Photo by Maria Baranova

Terce: A Practical Breviary

JAN 10-FEB 4, 2024

Terce: A Practical Breviary is a radical rethinking of a monastic 9:00 AM mass and an adaptation that reimagines the face of the “Holy Spirit” through the lens of the Divine Feminine. Sung by a community choir of 30-plus caregivers and makers, it is a wild meditation/celebration of the sacred mothers alive in all of us and how that manifests in regard to the Earth, each other, and ourselves. Inspired by ideas taken from three primary female mystics (Julian of Norwich, Hildegard von Bingen, and Robin Wall Kimmerer) this non-narrative song cycle blends new music, neo-soul, and gospel with traditional medieval organum— is percussed with active caretaking and craft making and is danced wildly. More of an event than an opera, it is built as an active ritual to celebrate and venerate our feminine alignment with nature and recover from living in the confines of a civilization built to control or ignore it.

Commissioned, developed, and produced through HERE&Back as part of PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now. Co-presented with the Space at Irondale.

Terce: A Practical Breviary is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. Commissioning support provided by OPERA America’s Opera Grants for Female Composers program, supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. Additional support provided by Café Royal Cultural Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music Inc., and Frances Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts. Commissioned, developed, and produced through HERE&Back as part of PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now. We are also grateful for the generous leadership support from Charlotte Isaacs and additional support from Andrea Kihlstedt.

TERCE is also supported by HERE’s Fund for WomenArtists, which was generously established by Jennifer SuhWhitfield and Benjamin Whitfield. They are joined by Abigail Gampel, Alan Ostroff,  Amy Segal, Christie Snider, and Tommy Young.

Updated: January 18, 2024

Masking is required for audience members at this performance when not actively eating or drinking, due to the rising case levels and intimate nature of this show. Thank you for your understanding.

We ask all audience members to please stay home if they have a sore throat, are feeling sick in any other way, or have been recently exposed to COVID-19, and to please contact the box office for refunds or exchanges.

All of our performers, technicians, and staff members are required to be fully vaccinated. Additionally, they are participating in an active testing regimen to keep everyone as safe as possible.

HERE reserves the right to revise protocols as the rate of transmission changes and in light of new scientific data that may present itself.

85 South Oxford Street
Fort Greene, Brooklyn 11217

JAN 10-FEB 4, 2024

Performance schedule:Wed-Fri, 7 pm
Sat, 9:00 am  (yes, in the morning!) & 3:00 pm
Sun, at 3 pm

Please note there is no late seating.

(Please note there will be no performance on Jan 21)

Terce will be presented as a GENERAL ADMISSION show (first-come, first-serve seating) with exclusive perks and add-ons included with the purchase of mid-level, premium, and true-cost tickets.
Standard GA ticket: No additional add-ons.
Mid-Level GA ticket: Three recording demos of songs from the show.
Premium GA ticket: Three recording demos of songs from the show as well as three exclusive cut songs.
True Cost GA ticket: Three recording demos of songs from the show, three exclusive cut songs, and a sneak peek of the next mass – for a limited time only.

Buy Tickets

You may add your name to the waiting list 45 minutes before curtain. Tickets will be sold as available for $35. 


Heather Christian