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THREE DECEMBERS

Extended by popular demand!

Buoyant. A knockout!” – SF Chronicle

With a brilliant, witty libretto by Gene Scheer and a soaring musical score by Jake Heggie, THREE DECEMBERS is a 90-minute fullhearted American opera about family – the ones we are born into and those we create.  

Available with Spanish, Vietnamese, and English subtitles.

DESCRIPTION


World-renowned mezzo-soprano Susan Graham leads the cast of Opera San José’s first fully-staged digital production, Jake Heggie’s THREE DECEMBERS, based on Tony Award winning playwright Terrence McNally’s unpublished play “Some Christmas Letters”. Conducted by Resident Conductor Christopher James Ray, and Directed by Resident Director Tara Branham, THREE DECEMBERS follows the captivating story of a famous actress, Madeline Mitchell (Graham), and her two adult children, Beatrice and Charlie, portrayed by celebrated singers, OSJ Resident Artists Maya Kherani and Efraín Solís. This intimate 90-minute chamber opera brings to mesmerizing life a family’s struggle to connect over three tumultuous decades, as long-held secrets come to light. With a brilliant, witty libretto by Gene Scheer and rich, soaring score by Jake Heggie, THREE DECEMBERS is a fullhearted American opera about family – the ones we are born into, and those we create.

Opera San José’s Three Decembers is lovingly dedicated to the memory of Terrence McNally.

Sung in English, with Spanish, Vietnamese, and English subtitles available.

Cast & Creative

Music by Jake Heggie
Libretto by Gene Scheer
 
Conductor: Christopher James Ray
Director: Tara Branham
 
Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano
Efraín Solís, baritone
Maya Kherani, soprano
 
Pianist, Veronika Agranov-Dafoe
Pianist, Sunny Yoon
 

Creative and Production Team

Artistic Advisor, Jake Heggie
Set Design, Steven C. Kemp
Costume Coordinator, Alyssa Oania
Lighting Design, David Lee Cuthbert

Head of Music Staff, Veronika Agranov-Dafoe
Stage Manager, Jayme O’Hara
Covid Safety Officer, Emily Wolf
Hair and Makeup Design, Christina Martin
Video Production, Flying Moose Pictures

OFFICIAL TRAILER

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The Making of Three Decembers

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Production Sponsors

This production was made possible by the generous support of the Carol Franc Buck Foundation, the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation and Peggy Heiman.  Opera San Jose is supported, in part, by a Cultural Affairs grant from the City of San Jose, the National Endowment for the Arts, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundations, The Packard Humanities Institute, The Wadhwani Foundation, and Applied Materials Foundation. 

Susan Graham’s appearance was made possible by the generous support of Lawrence A. Kern. 

Maya Kherani’s appearance was made possible, in part, by John M. Heineke & Catherine R. Montfort. Efraín Solís’ appearance was made possible, in part, by Jan & Don Schmidek. Christopher James Ray’s appearance was made possible, in part, by Michael McGinley.