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NYC Brooklyn: Heartbeat Opera's La Susanna

Performance and talk back. Saturday, May 4 8 PM is Yale Night. At Brooklyn Academy of Music. Use code YALE for a discount for any performance, May 2-5 Produced by a team of Yalies.

A team of Yalies are involved in Heartbeat Opera and Opera Lafayette's co-production of Stradella's La Susanna at DC's Kennedy Center and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. They have very graciously offered us discounted tickets and a talkback following the May 4th performance at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. 

Opera Lafayette and Heartbeat Opera present a co-production of


Yale Night, May 4th, 2019 8pm Brooklyn Academy of Music

Alessandro Stradella, composer

Giovanni Battista Giardini, librettist   

Based on the story of Susanna and the Elders in the Book of Daniel

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.

Heartbeat Opera, dedicated to re-imagining opera for today’s audiences, and Opera Lafayette, renowned for breathing new life into rediscovered masterpieces, bring together their passions and expertise for this premiere production.


Running Time: 1 hour 45 minutes.


Join us for a talk back on May 4th. Many Yalies involved in this production:

Ethan Heard, ’07 B.A., ’13 M.F.A., Co-Artistic Director of Heartbeat Opera, Stage Director of LA SUSANNA

Jacob Ashworth, '13 M.M., '14 M.M.A., '18 D.M.A., Co-Music Director of Heartbeat Opera, Co-Music Director of LA SUSANNA

Daniel Schlosberg, ’10 B.A., ’13 M.M., ’14 ’M.M.A., ’18 D.M.A., Co-Music Director of Heartbeat Opera

Louisa Proske, ’12 M.F.A., Co-Artistic Director of Heartbeat Opera

Sara Couden, '14 M.M., Singer

Reid Thompson, ’14 M.F.A., Scenic Designer

Oliver Wason, ’14 M.F.A., Lighting Designer

Erin Krebs, ’18 B.A., Assistant Director

Peregrine Heard, ’12 B.A., Dramaturg and Translator

Nicholas Betson, '09 M.A. and MPhil, Supertitles

Use code YALE for a discount for any performance, May 2-5


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