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Opera Lafayette presents  Alessandro Stradella's <em>La Susanna</em>

Opera Lafayette presents  Alessandro Stradella's La Susanna

Sunday, April 21, 2019 - Monday, April 22, 2019

Opera Lafayette closes their 24th season with a well-timed co-production of Stardella's La Susanna, with Heartbeat Opera.

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Opera Lafayette presents
in collaboration with Heartbeat Opera
Alessandro Stradella's La Susanna

Two judges desire the beautiful Susanna. When she rejects their advances, they exploit their power in an attempt to destroy her. Taken from the timely story of Susanna and the Elders from the Book of Daniel, this is 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 powerful and complicated opera for 2019, with women as both storyteller and savior.

Directed by Heartbeat Opera's co-artistic director Ethan Heard, Lucía Martín Cartón makes her debut as Susanna, with Sara Couden as Testo, Ariana Douglas as Daniel, and Patrick Kilbride and Paul Max Tipton as the Elders. Designers of this new production include Reid Thompson (scenery), Oliver Wason (lighting), and Beth Goldenberg (costumes). Music direction is by Ryan Brown and Jacob Ashworth.

Please note: This performance contains mature content and themes.

Performance Timing: TBA