St. Petersburg Opera opens Susannah

Susan Hellman stars American opera's Tennessee mountain girl.


St. Petersburg Opera opens its highly anticipated production of Susannah this evening. The popular American opera follows an innocent Tennessee mountain girl accused of sinful behavior by her town’s church-going elders. 

Penned by Carlisle Floyd in the 1950s — then a professor at Florida State University — the opera will feature a member of the original cast and Floyd will be in residence this week participating in SPO events. The opera stars Susan Hellman as Susannah, Todd Donovan as Olin Blitch, Scott Wichael as Little Bat and Anthony Webb as Sam. Hellman and Donovan have had impressive career credits throughout the country and are based in St. Pete. Wichael is Kansas City-based but has also performed widely. Webb was hailed as a “nimble” young tenor by The New York Times. Fri., Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m., Sun., Feb. 2, 2 p.m. and Tue., Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m., Palladium Theatre, 253 Fifth Ave. N., stpetesburgopera.org. 

Scroll to read more Local Arts articles
Join the Creative Loafing Tampa Bay Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state.
Help us keep this coverage going with a one-time donation or an ongoing membership pledge.

Newsletters

Join Creative Loafing Tampa Bay Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Creative Loafing Tampa Bay. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Creative Loafing Tampa Bay, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected]