SUSANNA'S SECRET : A BDSM OPERA
Presented by Mount Analogue and Operamuse
Starring Samantha Gorham (Soprano) and Darrell DJ Jordan (Bartone)
Live piano accompaniment by Collin Whitfield
Set and costumes by Mary Anne Carter and Colleen Louise Barry
SUSANNA'S SECRET is very naughty. Translated from an Italian intermezzo (first performed in German) of the same name and adapted from the original narrative to be set in present-day Seattle and in present-day English, the opera directly deals with sexuality, intimacy, taboo, and the performative nature of romantic relationships.
SUSANNA'S SECRET is performed by Samantha Gorham (Soprano) and Darrell DJ Jordan (Baritone). Mount Analogue will be publishing a limited-edition program for the production, which includes an essay by Gorham on her personal experiences as an opera singer who is also a member of the BDSM community (a program is included with each ticket purchase). The set and costumes are designed by Mount Analogue in collaboration with Mary Anne Carter, and the set will be up for the duration of SUSANNA'S SECRET during Mount Analogue's regular small press book shop hours (Thursday-Sunday, 12-6pm) as an interactive installation.
Tickets are sold on a sliding scale from $15.00 - $50.00; you choose what fits you! Each ticket includes a program and a seat. The only exception is our Valentine's Day performance, which is $30.00 per ticket, and also includes a program and seat, as well as a rose, champagne, and a free whipping from a cast member of their choice.
Doors at 7PM, Shows begin at 8PM
Saturday, January 13th ~ A special FREE preview, presented by members of Operamuse as an introduction to contemporary opera.
Saturday, January 20th: Dress Rehearsal
Thursday, January 25th
Saturday, January 27th
First Thursday, February 1st ~ A TRASH GALA, featuring singers from OperaMuse performing various songs and characters, with audience participation. Donations encouraged and appreciated!
Friday, February 2nd
Saturday, February 3rd
Friday, February 9th
Wednesday, February 14th ~ A special VALENTINES DAY performance, with each ticket guaranteeing you a rose, champagne, and a whipping from a cast member of their choice.
MORE ABOUT OUR PERFORMERS:
DARRELL J. JORDAN ~ "Gil"
Seattle-based lyric baritone Darrell J. Jordan has been praised for his resplendent stage presence (Chicago Classical Review), his shining, beautiful voice (Broadway World), and has been called the star of the show (Columbia Heart Beat). He holds a B.A. in both Psychology and Music and a M.M. in Voice Performance from the University of Missouri. He is currently pursuing his D.M.A. in Voice Performance at the University of Washington under the tutelage of Dr. Kari Ragan. Previous instruction has been from Steven Tharp and Ann Harrell. Before matriculating at the University of Washington, Mr. Jordan was an adjunct professor of music at the University of Missouri, Central Methodist University, and Columbia College, where he taught a full private voice studio, and Stephens College, where he taught an intro voice class, and Italian, German, and French lyric diction.
In demand as a recitalist and concert soloist, his recent solo concert engagements have been with Amherst Early Music Festival, the Odyssey Chamber Music Series, Rolla Choral Arts Society, Choral Arts Alliance of Missouri, the Missouri Symphony, the Southside Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Toledo Symphony. Opera credits include Winter Opera Saint Louis, St. Louis Opera Collective, Haymarket Opera Company, Gateway Opera, the Institute for 17th Century Music, the Show-Me Opera, Lawrence Opera Theatre, the Puget Sound Concert Opera, and will make his Operamuse debut in early 2018. Additionally, Mr. Jordan is on the Teaching Artist roster for the Seattle Opera. He can be heard as the baritone soloist on the album St. Lawrence Psalter. He is a member and co-founder of the nationally recognized professional vocal chamber ensemble, Vox Nova.
SAMANTHA GORHAM ~ "Susanna"
Sammie Gorham is a graduate of Northern Arizona University where she studied with Dr. Robert Allen Saunders and performed many roles, including Nancy in Brittens Albert Herring. She also studied at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University with Alice Hopper, where she performed in the world premiere of The Tale of Lady Thi Kinh. In Washington, she has performed as Adina in LElisir DAmore and the Mother in Hansel and Gretel at the Pacific Lutheran Universitys Summer Opera Program. Sammie made her professional debut as Giannetta in LElisir DAmore in 2014 at Vashon Opera in Washington. She continues to sing in various places in Washington.
Sammie has participated in all of OperaMuses productions. As a soprano, she sang the roles of the Countess in Figaro, Mimi in Boheme, and currently Susanna in Susanna's Secret. Susanna's Secret happens to also be her directorial debut.
COLLIN WHITFIELD ~ Pianist
Collin Whitfield's versatility as a composer, conductor, pianist, organist, and singer has earned him numerous accolades. His compositions have been described by librettist Nicholas Giardini as "beautiful, rapturous and unabashedly romantic, without any of the failings that so often accompany these qualities." As an accompanist, he has worked with a multitude of singers, instrumentalists, and ensembles over the last 15 years. Before moving to the Seattle area, he worked in the Bay Area as accompanist for the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra under the direction of Ming Luke; Chora Nova and the California Bach Society, both under the direction of Dr. Paul Flight; and also under the baton of maestro Ragnar Bohlin, multi-Grammy award winning director of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. Vance George, the Director Emeritus of the SF Symphony Chorus, said of his accompanying: "in all my years spent with the Verdi Requiem, I've never heard anyone play it better." Collin received his Bachelor of Music in Composition degree in May of 2016 from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he studied with notable composers David Conte and Mason Bates.
ABOUT MOUNT ANALOGUE:
Mount Analogue is an interdisciplinary publishing project, a small press book shop, and a gallery / community space. www.mount-analogue.com @themountanalogue
Created in 2017, Operamuse performs condensed versions of operas in non-traditional spaces. Its mission is to create a brand new generation of opera goers through removing negative stereotypes and misconceptions about the art form through modernization of the text and setting. They perform exclusively in English, often taking on social issues in their productions as a way to relate to their audiences, bringing a new perspective and life to there shows. @operamuseseattle
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