Will be streamed by Opera San José
By Iride Aparicio
Photos by: David Allen
SILICON VALLEY, CA-- beginning on December 3rd, at l0am (PST) we will be able to watch the on-demand streaming of Opera San José' THREE DECEMBERS written by composer JAKE HEGGIE with libretto by GENE SCHEER, in the privacy of our homes. The unique performance will be sang by world-renowned mezzo-soprano SUSAN GRAHAM, celebrated Opera San José's Indian singer MAYA KHERANI and baritone EFRAIN SOLIS, who was hailed as "The biggest Star of the Evening" by The San Francisco Chronicle for his performance at the San Francisco Opera.The opera will be directed by Resident Artist TARA BRANHAM, and Conducted by Resident Conductor CHRISTOPHER JAMES RAY.
With a soaring musical score and brilliant witty libretto the 90 minute full hearted American opera, is a work about family, the family we are born into, and the family we create.
SHORT BIOS OF THE SINGERS
Mezzo Soprano SUSAN GRAHAM has been hailed as "An artist to treasure" by the New York Times.
She began receiving raves in the international press singing the title role of MASSENET's Chéruvinat in Covent Garden. The role sealed her Operatic stardom.
She has sang the difficult works of GLUCK, BERLIOZ, OFFENBACH and MASSENET and productions have been mounted for the Mezzo in New York, London, Paris, Chicago, San Francisco and Santa Fé Opera. She proved herself to be the standout star at the Metropolitan Opera revival of "Les Troyens" which was broadcast live to cinema audiences worldwide in the company's celebrated "Live in HD" series. GRAHAM has collaborated with the world's leading orchestras and she makes regular appearances with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Orchestre de Paris and the London Symphony Orchestra.
The winner of multiple awards for singing, Indian-American Soprano MAYA KHERANI has been lauded in the press for her vibrant voice and her characterizations of Baroque and modern Operas. She made her European debut with the Fondazione GIORGIO SINI - Seminari di Musica Antica (Seminary of Antique Music) singing the modern-world premiere of French Baroque works of CARIBBEAN. She made her debut as DESPINA in Cossi Fantute in Opera San José, where she is now a Resident Artist. She has sung in many Operas among them Central City Opera, Light Houston Grand Opera and West Bay Opera, to name a few. KHERANI has also been feature with the American Bach Soloists, the San Francisco Bach Choir, and the Amherst Early Music Festival, Early Music Vancouver and the American Handel Socity Festival
The soprano graduated with a BSE in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University and a minor in Music performance, Robotics and Intelligent Systems, but received the ISIDORE and HELEN SACKS award for Excellence in Musical performance and choreographer for NAACHO SOUTH ASIAN Dance Company. She holds a Master in Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a professional certificate from the Boston University Opera Institute.
The San Francisco Chronicle writes that "For theatrical charisma and musical bravado, it would be hard to top the performance of baritone EFRAIN SOLIS"
The Baritone made his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Schönberg Gurrelieder (A large cantata with five vocal soloists, narrator, chorus and a large orchestra) and was going to debut with the Fort Worth Opera in La Boheme but the production was canceled by COVID-19. A recent graduate of the San Francisco Opera Adler Fellowship, he is an alumnus of the prestigious Merola Opera Program in association with San Francisco Opera, and a former member of Opera Santa Barbara's Studio Artist Program. In 2013, he was a Grand Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Nation Council Auditions and the Houston Grand Opera's Eleanor McCollum Competition. Baritone SOLIS has sang in Die Zauberflöte, La Cerentola, La Bohème, Un Ballo in Maschera, Tosca and Madama Butterfly. In 2019-2020 he also returned to Utah Opera and the Virginia Opera and joined the Cincinnati Song initiative for a program of Spanish song. He has sang in Opera Southwest, El Paso Opera, Houston Grand Opera, New York City Opera, Opera Carolina, Virginia Opera Philharmina Baroque, West Edge Opera, Washington Concert Opera, New Century Chamber Orchestra and Opera Saratoga. He also joined the New York Festival of Song again for a program of Lorca songs. He holds a Master of Music from San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Music from Chapman University.
THREE DECEMBERS will be presented online starting DECEMBER 3rd, and to secure the safety of its singers and musicians, Opera San José team worked tirelessly to create a safe performance space operated under the strictest safety protocols, to achieve a world-class digital capture.
For Information or to reserve your Household Ticket go online to: https://www.operasj.org/
Ticket prices are:
$40.00 Per Household (On-demand streaming access only)
$50.00 per Household (Streaming + Opening Gala Invite)