Opera: Taking Up Serpents

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Opera: Taking Up Serpents

Date: 02/03/2024
Time: 8:00 PM

Mainstage Theatre, Kleist Center for Art & Drama
95 E Bagley Rd


Music by Kamala Sankaram
Libretto by Jerre Dye
Commissioned by Washington National Opera

“Taking Up Serpents” is presented through special arrangement with UIA Talent Agency and Just a Theory Press.

With a score showcasing Kamala Sankaram’s deft stylistic eclecticism and an original story inspired by Jerre Dye’s roots in the Deep South, “Taking Up Serpents” calls into question faith, family, and destiny with shocking results.

“Taking Up Serpents” is the story of 25-year-old Kayla, the estranged daughter of a fire-and-brimstone preacher who is dangerously bitten by one of his own snakes. Kayla’s journey home forces her to confront her troubled upbringing.

Commissioned by Washington National Opera, Baldwin Wallace Opera will offer the fifth production and Cleveland Premiere of this powerful new opera composed by one of the fastest-rising opera composers of our time!

Performed with chamber orchestra.
Sung in English.
Approximate Run Time: 75 Minutes


Fri, Feb 2, 8pm
Sat, Feb 3, 3pm & 8 pm
Sun, Feb 4, 3pm


Watch it live

Can’t make it to the performance in person? We’ve got you covered. A few minutes before the concert is scheduled to begin, simply click on the link below and be sure to adjust your speakers. Finally, sit back and enjoy the outstanding performance. Note: Live stream performances are not available for replay.