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Three Decembers
Composer:Jake Heggie
Librettist:Gene Scheer
Synopsis
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.


Productions
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COMPANYTITLEDATES
San Diego Opera AssociationThree Decembers3/8/2019 - 3/10/2019
Tri-Cities OperaThree Decembers2/22/2019 - 3/3/2019
Tri-Cities OperaThree Decembers2/22/2019 - 3/3/2019
Fargo-Moorhead OperaThree Decembers2/15/2019 - 2/17/2019
Fargo-Moorhead OperaThree Decembers12/7/2018 - 12/9/2018
Nashville OperaThree Decembers11/9/2018 - 11/11/2018
STL Opera CollectiveThree Decembers9/7/2018 - 9/8/2018
Opera MaineThree Decembers7/11/2018 - 7/16/2018
Painted Sky OperaThree Decembers5/11/2018 - 5/13/2018
Livermore Valley OperaThree Decembers4/28/2018 - 4/29/2018


OPERA America/Opera.ca Grants Awarded
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GRANT NAMEYEAR
New Works Exploration Grants2015
New Works Exploration Grants2015
New Works Exploration Grants2015
New Works Exploration Grants2015
The Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase 2015
The Opera Fund: Audience Development 2012
New Works Exploration Grants2012
New Works Exploration Grants2012

Number of Acts
2

Vocal & Musical Forces
three singers and small orchestral ensemble

Original Cast
Keith Phares (Charlie)
Kristin Clayton (Beatrice)
Frederica von Stade (Madeline)


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