Three Decembers

Midtown Opera Festival:

Three Decembers

Jake Heggie, composer
Gene Scheer, librettist


"Heggie's people move us because the have musical souls." —Opera News


Saturday, April 1, 2017  |  7:30 pm
Saturday, April 8, 2017  |  8:00 pm


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Michael Sakir Conductor
NED Canty  Stage Director
Jarrett Ott CHARLIE
Ashley Mahone Dancer

About the Opera

LANGUAGE: English with English surtitles

Three Decembers tells the story of a famous stage actress – Madeline Mitchell – and her two adult children: Beatrice and Charlie. Both children resent their mother's long absences on the road and her lack of concern for the tragedies in their lives. Charlie believes his mother is distant because he is gay, even as his partner, Burt, is dying of AIDS. Meanwhile, Beatrice, trapped in an unhappy marriage, feels Madeline resents her enduring affection for their deceased father. As the story unfolds over the decades, long-simmering resentments surface, accusations are hurled, and family secrets revealed, leading ultimately to a hard-won peace and forgiveness for both the living and the dead.

Adapted from an unfinished play by Terrence McNally, the libretto is written by Gene Scheer.

Opera Prelude Talks
  • The April 1st performance will be preeded by an Opera Prelude Talk & Dinner. Dinner will begin at 6:00, and the Opera Prelude Talk will begin at 6:45. 
  • The April 8th performance will be preceeded by an Opera Prelude Talk & Dinner. Dinner will begin at 6:30, and the Opera Prelude Talk will begin at 7:15. Dinner tickets may be purchased here. Dinner tickets are NOT required for those wishing to attend only the Talk.
  • The April 1st performance will be immediately followed by an Opera Epilouge Talk Back.
  • The April 8th performance will be followed by an Opera Epilouge Talk Back. During the Talk Backs, members of our creative team and community leaders will lead the audience in a discussion of the opera just performed. Stick around to delve deeper into the themes, images, and music explored in the piece.