Tonight the Seagle Music Colony premieres their third main stage production, Susannah.
The musical first opened in 1955 at Florida State University and made its New York debut the following year at New York City Opera. It is the most performed American opera today, second only to Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, and liberally borrows from Appalachian folk melodies and hymn tunes.
NCPR’s Todd Moe interviewed Seagle’s Darren Woods about how relevant the opera is today, and how it’s really a ”Modern Opera”. With soaring folk-tune inspired arias and ensembles, and a gripping story dealing with sex, religion and innocence, it’s not hard to understand why.
Sung in English with projected English supertitles Pre-Show lecture - 1 hour prior to curtain Bringing Susannah to Seagle is very special for Darren: he studied with Carlisle Floyd, the Opera’s creator – who at 88 is still composing – when he was a student. Click here to hear Darren’s interview.
Where and When: Seagle Music Colony: July 30, 31, August 2 at 8 pm, August 1 at 2 pm. Call 518-532-7875 for ticket information.