The operatic canon is full of powerful leading women reflecting on the tragedies of their lives. In its next show, the Florentine Opera takes a look at one of the most recent additions: Madeline Mitchell, a widowed, aging Broadway diva whose story is told by acclaimed American composer Jake Heggie. Adapted from a story by playwright Terrence McNally, Three Decembers follows Madeline’s pursuit of her own career over three decades, even as her daughter Beatrice struggles with alcoholism and a failed marriage and her son Charlie slowly loses his partner to AIDS.
March 11 to 20 at the Marcus Center, Milwaukee. $30 to $70. florentineopera.org.