Three Decembers Chamber Opera Starring Jake Heggie and Frederica von Stade
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Smuin Ballet breaks the boundaries of traditional dance with this evening of vibrant, innovative works from some of the Bay Area's most exciting choreographers. Choreographer Garrett Ammon unleashes his own take on Tchaikovsky's iconic score in Serenade for Strings, using movement to reflect the composition's intensity and precision. In Objects of Curiosity, Smuin's choregrapher-in-residence Amy Seiwert explores the tensions between desire and restraint, pairing them with a delicate score by Philip Glass and Foday Musa Suso that mirrors her study on stage. The evening concludes with Frankie and Johnny, Michael Smuin's passionate tribute to the legendary Gene Kelly, danced to a soundtrack of some of the biggest names in Latin and mambo music. Learn More
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“Heggie has given the distinguished mezzo-soprano a role of a lifetime, and she fills it with style, charm, musical savvy, and great singing.” —Houston Chronicle
Two of the Bay Area’s best-loved musical artists, composer Jake Heggie (Dead Man Walking_) and mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade, reunite for this poignant chamber opera based on a play by Terrance McNally (_Master Class). The emotionally charged story reveals the loving but often strained relationship between a successful, Tony-nominated actress and her two adult children — an unhappily married daughter and a gay son. Long-held secrets are revealed and reconciled as the three prepare to attend the award ceremony, reminding them of the importance of family.
Music by Jake Heggie
Libretto by Gene Scheer
Based on an original play by Terrence McNally
Patrick Summers, conductor
Leonard Foglia, director
Jake Heggie & Patrick Summers, piano
Cast: Frederica von Stade, Keith Phares and Kristin Clayton
Sung in English with English supertitles.
Three Decembers (Last Acts) is supported by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation.
Commissioned by Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, and Cal Performances.
This special production is a co-production with San Francisco Opera and Houston Grand Opera.
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