Three Decembers

by Jake Heggie

At the Patrick Henry PHAME! Theatre

It’s December and beloved stage actress and singer Madeline Mitchell is writing her annual Christmas letter. But no letter is enough to make up for the years of lost time and resentments of her now-adult children, Beatrice and Charlie. Charlie blames his mother’s distance on the fact he is gay and his sister ‘Bea’ is masking the pain of a bad marriage with alcohol… and neither can forgive their mother for their circumstances. When the truth of their father’s tragic death comes out, can true healing and forgiveness follow or will it be too late for this family?

Three Decembers is a modern masterpiece that explores the truth, lies, resentments, and ultimately the hopes of a family over the decades. With simple, yet profound, music that bares the souls of each character, this chamber opera is an intimate mediation on the family we wish for an the family we end up with. These performances featuring the return of mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade who reprises the role of Madeline that she created for the opera’s world premiere.

Sung in English with projected English translations.

The approximate run time is ninety minutes with no intermission.