Heartbeat Opera & Opera Lafayette present a co-production of

Stradella’s La Susanna (1681)
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.


Lucía Martín Cartón, Susanna
Sara Couden, Scholar/Testo
Ariana Douglas, Student/Daniel
Patrick Kilbride, Judge
Paul Max Tipton, Judge


Ryan Brown, Violin
Jacob Ashworth, Violin
Arash Noori, Theorbo
Anthony Manzo, Bass
Loretta O’Sullivan, Cello
Andrew Appel, Harpsichord 


Ryan Brown and Jacob Ashworth, music direction
Ethan Heard, stage direction
Emma Crane Jaster, movement direction
Reid Thompson, scenic design
Beth Goldenberg, costume design
Oliver Wason, lighting design
Peregrine Heard and Jacob Ashworth, English translation
Caroline Englander, stage management
Jenn Gallo, assistant stage management
Erin Krebs, assistant direction
Morgan Wade, assistant movement direction

Washington, DC:

April 21-22, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Terrace Theater
2700 F St NW
Washington, DC 20566

New York, NY:

May 2-4, 2019, 8:00 p.m.
May 5, 2019, 3:00 p.m.
BAM Fisher (Fishman Space)
321 Ashland Place
Brooklyn, NY 11217

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