By Francisco Salazar
The Berkshire Opera Festival is set to open its 2022 summer season with a new production of Jake Heggie’s “Three Decembers.”
The production will be performed on July 21 and 23 at PS21 in Chatham, NY and will be conducted by Christopher James Ray. Beth Greenberg, who will direct the production, says, “Buried secrets…dark whispers…love, and devastating loss…all collide and burst forth in Three Decembers. With its skillful balance of drama and èlan, the work probes the fraught relationships between a successful actress-mother and her two children—a daughter coping with a failing marriage, and her young, gay son at the beginnings of the AIDS epidemic.”
The production will star mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala as the lead role of Madeline Mitchell, soprano Monica Dewey, a LGBTQ+ advocate, as Beatrice, and baritone Theo Hoffman as Charlie.
PS21’s Black Box/open-air Pavilion configuration is conceived as a home for intimate-scaled productions. BOF and PS21 are aligned in their values of supporting the future of opera by presenting new and contemporary performances with world-class artists, and making them accessible to everyone in the region.