Carlisle Floyd's astringent opera takes the biblical story of Susannah and the Elders (from the book of Daniel, for those keeping score at home) and plants it in the soil of Tennessee during the Cold War and McCarthyism. It works fine as political or social allegory, but for my money the core myth works best as a pure dose of psycho-sexual insanity. Our heroine (Meghann Schmidt), who lives alone with her besotted big brother (Roy Heilman), has a predilection for bathing... More >>>