Did You Miss 'Let's Talk Opera with Josh Borths?' Watch it Now!

Josh Borths and Three Decembers composer, Jake Heggie, talking during the January 10 "Let's Talk Opera" digital conversation.

On January 10, the Center for the Arts and Virginia Opera collaborated for a special Mason Arts at Home presentation of Let’s Talk Opera with Josh Borths. This episode examined the upcoming production of Three Decembers and included a fascinating conversation with the show’s composer, Jake Heggie.  

Virginia Opera’s production of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s Three Decembers is a two-act chamber opera about family—the ones we are born into, and those we create. Based on Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally’s unpublished play, Some Christmas Letters, the story follows Broadway Star Madeline Mitchell as she enters the twilight of her career and life, sharing a secret she has kept over three Decembers in 1986, 1996, and 2006. More hidden truths are brought to light as Madeline and her children struggle to find their identities as a family and as individuals. This new addition to the repertoire grapples with contemporary issues wrapped in timeless music. 

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Karen Ziemba, starring at Madeline in Three Decembers.

The role of Madeline will be played by Broadway veteran and Tony Award-winner, Karen Ziemba, known for roles such as Roxie Hart in the Broadway production of Chicago, Tony-nominated Rita Racine in Steel Pier, and so many more! Music and performing arts run strongly in Ziemba, going back to her grandmother, famed mezzo-soprano Winifred Heidt, best known for portraying the title role in Georges Bizet’s acclaimed opera, Carmen. 

If you missed Let’s Talk Opera with Josh Borths, now is the time to enjoy the conversation and learn even more about Virginia Opera’s production of Three Decembers.