Sancta Susanna
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Sancta Susanna
08 October 2016 at 20h00 CET
Duration: 00:28:32"


Paul Hindemith’s one-act opera is set for three women soloists, two speaking roles and women’s chorus. Premiered in 1922 in Frankfurt, SANCTA SUSANNA has been the subject of some scandal, thanks to its provocative subject matter.


The subject is blasphemous, to say the least, dealing as it does with the sexual frustration and fantasies of a nun, Susanna, during a night in May, after hearing the cries of pleasure from a couple making love beside the chapel where she was praying. One of her companions then tells her a story going back forty years: a nun, who was discovered naked, embracing a crucified Christ, was immured alive.

The opera ends with the denuding of Susanna, in love with a Christ who, in Scarpitta’s production, is embodied by a naked young Adonis. In the end, Susanna refuses the sacrament of confession, proclaiming with all her physicality the victory of flesh over chastity.


Agnes Selma Weiland - Susanna
Magdalena Anna Hofmann - Klementia
Joanna Curelaru Kata - The old nun
Zoé Micha - A maidservant
Hervé Dez Martinez - A valet
Music director: Bernhard Kontarsky
Choir director: Alan Woodbridge
Costumes: Marie-Jeanne Lecca
Choir: Chœurs et Maîtrise de l’Opéra de Lyon
Composer: Paul Hindemith
Sets: Johan Engels
Libretto: August Albert Berhard Stramm
Lighting: Fabrice Kebour
Director: John Fulljames
Orchestra: Orchestre de l’Opéra de Lyon
Video: Ian Galloway

Available until

06 April 2017 at 23h59 CET

Note on subtitles

THE OPERA PLATFORM presents SANCTA SUSANNA free of charge as video on demand. This opera is a full-length performance offered in addition to our regular programme, and is related to our "Mini Festival" dedicated to the Opéra de Lyon. Therefore subtitles will only be provided in French. 


The Opera Platform presents Hindemith - SANCTA SUSANNA from Opéra de Lyon. Starting 08 October 2016 at 20h00 CET, the opera will be available as video on demand.


This opera is a full-length performance offered in addition to our regular programme. Subtitles in six languages will not be provided.