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Mainstage Opera: Kirkpatrick Auditorium
November 16-18

Music and Libretto: Carlisle Floyd
Inspired by: Biblical tale of Susanna and the elders

What the critics say: The orchestration is lush and romantic, shot through with veins of American folk-song recalling the works of Copland and Thomson, yet the idiom remains firmly entrenched in Puccini-esque style. — Gramophone U.K.

Synopsis: An innocent teenager faces accusations of promiscuity, and is shamed and shunned by a community caught up in a frenzy of religious zeal, innuendo, and intimidation. Set in rural Tennessee, the tale of Susanna is driven by the ballads, dances, and hymns of Appalachian folk music.

David Herendeen, Director
Jan McDaniel, Music Director

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