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Jun 10 – 24, 2023

The young and innocent Susannah lives with her brother in a small town in Appalachia. One fateful day, men from her church happen to spot her bathing in a stream and begin to spread vicious rumors about her. As gossip circulates, the community turns their back on Susannah, forcing her to choose between conformity and isolation. But Susannah won’t be made a victim forever. She refuses to give a false confession, inflaming the town around her with tragic, life-altering consequences. Set to a rich score, this classic American opera offers a powerful indictment of religious and social hypocrisy. 

Awarded the New York Music Critics Circle Award for Best New Opera in 1956, Susannah is widely praised for its contemporary feminist themes. OTSL will stage the American classic for the first time during its 2023 Festival Season — this production will be the first to be led by both a female stage director and conductor!

Event information

Loretto-Hilton Center
130 Edgar Road,
St. Louis, MO 63119

Performed in English with projected English supertitles

Accompanied by members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

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Cast & Creative Team

Gemma New


Patricia Racette

Stage Director

Janai Brugger

Susannah Polk

William Guanbo Su

Olin Blitch

Frederick Ballentine

Sam Polk