by Jake Heggie
Libretto by Gene Scheer
Based on Some Christmas Letters by Terrence McNally
Chicago Opera Theater
At the Harris Theater in Millennium Park, Chicago
Conductor, Stephen Hargreaves
Director, Leonard Foglia
A review by M. D. Ball of the performance on May 8, 2010
Criticism comes easy. Composition does not. In fact, this opera’s composer, Jake Heggie, colorfully writes in his program notes that sometimes he has to “[smash his] head...on a keyboard to get any notes out at all”. So, with due respect to the difficulty and nobility of the enterprise, and to those who passionately answer the call anyway, I’m going to offer what is probably a minority opinion among critics and opera-lovers alike in questioning the outcome in the case of Heggie’s opera Three Decembers.
Read the whole review here.