The Cleveland Opera Brings "Susanna’s Secret" To The Library

"Il segreto di Susanna" ("Susanna’s Secret") is an intermezzo in one act composed by the Italian composer Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari. The opera had its premiere at Munich’s Hoftheater on December 4, 1909. The Cleveland Opera’s performance of "Susanna’s Secret" will be staged and costumed in art deco style to celebrate Cleveland’s Golden Era.

Wolf-Ferrari was born in Venice in 1876, the son of a German father and an Italian mother. At first, he wanted to be a painter like his father, but eventually he enrolled in Munich’s Conservatory of Music, where he studied composition. He became known for his comic operas, and one of the finest is "Susanna's Secret."

"Il segreto di Susanna" is Wolf-Ferrari’s best-known comic opera. In this opera, Count Gil, a jealous husband, suspects that his wife, Susanna, is flirting with another man. The Count tries to trick Susanna into revealing her secret and disclosing the identity of her lover. But, when the truth of Susanna's secret comes out, Count Gil is in for a surprise.

Now in its twenty-third season, The Cleveland Opera strives to make opera accessible to all people. Their production of "Susanna's Secret" features Francisco X. Prado (baritone) and Nicole Wong (soprano) under the direction of Jacek Sobieski. The Cleveland Opera’s performance of "Susanna’s Secret" takes place on Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in the Main Library first floor Multipurpose Room. Admission is free and open to all.

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Volume 15, Issue 6, Posted 1:00 PM, 03.20.2019