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"Three Decembers"
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19 stars
attended Dec 14 2008

Some of the music was gorgeous, but would not be able to sit thru the story again. The kids complained how mother had a career instead of them. Flicka's part was terrific. All 3 singers great.

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attended Dec 14 2008

Fabulous work and wonderful performances. Kudos to SF Opera & Cal Performances for commissioning and supporting this work!

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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.