Book & Lyrics by Steven Sater
Music by Duncan Sheik

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

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


Fri, Feb 2 and Sat, Feb 3, 8pm; Sat, Feb 3 and Sun, Feb 4, 3pm
Live stream links available for each performance.

Fri, Feb 2 8pm
sat, Feb 3 3pm
sat, Feb 3 8pm
Sun, Feb 4 3pm
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