Stepping Out

‘December’ stretches into January

Three Decembers
David Allen/Special to the Town Crier
The cast of Opera San Jose’s “Three Decembers” includes mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, from left, baritone Efraín Solís and soprano Maya Kherani.

Opera San Jose’s production of “Three Decembers,” which opened last month in a digital format, has been extended through the end of January.

Los Altos resident Khori Dastoor, the opera company’s new general director, selected the operatic piece. She is also behind the move to make “Three Decembers” virtual amid the pandemic – an effort to stay connected with patrons and keep the company’s singers employed, Dastoor said.

Written by Jake Heggie, “Three Decembers” is based on Terrence McNally’s unpublished play “Some Christmas Letters.” The chamber opera follows a mother and her two children through three Christmases, each a decade apart.

Aside from being well suited for these COVID-19 times – the performance involves only three characters – Dastoor said she chose the opera because it mirrored the present day.

“‘Three Decembers’ takes place in 1986 in the throes of the AIDS pandemic, and there are a lot of similarities (to today). ... I was thinking about the ideas of connection, isolation and loss, which are what the piece deals with,” she said.

Susan Graham, Maya Kherani and Efraín Solís star as the three members of the family “Three Decembers” centers on. Christopher James Ray conducts the 90-minute performance and Tara Branham directs.

Tickets to stream “Three Decembers” on demand start at $40.

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