Three Decembers
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Performance Dates
Jun 21 Fri, 7:30 pm Jun 23 Sun, 2:30 pm
Three Decembers Music By Jake Heggie
Based on an Original Play
by Terrence McNally
Libretto by Gene Scheer
Commissioned by The Houston Grand Opera

Jun 21-23, 2024

Shea's Smith


Jun 21-23, 2024

2 Upcoming Shows

Friday Jun 21
Saturday Jun 22
Sunday Jun 23
Monday Jun 24
Tuesday Jun 25
Wednesday Jun 26
Thursday Jun 27

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Show Details

Three Decembers is a poignant opera that tells the story of a dysfunctional family grappling with secrets, lies, and longing for connection. The opera follows the lives of Broadway actress Madeline Mitchell and her two adult children, Bea and Charlie, as they navigate through three crucial holiday seasons. As years pass, Madeline’s fame and success slowly decline, while her relationship with her children grows more distant. Through a series of flashbacks and present-day moments, the audience learns about Madeline’s complicated relationship with her late husband, why she kept secrets from her children, and the impact of her choices on their lives. As the three Decembers unfold, the family must confront their past, face their present, and confront the truths that have been buried for far too long. With emotional performances and powerful music, Three Decembers explores the depths of family bonds and the search for forgiveness and understanding.

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