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(Floyd: Susannah). The four village Elders (McLean, Gleaton, Hayes, and Ott) who, while trying to find a suitable pool to be used for communal baptism, peer through the trees and see Susannah bathing, naked. Because the sight of her arouses them, they accuse her of shamelessness and encourage the villagers to denounce her and force her to confess her ‘sins’. Created (1955) by (respectively) Harrison Fisher, Kenneth Nelson, Dayton Smith, and Lee Liming.

Subjects: Opera.


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