Join us for an evening of intimate opera as true music theater.
We visit a theater family across three decades (1986, 1996, 2016), as they try to care for each other while facing the modern challenges of celebrity, abandonment, AIDS, loss, depression, alcoholism and ultimately uncover a tragic family secret. Heggie and Sheer tell McNally’s story with brilliant lyrics and open-hearted honesty--at times funny, at times poignant. The music is personal and warm, with engaging ensemble writing, complex and clever recitative, and beautiful tuneful melodies. The singers are actors.
LIBRETTO BY GENE SHEER
ADAPTED FROM TERRENCE MCNALLY’S ORIGINAL PLAY: “SOME CHRISTMAS LETTERS”
PRESENTED BY T.B.D.OPERA.PROJECTS
SHARON DANIELS, STAGE DIRECTION
JULIA NOULIN-MERAT, SET DESIGN
REGAN SIGLIN; LESLIE JACOBSON KAYE;
ERIN MERCERUIO NELSON; MITCH FITZDANIEL
Wednesday 8/1 at 8:30 PM
Thursday 8/2 at 8:30 PM
A workshop production of Three Decembers, one act opera by composer Jake Heggie with a libretto by Gene Sheer, based on Terrance McNally's play "Some Christmas Letters." The story of three members of an American "stage" family: Madeline Mitchell (Maddy), played by mezzo Leslie Jacobson Kaye, and her two grown children, Charlie, played by baritone Mitch FitzDaniel, and Bea, played by soprano Erin Merceruio Nelson. Set over three decades of their family's life (1986, 1996, 2016), it deals with issues of fame, abandonment, AIDS, loss, death, family secrets, depression, alcoholism. Jake Heggie's musical style is personal and warm, with engaging ensemble writing, complex and clever recitative, and beautiful tuneful melodies.
Leslie Jacobson Kaye, mezzo-soprano | Mitch FitzDaniel, baritone | Erin Merceruio Nelson, soprano | Regan Siglin, piano
Directed by Sharon Daniels
"The Classical Folk," featuring works inspired by the folk music of Spain, England, and Ukraine
Manuel de Falla (1876-1946) | Siete canciones populares españolas | With Katarina Galagaza, mezzo-soprano
Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) | Songs of Travel | With Timothy Gorka, baritone
Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904) | Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 90, "Dumky" | With Anna Harris, violin and Daniel Dickson, cello
Tickets are $10 and available in the church office.
The United States' premiere art song festival
Concerts, public masterclasses, and private coachings with Graham Johnson, Martin Katz, Jake Heggie, Libby Larsen, Roberta Alexander, Susanne Mentzer, Alan Louis Smith, Kayo Iwama, Javier Arrebola, Liza Stepanova, Tony Cho, Mark Trawka, Melanie Emelio, Frances Bennett