Tri-Cities Opera presents Jake Heggie’s “Three Decembers”


Tri-Cities Opera is producing the regional premiere of a 2008 work that is growing in popularity.

TCO is presenting Jake Heggie’s 90 minute one-act opera “Three Decembers” over the next two weekends.

Based on an unpublished script by playwright Terrence McNally, the opera tells the story of a mother and her two children as they communicate through letters and phone calls.

Stage Director James Kenon Mitchell says Three Decembers depicts the family in 1986, 1996 and 2006 as their relationship grows, decays and is challenged.

Stage Director, James Kenon Mitchell says, “It really is focused not on a romantic relationship, but on the parental dynamic and on these two siblings and how they relate.  And you get to see them really, really up close and see moments that you never usually would see on an operatic stage.”

Conductor, Braden Toan says, “It’s definitely a theater piece with music more than it is an opera.  And yet, it’s more vocally challenging than any musical would be. It’s really written for opera singers.”

Music Director and Conductor Braden Toan calls the piece accessible and sophisticated.

The production is being staged in TCO’s Savoca Hibbitt Hall on Clinton Street in Binghamton.

Showtimes are Fridays at 7:30 and Sundays at 3 this weekend and next.

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