This heartbreaking retelling of the biblical tale of “Susannah and the Elders” is considered the quintessential American opera. Set in the Appalachian Mountains, Susannah innocently incites the lust of the town elders, who demand their minister force her to repent sins for which she is not guilty. Carlisle Floyd’s use of idiomatic American folk song throughout the score captures the essence of Susannah’s plight and creates effective melodrama and lyrical storytelling solidifying Floyd’s place in the canon of great American composers. Wolf Trap Opera premiere.
Watch the virtual preshow talk with Lee Anne Myslewski. There is no preshow talk onsite before the performance:
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Please be advised, this production contains realistic depictions of gun violence and sexual situations.
Stephanie Rhodes Russell
Dan Wallace Miller
Rev. Olin Blitch:
Little Bat McLean:
Members of the Wolf Trap Opera Studio
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