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Carlisle Floyd's "Susannah"

Location: New Jersey, USA
Voicing: Mixed
Coro Lirico,  under the direction of Warren Helms, will present Susannah, an opera in two acts by the American composer, Carlisle Floyd on Saturday, May 10, 2014, 8:00 p.m. at The Church of the Redeemer, South Street, Morristown, NJ.  The opera is adapted from the Apocryphal tale of Susannah and the Elders - with, however, a darker ending.  The opera was awarded the New York Music Critics Circle Award for Best New Opera in 1956 and was chosen to represent American music and culture at the World's Fair at Brussels in 1958.   The music is largely characterized by Appalachian folk  melodies , Protestant hymns and traditional classical music.  The opera was written during the McCarthy era and is  said to be in response to the events of that era.  Susannah is one of the most performed American operas, second only  to Porgy and Bess.  
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