Frederica van Stade, a beloved opera star for more than three decades, is making her final appearances in Chicago this week. Her sold-out Carnegie Hall farewell recital earned critical hosannas for her grace and artistic dedication as for her voice quality.
“Flicka”, the nickname she is known by her friends and legions of fans, will be on stage tomorrow evening (May 10th) at Harris Theater in a similar farewell recital accompanied on piano by composer Jake Heggie. Heggie, who has scored operas such as “Dead Man Walking” and the recently premiered “Moby Dick”, also wrote the chamber opera, “Three Decembers”, expressly for Ms. Van Stade.
The work, presented here by Chicago Opera Theater, opened last evening at Harris. Remaining performances this week are Wednesday and Friday evening with a closing performance next Sunday afternoon. For tickets, contact the Harris Theater box office or go to www.chicagooperatheater.org.