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Stradella’s La Susanna, a co-production with Heartbeat Opera
April 22, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Two judges desire the beautiful Susanna. When she rejects their advances, they exploit their power in an attempt to destroy her. It’s the Bible’s iconic story of sexual harassment and the perversion of justice. Originally conceived with a male narrator and male savior, Stradella’s seductive oratorio from 1681 becomes a startlingly powerful opera for 2019, with women as both storyteller and whistleblower. Heartbeat Opera (“imaginative and vital” – The New Yorker) and Opera Lafayette (“uncommonly rewarding” – Musical America) join forces to breathe new life into this baroque gem, which speaks truth to power here and now.
Lucía Martín Cartón, Susanna
Sara Couden, Testo
Ariana Douglas, Daniel
Patrick Kilbride, Judge
Paul Max Tipton, Judge
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