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.
Available until06 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.