Welcome to Festival Opera’s 2019 Season culminating in a stunning mainstage production of Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah on July 12 and 14, featuring award-winning soprano Shana Blake Hill in the title role.
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18-year-old Susannah Polk is a typical teenager entering womanhood in the quiet mountain town of New Hope, Tennessee, when she finds herself bereft of hope as she becomes the target of ruthless and malicious gossip.
In his seminal opera, Carlisle Floyd revisits the Apocryphal tale of Susanna and the Elders, but transports the story to his own familiar universe — the American South of the 1950s during a time of profound social change. The nation was gripped by intense fear during the McCarthy era, when making accusations without evidence was common practice, while the the feminist and civil rights movements were also gaining momentum. More than six decades since its premiere, Floyd’s Susannah now stands as the second most beloved American opera, after Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.
Join us for a stunning production of this uniquely American tale of innocence, lust, and social consequence.
Mark Foehringer, Director
Bryan Nies, Conductor
William Sauerland, Chorusmaster
Shana Blake Hill as Susannah Polk
Alex Boyer as Sam Polk
Philip Skinner as Reverend Olin Blitch
Robert Norman as Little Bat McLean
Eugene Brancoveanu as Elder McLean
Michael Orlinsky as Elder Gleaton
Joseph Meyers as Elder Hayes
Malte Roesner as Elder Ott
Erin Neff as Mrs. McLean
Diana Tash as Mrs. Gleaton
Kristen Campbell as Mrs. Hayes
Danielle Marcelle Bond as Mrs. Ott
Festival Opera Orchestra & Chorus
Enjoy a delectable meal in the company of other opera fans before the show on July 12 at Prima Ristorante on Main Street, just steps from the Lesher Center and enjoy the company of artists, board members, and fellow opera lovers at 5:30 pm as we celebrate our historic Susannah opening night.
Reserve by calling or email firstname.lastname@example.org. $150/person, no-host bar.
Rossmoor Opera Club warmly invites you to attend a preview of Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah on Wednesday, June 19th at 2:00 PM in the Fireside Room at Gateway.
All Rossmoor residents and guests are invited. One need not be a member of the Club to attend. The presentation covers the history of the opera, the current production details and some musical highlights of the opera performed by the artists.
No ticket required.