Madeline Mitchell, have not come to terms with their mother’s absorption with her career and her resultant neglect of them. Their father, an actor, died in an accident when they were very small, and Madeline (Maddy) rationalizes that as a single mother and breadwinner it was necessary to put her career first. Maddy’s daughter Beatrice and son Charlie are dealing with enormous problems: Bea is unhappily married and seeks comfort from alcohol, while Charlie is about to lose his partner to AIDS. When Madeline is nominated for a Tony, she invites Charlie and Bea to attend the awards ceremony. She and Bea plan to meet at her apartment beforehand to get dressed, but Maddy doesn’t show up on time. Once again let down by her mother, Bea drinks. When Maddy finally arrives and sees the state Bea is in, she compares her to her father, setting off a chain reaction of recrimination, revelation, and, at long last, resolution.
Bea Mitchell (s)
Madeline Mitchell (mz)
Charlie Mitchell (bar)
Formerly entitled Last Acts.

Length is not available.
No chorus
Bill Holab Music
Schedule of Performances Listings
Three Decembers (Heggie)
Friday, May 29, 2015 - Atlanta Opera
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Saturday, September 27, 2014 - UrbanArias
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Sunday, May 13, 2012 - Fort Worth Opera
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Saturday, July 10, 2010 - Central City Opera
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Saturday, May 08, 2010 - Chicago Opera Theater
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Thursday, December 11, 2008 - Cal Performances
Three Decembers (Heggie)
Thursday, December 11, 2008 - San Francisco Opera
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Friday, February 29, 2008 - Houston Grand Opera
Three Decembers (Heggie)
- Cal Performances

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