a co-production between Heartbeat Opera and Opera Lafayette
April 21 & 22, 2019 at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater
May 2-5, 2019 at BAM Fisher (Fishman Space)
Alessandro Stradella, composer
Giovanni Battista Giardini, librettist
Premiere American Staging
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.