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Aug. 15 2015

9/26/15 – SUSANNAH – 1pm

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San Francisco Opera

SUSANNAH by Carlisle Floyd
Libretto by Carlisle Floyd

NEW PRODUCTION

susannah_sfo15In the backwoods of Tennessee, a beautiful young woman is accused of indecent behavior after she is discovered bathing naked in a stream. Will the charismatic traveling preacher who sets his sights on her soul be her salvation, or her downfall? Carlisle Floyd’s all-American score, which beautifully evokes the work’s rural Appalachian setting, “is unabashedly neo-Romantic” (The New York Times). The radiant Patricia Racette sings the title role, with Brandon Jovanovich as her brother and Raymond Aceto as the hell-raising itinerant preacher. Conductor Karen Kamensek makes her San Francisco Opera debut in this eagerly awaited Company premiere directed by Michael Cavanagh (Nixon in China, 2012).

Sung in English with English supertitles
Approximate running time: 2 hours, 10 minutes including one intermission

Susannah Polk: Patricia Racette
Sam Polk: Brandon Jovanovich
Rev Olin Blitch: Raymond Aceto
Mrs McLean: Catherine Cook
Little Bat McLean: James Kryshak
Mrs Hayes: Jacqueline Piccolino
Mrs Gleaton: Erin Johnson
Mrs Ott: Suzanne Hendrix
Elder Hayes: Joel Sorensen
Elder Gleaton: AJ Glueckert
Elder McLean: Dale Travis
Elder Ott: Timothy Mix
Conductor: Karen Kamensek

San Francisco Opera Chorus, Ian Robertson, chorus master

DIRECTOR MICHAEL CAVANAGH
SET DESIGNER ERHARD ROM
COSTUME DESIGNER MICHAEL YEARGAN
LIGHTING DESIGNER GARY MARDER
CHORUS DIRECTOR IAN ROBERTSON
CHOREOGRAPHER LAWRENCE PECH
FIGHT DIRECTOR DAVE MAIER

* SAN FRANCISCO OPERA DEBUT

photos: Cory Weaver

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