Opera Fort Collins Presents Carlisle Floyd’s Two-act Opera, Susannah

Apr 3, 2023 | Member News

Susannah is an opera in two acts by composer Carlisle Floyd. Written during the
McCarthy era, Susannah is loosely based on the Apocryphal tale of “Susannah and
the Elders”. The opera centers on a young and innocent woman of humble
origins who is targeted as a sinner in a small mountain town of New Hope Valley
in Tennessee. Floyd embraced folk music and Broadway influences – a vibrant
and unexpected choice in the 1950s, when American serious composition was
exclusively concerned with German expressionism.

Susannah was chosen to represent American music and culture at the World’s
Fair at Brussels in 1958, with a production by Frank Corsaro. Today, Susannah is
one of the most performed American operas, second to Porgy and Bess, and has
come to symbolize the American voice in opera.

April 28, 2023 @ 7:00pm
April 30, 2023 @ 2:00pm
Timberline Church (South Auditorium)
2908 S. Timberline Road, Fort Collins, Colorado

General Admission : $50


Featuring: Soprano Anna Mandina as Susannah Polk | Tenor Nathan Snyder as Sam Polk | Bass Baritone Eric J. McConnell as Olin Blitch | OFC Chorus | Opera Fort Collins Symphony
Randie Blooding, Director | Steven Aguiló-Arbues, Conductor


Opera Fort Collins
P.O. Box 503, Fort Collins, CO, 80522
Artistic Director – Steven Aguiló-Arbues – [email protected]
Executive Director – Marie Krizanovic – [email protected]
OFC President – Samantha Jo Staggs – [email protected]

OFC is a 501(c)3 non-profit performing arts organization.
The Mission of Opera Fort Collins is to entertain, enrich and educate through the professional
presentation of opera productions and community engagement programs.